Michigan is home to 107 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To earn Title IV status, an institution must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) be in business for at least two years, (3) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for a variety of Title IV financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with varying levels of financial need.
Many of Michigan’s Title IV schools offer excellent graphic design programs. Some are expensive, while others are considered affordable. Just a few of the state's most affordable schools for graphic designers are Western Michigan University, Oakland University, and Michigan State University.
Continue reading to find out which Michigan schools offer top-tier graphic design programs and how much you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Michigan Graphic Design Schools
College for Creative Studies, Detroit – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $37,560; Graduate $40,860 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills - Tuition Cost: Graduate $33,406 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $24,600 (12 credit hours per semester); Graduate $18,900 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Olivet College, Olivet – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $23,950 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $18,750 (average 27 credits per year); Graduate $19,790 (average 20 credits per year) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Michigan Graphic Design Schools
Michigan State University, East Lansing – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $13,612, nonresidents, $36,412 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,850, nonresidents, $23,670 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident tuition $11,720 for lower division students, $12,778 for upper division; nonresident lower division students $26,404, upper division $29,218 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Grand Valley State University, Allendale - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident tuition $11,078 for lower division students, $11,648 for upper division, nonresident lower division students $15,744, upper division, $16,344 upper division; Graduate resident $10,440 (9 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $13,860 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $9,556, nonresidents $14,956 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Oakland University, Rochester – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents, lower division $9,210 (12 credit hours per semester), upper division $10,680 (12 credit hours per semester); nonresidents lower division $19,098, upper division $20,478 for the 2015-2016 school year
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Michigan Graphic Design Scene
Michigan is home to more than 48,000 professionals working in Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media occupations. Around 5,510 are graphic designers averaging $47,940 per year. Michigan-based graphic designers often work at creative agencies, PR firms, and for publishers. Other options include computer systems design and printing. Just a few employment options for graphic designers in the State of Michigan include:
- Brogan & Partners, Birmingham
- Campbell-Ewald, Warren
- Digital Image Studios, Farmington Hills
- Digitas, Detroit
- Duffey Petrovsky, Farmington Hills
- Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Detroit
- Group Fifty-Five Marketing, Detroit
- J.R. Thompson Company, Farmington Hills
- JCM Media Group, Ann Arbor
- Leo Burnett, Troy
- McCann Erikson, Birmingham
- MRM, Birmingham
- Real Integrated, Bloomfield Hills
- Team Detroit, Dearborn
- UniWorld Group, Dearborn
While opportunities for graphic designers can be found in many cities across the state, major cities may offer a greater number of opportunities. The state’s top five largest cities are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, and Ann Arbor. A few smaller cities are worth looking into and include Birmingham, Dearborn, and Farmington Hills.
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