2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Graphic Design Degrees

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This list of the 13 most affordable online schools offering graphic design degrees includes programs at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels. All schools on the list offer degrees with annual tuitions under $25,000. The most affordable school on this list, Southern New Hampshire University Online, offers three different bachelor's degrees in graphic design including a degree in 3D Modeling & Animation. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online graphic design degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Graphic Design Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Midway University Annual Tuition $12,450 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,120 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Hodges University Annual Tuition $13,200 Graphic Design Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#6 #6 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $15,687 Graphic Design Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#8 #8 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Annual Tuition $16,370 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $18,990 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#10 #10 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $19,741 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Full Sail University Annual Tuition $21,348 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Berkeley College Online Annual Tuition $24,300 Graphic Design Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Independence University Annual Tuition $24,888 Graphic Design Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Design and Color Theory; Digital Graphic Design for the Web; Graphics and Layout in Print Media; History of Design; Language and Practice of Media Arts; Typography
  • 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: $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: $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

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,687
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: ---
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced 3D Modeling; Advanced Character Modeling; Advanced User Experience Design; Digital Effects; Interactive Publishing; The Business of Digital Media
  • Annual Tuition: $16,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and NASAD
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    2D Design: Elements + Principles; 3D Design: Space + Materiality; Information Visualization; Topics in Color; Visual Sequencing; Web Design
  • Annual Tuition: $18,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and NASAD
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Commercial Photography; Digital Illustration in Publishing; Graphic Industry Business Practices; Image Editing and Manipulation; Multimedia Design, Planning and Storyboards; Web Content Design

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,741
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Design; Advanced Image; Advanced Typography; Advanced Web; History of Graphic Design
  • Annual Tuition: $21,348
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ACCSC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Art Theory; Digital Publishing; Digital Studio; Graphic Web Design; Logos and Symbols; Popular Culture in Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    3D Design and Modeling; Digital Filmmaking; Digital Page Layout; Digital Photography and Creative Media; Game Design; Graphic Design in Visual Culture

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,888
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ACCSC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Color Theory; Advanced Logo Design; Animation Scripting; Branding and Identity; Graphic Design Business Management; Web Page Design Principles

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.