2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Art & Design Degrees

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These 18 schools provide the most affordable online bachelor's degrees in art & design. Great Basin College tops the list with a cheap annual tuition of only $7,282 for its Bachelor of Applied Science in Graphic Communication. Southern New Hampshire University Online, ranked #2, follows at $9,600 per year. Ranked at #5, Central Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Merchandising and Design with two concentrations for $12,927 each year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 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 Annual Tuition $7,282
#2 #2 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#3 #3 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#4 #4 Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $11,960
#5 #5 Central Michigan University Annual Tuition $12,927
#6 #6 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,120
#7 #7 Calvary University Annual Tuition $13,184
#8 #8 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $13,230
#9 #9 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) DeVry University Annual Tuition $15,097
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Annual Tuition $15,097
#12 #12 National University Annual Tuition $16,290
#13 #13 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $16,300
#14 #14 The University of Montana Annual Tuition $16,590
#15 #15 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $16,980
#16 #16 Hodges University Annual Tuition $20,160
#17 #17 The Art Institutes Annual Tuition $21,150
#18 #18 Cogswell College Annual Tuition $23,310
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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; Intro to Digital Sculpting
  • 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: $11,960
  • 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: $12,927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $13,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $13,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes:
    Arts of African & New World Cultures; Asian Art; Intro to Christian Missions; Survey of Western Art
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Advertising Design; Digital Illustration; Digital Imaging; Publication Design; Typography; Web Publishing and Social Media

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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: $15,097
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Design and Rapid Visualization; Emerging Multimedia Technologies; Media Portfolio; Responsive Web Design; Visual Design Fundamentals; Web Animation
  • Annual Tuition: $15,097
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $16,290
  • 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: $16,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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: $16,590
  • 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: $16,980
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Typography; Foundations Of Christian Thought; History Of Graphic Design; Intermediate Web; Overview Of The Bible
  • Annual Tuition: $20,160
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, NCA HLC, 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: $23,310
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Character Rigging; Environment Art; Game Animation; Game Usability; Level Design; Texturing
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