Design Schools and Degree Programs

Learn about design schools and degree programs, including those related to fashion, graphic and interior design. Find information on education levels, curriculum and design facilities here. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

There are various fields where people with training in design can find work. Most design programs offer certificates or associate's degrees, but bachelor's and master's programs are also available. In these programs, students learn the principles behind design as well as the role of design in business, merchandising, and other fields.

Degrees Design certificates and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs are available
Courses Fundamental principles of design, digital media design, software design, merchandising, business fundamentals
School Considerations Campus facilities with specialized design software and design machinery

What Areas of Design Study Can I Pursue?

As a design student, you may enroll in a program in one of many areas of design, including interior design, fashion design, software design, jewelry design, service design or graphic design, to name only a few. Many areas offer specific concentrations within a program of study. For example, in a graphic design program, you may focus on digital media/website design, illustration or video game/software development.

What Degree Levels Can I Earn?

If you are interested in studying design, you can complete certificate programs, associate degree programs, bachelor degree programs and even master's programs in various areas of the field. Design program levels may feature coursework that begins with basic design techniques, such as drafting or illustration, space planning, layout design and fabrication techniques.

More advanced courses might focus on practical uses of design elements, including business aspects of design, merchandising, authorship and intellectual properties of design. In many areas of design study, you may also be asked to produce a portfolio displaying proficiency in your field of study. Many online programs are available at all degree levels.

While certificate programs will likely focus on those courses related strictly to design, degree programs will generally require you to complete general education classes as well. Master's-level courses typically require you to take your studies one step further, focusing on theories of design and research in the field. Some may require you to complete a capstone project or thesis paper.

What Type of Facilities and Resources Will Assist Me?

Campus facilities can assist you in developing and actualizing your designs. Fashion design programs may feature presses and seam-welding machinery. Graphic design facilities may include computer labs and interior design programs may provide you textile presses or photography and video studios or laboratories. Certain programs may provide you with prototype machines to help you develop a finished marketable product.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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  • The Art Institutes

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    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Virginia: Arlington
  • Lincoln Tech

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    • Colorado: Denver
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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
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  • Full Sail University

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  • Regent University

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    Popular programs at Regent University:

    • Master
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  • General Assembly

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    Popular programs at General Assembly:

    • Certificates

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    • Anywhere: Online Campus
    • Columbia (D.C.): Online Campus, Washington, D.C.
  • Penn Foster Career School

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  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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    Popular programs at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota:

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  • CDI College

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    Popular programs at CDI College:

    • Certificates

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    • Anywhere: Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Montreal, Point Claire, Surrey, Toronto, Winnipeg
  • Penn Foster High School

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