2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Art & Design Degrees

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These 16 online schools offer the most affordable art and design degrees. All schools on this list have tuitions under $16,000. With options at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels, these schools are excellent choices for students pursuing online degrees in art and design. These degrees span a variety of art specializations including web design, graphic design, music, and fashion design and merchandising. Our most affordable school, Eastern Illinois University, offers an online Master of Arts in Art for only $4,979 per year. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online art and design degrees at the associate level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Art & Design Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,979 Art & Design Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Southeastern Technical College Annual Tuition $5,116 Art & Design Degrees: Associate
#3 #3 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $8,662 Art & Design Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $11,412 Art & Design Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#6 #6 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#7 #7 Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $11,765 Art & Design Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#8 #8 University of Advancing Technology Annual Tuition $12,200 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Midway University Annual Tuition $12,450 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,120 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Hodges University Annual Tuition $13,200 Art & Design Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#12 #12 Lesley University Annual Tuition $13,500 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Full Sail University Annual Tuition $13,800 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#14 #14 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 University of Denver Annual Tuition $15,072 Art & Design Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#16 #16 Champlain College Annual Tuition $15,395 Art & Design Degrees: Bachelor's

Most Affordable Art & Design College Details

For each school ranked above, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' art & design programs. Explore art & design class offerings, degrees offered, and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    History and Philosophy of Music Education; Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning; Seminar in Music History; Workshops in Music
  • Annual Tuition: $5,116
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and COE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Computer Concepts; Java Programming; Program Design and Development; Web Development; Web Graphics; Web Technologies
  • Annual Tuition: $8,662
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Music in America; Music of the Baroque Era; Music of the Romantic Era; Post-Tonal Analysis; Schenkerian Theory; Stylistic Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Digital Imaging; Basic Design and Color Theory; Desktop Publishing; Digital Graphic Design for the Web; Global Sourcing and Apparel; Graphics and Layout in Print Media; History of Design; Language and Practice of Media Arts; Merchandise Planning; Retail Sales Promotion
  • Annual Tuition: $11,412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Consumer Behavior; Financial Merchandising Implications; Historical & Contemporary Issues in Trade; International Retail Expansion; Product Design, Development & Evaluation; Retail Theory & Current Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Imaging; Digital Photography; History of Art; Interactive Publication; Introduction to 3D Graphics; Vector Illustration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,765
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced 3D Modeling; Advanced Character Modeling; Advanced PHP for E-Commerce; Advanced User Experience Design; Digital Effects; Information Architecture for the Web; Interactive Publishing; Internet History & E-commerce; Search Engines, Optimization & Analytics; The Business of Digital Media
  • Annual Tuition: $12,200
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Beginning Web Design; Best Practices in Web Production; Building Dynamic Websites; Digital Asset Creation; Graphic Design Foundational Principles; Java Programming
  • Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Consumer/Audience Analysis; Digital Animation; Digital Storytelling; Drawing; Graphic Design; Photoshop
  • Annual Tuition: $13,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Design Basics; Identity Design; Interactivity Basics; Single Page Design; Typography; Website Development

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    Architectural Drafting; Civil Drafting; Digital Animation and Effects for the Web; Multimedia Portfolio; Packaging Design; Visual Communication and Design

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Design Thinking; Drawing for Interactive Experiences; Elements of Interface; User Experience; UX Design for Business Practices; Visual Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $13,800
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ACCSC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Database Structures; Applied Design Tools and Interfaces; Design and Art Theory; Designing for Web Standards; Digital Publishing; Digital Studio; Graphic Web Design; Interfaces and Usability; Logos and Symbols; Popular Culture in Media
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Media; Graphic Communication Portfolio; Intermediate Drawing; Motion Graphics; Typography and Layout

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Website Design and Management; Object-Oriented Methods; Python Programming; Usability Design For Websites; Web Development with PHP; Web Enabled Information Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $15,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Client Side Scripting - Javascript; Designing Digital Images for the Web; Server Side Scripting - PHP; Web Page Development I - HTML; Web Site Design; Writing for the Web
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