2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Art & Design

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These 14 schools offer the most affordable online Master's in Art and Design degree programs. Each school's tuition comes in under $25,000. Eastern Illinois University is ranked #1 with an annual tuition of $4,672 for its Master of Arts in Arts online program. Tiffin University holds the third most affordable online Master's in Art and Design degree at $7,500 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in art & design degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,672
#2 #2 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $7,425
#3 #3 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500
#4 #4 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,075
#5 #5 Liberty University Annual Tuition $8,475
#6 #6 Ball State University Annual Tuition $10,472
#7 #7 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Annual Tuition $11,886
#8 #8 Pittsburg State University Annual Tuition $12,015
#9 #9 Hodges University Annual Tuition $12,060
#10 #10 Goucher College Annual Tuition $12,183
#11 #11 Samford University Annual Tuition $14,229
#12 #12 Boston Architectural College Annual Tuition $20,175
#13 #13 Radford University Annual Tuition $21,630
#14 #14 University of Wisconsin-Stout Annual Tuition $24,653
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,672
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,318
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Casting; Fiber Structures; Individualized Study in Art Education; Navigating the Virtual Museum; Printmaking Techniques
  • Annual Tuition: $7,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,786
  • Example Classes:
    Art Curriculum and Instruction; Studio Methods; Literature of Art Education; Research Methods in Art

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,055
  • Example Classes:
    Art and Culture of the Graphic Novel; Creativity and Its Development; Cult and Independent Film; Women in Art
  • Annual Tuition: $8,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,120
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Problems in Ceramics; Advanced Problems in Commercial Art; Advanced Problems in Crafts; Advanced Problems in Design; Advanced Problems in Photography; Advanced Problems in Sculpture

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    5 Issues in Contemporary Art; Advanced Graphic Design; Advanced Typography; Digital Photography; History of Graphic Design; Interactive Design
  • Annual Tuition: $10,472
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,594
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Psychology; Professional Design Practices; Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences; Visual Culture in the Built Environment
  • Annual Tuition: $11,886
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 118
  • Example Classes:
    Biomimetic Design; Creative Leadership; Fundamentals of Sustainable Design; Innovation Tools and Techniques; Making the Business Case for Sustainability; Nature's Design Rules for Sustainability
  • Annual Tuition: $12,015
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,151
  • Example Classes:
    Graphics Administration; Graphics Arts Seminar; Special Topics

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 236
  • Example Classes:
    3D Modeling and Animation; Design Strategies; Designing with Type; Digital Illustration; History of Communication Design; Multimedia Portfolio
  • Annual Tuition: $12,183
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 669
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Ecosystem: the Arts in Community; Developing Financial Resources; Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Public Policy for the Arts; Writing and Research Methods for the Arts Administrator
  • Annual Tuition: $14,229
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,038
  • Example Classes:
    Architecture, Society, and Culture; Design Issues in the Interior Built Environment; Design Theory and Criticism; Pedagogy of Design Methods and Processes
  • Annual Tuition: $20,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 380
  • Example Classes:
    Building Envelope; Daylighting and State-of-the-Art Electric Lighting; Design for Social Resilience; Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design; Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy; Resilient Design
  • Annual Tuition: $21,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 863
  • Example Classes:
    Design Theory and Research; Design Thinking Studio; Environment Behavior; International Art History; Readings in Design Thinking

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,653
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,147
  • Example Classes:
    Creative Thesis in Design; Ethics in Design; Research Strategies in Design; Special Topics in Design History

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