Art & Design is tough. Really tough. It is a constant competition to design something better. It is "thinking outside the box" so many times you've decided to forget the box altogether. Not to mention you will become a master at thriving with little to no sleep and develop thick skin from enduring brutal critiques.
So, why put yourself through this? Passion. When you put everything into a project and it’s ripped apart, you get more coffee, improve the design, and come back with an even greater masterpiece.
But if passion alone isn’t enough, how about this. Median salaries for the top 10 design careers surpassed $50,000*. Art & design jobs are also expected to increase by 7% over the next eight years*. With higher salaries than most majors and plenty of career avenues, art & design graduates are cashing in on their passions. Graduating from an art & design program is a difficult and competitive feat. But if you can do it, you will create a growing career where your computer battery is your only limit.*PayScale Salary Survey data
Since 1965, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts has been educating artists and scholars alike on cinema studies, television, dance, drama, photography and more. NYU undoubtedly attracts talented student artists from around the world. The learning opportunities that Tisch provides to budding artists goes beyond New York City. In addition to the school’s six New York City locations—including 721 Broadway, 111 Second Avenue, and 194 Mercer—Tisch has expanded its reach around the globe. In 2007, Tisch School of the Arts Asia opened in Singapore with an inaugural film master’s degree program. Since that time, Tisch Asia has added animation and digital arts, dramatic writing, and international media producing programs. In addition, through the NYU Global Network, students in London, Prague, and Shanghai can enroll in Tisch courses. In 2012, Tisch opened the NYU Game Center to give students interested in becoming game developers, designers, and even critics, the education they need to reach their career goals. Through its bachelor’s and master’s game design program, the Center teaches students how to integrate animation, writing, and audio to create games that can be used for education or entertainment. In addition, NYU hosts the Game Center Student Show, where students show off the projects they created during their studies. Some exhibited projects include 3D animations, multiplayer games, surrealist game art, and card and board games.
The New School offers 55 Art and Design degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,238 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 749 Bachelor's degrees, 259 Master's degrees, 183 Associate's degrees, and 47 Certificates.
Fashion Institute of Technology offers 25 Art and Design degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,332 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 771 Associate's degrees, 529 Bachelor's degrees, 20 Master's degrees, and 12 Certificates.
University of Rochester offers 27 Art and Design degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 285 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 131 Bachelor's degrees, 100 Master's degrees, and 54 Doctoral degrees.
Pratt Institute-Main offers 24 Art and Design degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 484 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 323 Bachelor's degrees, 142 Master's degrees, and 19 Associate's degrees.
Columbia University in the City of New York offers 16 Art and Design degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 291 Art and Design students graduated with students earning 183 Master's degrees, 99 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Doctoral degrees.
Imagine being given one paper coffee cup, a plastic lid, a cardboard cup sleeve, and a wooden stir stick and being told you have three hours to design and produce a scale model of a chair using only these materials. Such challenges keep design students at RIT engaged in their classes while developing creativity, productivity, and other skills they’ll need in their future careers. No wonder IDEO, Fisher Price, and Apple are among the top employers of industrial design graduates. (Not to be outdone, 3D digital design grads have gone on to positions at DreamWorks, and notable ad agency BBDO is fond of RIT’s graphic design majors.) RIT has one of the oldest and most extensive cooperative education programs in the nation, and interested students from design programs are encouraged to take advantage of the institute’s connections to gain real-life experience in their field of study. Also available to students is the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which opened on campus in 2010 to house the extensive professional archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The center’s annual lecture series provides the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from visiting design professionals.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|New York University New York, NY||17 : 1||52,885|
|The New School New York, NY||24 : 1||10,432|
|Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY||39 : 1||8,726|
|The Juilliard School New York, NY||7 : 1||960|
|SUNY at Purchase College Purchase, NY||22 : 1||4,157|
|University of Rochester Rochester, NY||16 : 1||12,233|
|Manhattan School of Music New York, NY||10 : 1||1,009|
|Pratt Institute-Main Brooklyn, NY||28 : 1||5,069|
|Syracuse University Syracuse, NY||20 : 1||22,850|
|Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY||19 : 1||31,456|
|School of Visual Arts New York, NY||10 : 1||4,562|
|American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York, NY||17 : 1||1,773|
|Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY||16 : 1||16,254|
|Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY||22 : 1||3,099|
|CUNY Hunter College New York, NY||37 : 1||23,193|
|University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY||26 : 1||31,923|
|Ithaca College Ithaca, NY||12 : 1||6,266|
|CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY||35 : 1||17,811|
|Cornell University Ithaca, NY||13 : 1||24,027|
|SUNY at Fredonia Fredonia, NY||18 : 1||4,446|