North Dakota is home to 21 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) have been in business for at least two years, (3) have signed 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 Title IV financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
A number of Title IV schools in North Dakota offer programs for aspiring graphic designers and all are considered affordable. Continue reading to find out which North Dakota schools offer graphic design programs and how much you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive North Dakota Graphic Design Schools
Minot State University, Minot - Tuition Information: Undergraduate $8,023 for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks – Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $7,964; Minnesota residents $8,749; contiguous states $11,238; nonresidents $18,898 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Valley City State University, Valley City – Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $5,153, Minnesota residents $5,772; residents of Montana, South Dakota, Midwest Student Exchange Program (Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin), Manitoba, Saskatchewan $6,441; residents of Western Undergraduate Exchange (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) $7,730; residents of state/province/country not listed $13,759 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Dickinson State University, Dickinson - Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $5,013 (12 credit hours per semester), Montana and contiguous states $6,266 12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $7,519 12 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
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North Dakota is home to 4,540 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. With a population of 660, graphic designers represent the largest group among these professionals. The population has increased since 2012, when the state was home to 540 graphic designers. They earn an average salary of $35,370 per year, up from $34,330 in 2012.
Most North Dakota-based graphic designers work at creative agencies, PR firms, publishing companies (newspaper, books, magazines, directory publishers), and printing firms. Just a few employment options include:
- Absolute Marketing Group, Minot, Fargo
- Ad Monkeys, Grand Forks
- Agency MABU, Bismarck
- Anchor Marketing, Grand Forks
- Dawa Solutions Group, Williston
- Ironclad Marketing, Fargo
- KK BOLD, Bismarck
- Odney Advertising, Bismarck, Minot, Fargo
- Results Unlimited, Fargo
- SimmonsFlint, Fargo, Grand Forks
- Spotlight Media, Fargo
- Stray Media Group, Grand Forks
While opportunities for graphic designers can be found in a number of cities across the state, North Dakota’s major cities may offer more options. The state’s top five largest cities are Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, and West Fargo.
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