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
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.
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|
|University of Rochester Rochester, NY||16 : 1||12,233|
|Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY||16 : 1||16,254|
|Nazareth College Rochester, NY||16 : 1||2,979|
|SUNY College at Brockport Brockport, NY||23 : 1||7,924|
|Monroe Community College Rochester, NY||43 : 1||11,572|
|Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY||50 : 1||5,649|
|Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN||47 : 1||4,944|
|Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY||19 : 1||1,780|
|SUNY College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY||21 : 1||5,398|
|Widener University Chester, PA||24 : 1||6,496|
|Bryant & Stratton College-Greece Rochester, NY||35 : 1||449|
|Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES-Center for Workforce Development Rochester, NY||81|