A good reputation, a memorable brand, and maintaining great relationships with customers are just a few things businesses want (and need). It doesn’t matter if it’s a Fortune 500 company or a local independent coffee shop, the need for aggressive advertising and PR is tremendous. This is true today more than ever before, thanks to a sluggish economy and a slow job market. Businesses know that advertising and PR are essential to growth, so they now spend billions of dollars each year to keep customers coming back. This is good news for graphic designers with exceptional skills. In fact, job growth in the graphic design industry is expected to average 13 percent between now and 2018. This means that the graphic design industry one of the nation’s fastest growing industries—and not just in the world of advertising.
Graphic designers also work in other industries such as specialized design services, publishing, printing, and computer systems design. To keep up with the demand for skilled graphic designers in all fields, more colleges than ever before offer graphic design programs. This means finding a program is easy, but finding the best graphic design program might take a little research. Fortunately, organizations such as Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report publish a variety of “best schools” lists each year. To determine which schools deserve a spot on the list, they consider factors such as financial resources, faculty resources, number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, and peer assessment.
Kansas is home to more than 65 accredited colleges and universities. Many of these schools scored high in all areas. Several of the “best” offer graphic design programs. Browse through the list below to review Kansas’s best schools for graphic designers and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs - Major Kansas Cities
Kansas State University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Arts, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Graphic Design
Best Graphic Design School Programs – Other Kansas Cities and Towns
Emporia State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
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