2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Art Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Art & Design Bachelors Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Ranked by affordability, these 11 schools all offer online low-cost bachelor's degrees in art & design. Southern New Hampshire University Online, ranked #1, offers an online BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts for only $9,600 per year. In the #2 spot is Liberty University, offering a tuition rate of $11,700 per academic year. Multiple degree programs are available, including a BFA in Graphic Design and a BFA in Studio & Digital Arts: Graphic Design.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $9,600
# 2 #2 $11,700
# 3 #3 $13,454
# 4 #4 $13,600
# 5 #5 $14,130
# 6 #6 $14,850
# 7 #7 $15,000
# 8 #8 $16,058
# 9 #9 $21,600
# 10 #10 $24,750
# 11 #11 $28,890
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Digital Photography
  • BA Advertising
  • BA Game Art & Development
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts - 3D Modeling & Animation
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts - Web Design
#2
#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Typography, Digital Photography, History of Graphic Design, Interactive Publication, Publication Design, Vector Illustration

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BFA: Graphic Design
  • BFA: Studio & Digital Arts: Graphic Design
  • BS: Information Technology: Gaming Design
#3
#3

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant (MI)
Annual Tuition: $13,454
Annual Tuition: $13,454
Annual Tuition: $13,454
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,387
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,715
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (989) 774-4000

Example Classes: 3D Printing and Fashion, Apparel Product Development, Dress and Culture, Fashion Design: Illustration, Fashion Retail Management, Textile Analysis

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Merchandising & Design
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Merchandising & Design - Product Development
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Merchandising & Design - Visual Merchandising
  • Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising & Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising & Design - Product Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising & Design - Visual Merchandising
#4
#4

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Branding, Identity Design, Interactivity Basics, Publication Design, Single Page Design, Website Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design - BA
#5
#5

Upper Iowa University

Fayette (IA)
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
Annual Tuition: $14,130
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 935 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,538
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 518
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (563) 425-5200

Example Classes: Advertising Design, Digital Illustration, Digital Imaging, Publication Design, Typography, Web Publishing and Social Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
#6
#6

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles (MO)
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 422
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 872
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (636) 949-2000

Example Classes: 3D Animation, Arts Entrepreneurship, Concept Design, Design with Photoshop, History of Games and Critical Theory, Level Design

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Art and Design
  • BA in Game Design
  • BA in Game Design - Game Art
  • BA in Pre-Art Therapy
  • BFA in Art and Design - Digital Art
  • BFA in Art and Design - Graphic Design
#7
#7

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1440
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,181
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,585
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261

Example Classes: Advanced Digital Animation Techniques, Digital Storytelling, Entrepreneurship in New Media, Theory of Digital Media Protocols, Wearable and Mobile App Development, Writing for Interactive Media

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Digital Arts and Sciences
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $16,058
Annual Tuition: $16,058
Annual Tuition: $16,058
  • Online Degrees: 16
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 512
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 753-6046

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation - 2D Animation
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation - 3D Animation
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education - Animation
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education - Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education - Illustration
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $21,600
Annual Tuition: $21,600
Annual Tuition: $21,600
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 294
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (406) 243-0211

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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts
#10
#10

Cogswell College

Sunnyvale (CA)
Annual Tuition: $24,750
Annual Tuition: $24,750
Annual Tuition: $24,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 264-7955

Example Classes: Character Rigging, Environment Art, Game Animation, Game Usability, Level Design, Texturing

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Game Design Art
#11
#11

Academy of Art University

San Francisco (CA)
Annual Tuition: $28,890
Annual Tuition: $28,890
Annual Tuition: $28,890
  • Online Degrees: 41
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,673
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,397
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 544-2787

Example Classes: Book Arts, Composition & Painting, Intermediate Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Silkscreen, Still Life Painting, Watercolor Painting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.Arch. in Architecture
  • BA in Architectural Design
  • BFA in Animation & Visual Effects - 3D Animation
  • BFA in Animation & Visual Effects - Career Interest in Animation Generalist
  • BFA in Animation & Visual Effects - Career Interest in Animation Producing
  • BFA in Animation & Visual Effects - Career Interest in Compositing