Which Well-Known Schools Offer a Graduate Degree in Web Design?

Read about three schools chosen as top picks for graduate Web design programs based on their national rankings and fine arts rankings. Explore the Web design degree options at each school. Get info on how to choose a good school for your Web design studies. Schools offering Digital Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What are the Characteristics of a Top School for a Graduate Degree in Web Design?

Since Web design is a field that faces changing trends and new technologies, top schools should provide you with opportunities to work in a laboratory or studio with the latest hardware and software, as well as teach the latest trends used on the Web. Professors should have recent professional experience in design and give one-on-one feedback on your work. You might look for a university that's partnered with major companies for which you can complete design projects as part of a team. Top schools might allow you to participate in internships during the summer or school year and provide multiple opportunities to develop an online portfolio that you can show potential employers. You can also find out if your prospective school's graduates have a high rate of employment in roles related to Web design.

What are Three Top Schools for a Graduate Degree in Web Design?

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

As of 2019, the highly selective Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is ranked among The Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school's graduate fine arts program number six in the country in 2016; the graduate program in multimedia and visual communications ranked number one that same year (www.usnews.com). CMU has faculty and alumni who have earned Nobel Prizes, performing arts awards and professional achievement awards. The school's Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Interactions is the program that most emphasizes communication/information design, but there are other graduate programs available:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Design
  • Master of Design (M.Des.) in Design for Interactions
  • Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Design for Interactions
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Design Studies
  • Doctorate of Design (D.Des.)

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA

As of 2019, DU was named among The Princeton Review's Best 384 Colleges. The McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University offers a Master of Science in Media Arts and Technology with a concentration in Web design and development, which can prepare students for careers in website development and programming. The program's faculty are known for having practical experience as full-time design professionals, and the school offers students updated facilities, hardware and software. Specifically, the graduate degree offered is:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Media Arts and Technology

University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

As of 2019, the University of Florida (UF) was tied for 35th place among best national universities according to rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Moreover, the school tied for 8th place among the publication's 2019 list of the country's top public schools. UF offers an online master's degree program in mass communication in Web design and online communication. The program focuses on design, interactivity, branding and management. Instructors teach the latest trends in the field and work with students to create online portfolios. Some of the school's faculty have received awards from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Pulitzer Prizes. The online graduate degree is:

  • M.A. in Mass Communication - Web Design and Online Communication

Top Web Design Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Drexel University4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA$35,000
Grand Valley State University4-year, PublicAllendale, MI$17,000
Illinois Institute of Technology4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$31,000
Mercy College4-year, PrivateDobbs Ferry, NY$16,000
New York Institute of Technology4-year, PrivateOld Westbury, NY$23,000
New York University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$45,000
Northeastern University4-year, PrivateBoston, MA$24,000
Seattle University4-year, PrivateSeattle, WA$20,000
University of Georgia4-year, PublicAthens, GA$11,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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