2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Art Degrees

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With annual tuition under $29,000 per year, the following 21 schools offer this year's most affordable online bachelor's in art and design degrees. Great Basin College takes the #1 spot with an annual tuition of $7,282. Southern New Hampshire University Online, ranked #2, offers seven online bachelor's programs in art and design including a BA in Digital Photography and a BA in Graphic Design. Tuition at SNHU is $9,600 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online master's in art & design programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Great Basin College $7,282
#2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
#3 #3 Arizona State University $10,104
#4 #4 SUNY Empire State College $10,633
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Liberty University $11,700
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Rasmussen College Online $11,700
#7 #7 Midway University $12,750
#8 #8 Lesley University $12,900
#9 #9 Central Michigan University $12,927
#10 #10 Bellevue University $13,280
#11 #11 University of Maryland University College $14,970
#12 #12 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design $16,064
#13 #13 National University $16,650
#14 #14 Lindenwood University $16,900
#15 #15 The Art Institutes $16,920
#16 #16 Hodges University $17,100
#17 #17 California Baptist University $18,848
#18 #18 The University of Montana $20,378
#19 #19 Cogswell College $23,820
#20 #20 Academy of Art University $27,510
#21 #21 University of Denver $28,935
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,282
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Multimedia Design: Video and Audio; Design Ideation and Process; Interface and Web Design; Motion Graphics; Publication Design; Typography and Letterforms
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    3-D Art and Design; 3-D Modeling and Animation; Creature Design; Environment Design; Game Art and Development Capstone; Interface Design for Websites; Intro to Digital Sculpting; Object Oriented Application Development; Principles of Database Design; Website Construction
  • Annual Tuition: $10,104
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Scripting for the Web; Anime; Art of Ancient Egypt; Art of Italian Renaissance; Color Metrology; Cross-Media Design Solutions; Graphic Industry Business Practices; Identity and World Film; Interaction Design, Planning and Implementation; The Art of the Comic

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,633
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Color and Design; Creative Typography; Design in Advertising; Designing the Century: Design Theories Through Modernism; Dimensional Design; Product Promotion: Packaging Design, Exhibit Design and Window Shop Design

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    5 Issues in Contemporary Art; Advanced Graphic Design; Advanced Typography; Digital Photography; History of Graphic Design; Interactive Design; Interactive Publication; Publication Design; Vector Illustration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Animation; Character Modeling; Figure Drawing; Lighting, Texturing & Rendering; Modeling; Scripting for Web Servers
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Graphic Design; Digital Animation; Digital Storytelling; Drawing
  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Design Thinking; Digital Culture; History of Modern Design; Language of Design; Sketching for Interactive Design; UX Design Business Practices
  • Annual Tuition: $12,927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    3D Printing and Fashion; Apparel Product Development; Dress and Culture; Fashion Design: Illustration; Fashion Retail Management; Textile Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $13,280
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Branding; Identity Design; Interactivity Basics; Publication Design; Single Page Design; Website Development

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Graphic Communication: Professional Branding; Design I: Arrangement and Color; Intermediate Drawing; Intermediate Graphic Communication: Portfolio Development; Motion Graphics; Typography and Layout
  • Annual Tuition: $16,064
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Animation Sound Design + Video Editing; Business, Ethics + Copyright for Animation; Creative Visualization; Design: Stills to Motion; Digital Painting for Film + Games; Tools + Techniques of Contemporary Animation
  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Crowdsource Production Team; Film Foundations; Narrative Film Contemporary; Narrative Film History; Sound Editing; Video Editing
  • Annual Tuition: $16,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    3D Animation; Arts Entrepreneurship; Concept Design; Design with Photoshop; History of Games and Critical Theory; Level Design
  • Annual Tuition: $16,920
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC, MSCHE, NEASC CIHE, NWCCU, SACS COC, ABHES, and ACCSC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Compositing for Digital Film; Design Fundamentals; Digital Color Theory; Image Manipulation; Observational Drawing; Perspective Drawing
  • Annual Tuition: $17,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    3D Modeling and Animation; Design Strategies; Designing with Type; Digital Illustration; History of Communication Design; Multimedia Portfolio; Visual Communication and Design; Visual Culture and the Social Media Message
  • Annual Tuition: $18,848
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Typography; Fundamental Design; Fundamental Web; History Of Graphic Design; Intermediate Web
  • Annual Tuition: $20,378
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Graphic Design Applications; Presentation to the Community; Studio Synthesis; Techniques of the Web; Topics in Film and Media Studies; Visual Language: 3-D Design
  • Annual Tuition: $23,820
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Character Rigging; Environment Art; Game Animation; Game Usability; Level Design; Texturing

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $28,935
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Art and Interpretation; Creating Dialogue; Effective Presentations; Integrative Project Design; Visual & Physical Communication
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