2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Graphic Design Degrees

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This list of 15 schools offer the most affordable graphic design degrees at the bachelor's level. Southern New Hampshire University Online tops the list as the most affordable school, offering 3 online bachelor's degrees in graphic design for $9,600 a year. With an annual tuition of $11,960, Rasmussen College Online is ranked #5 for its Graphic Design Bachelor's program, offering specializations in Animation and Motion Graphics and Web and Interactive Design. All ranked schools offer online graphic design degrees for less than $22,000 each year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#2 #2 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $9,750
#3 #3 Academy of Art University Annual Tuition $10,098
#4 #4 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#5 #5 Rasmussen College Online Annual Tuition $11,960
#6 #6 Midway University Annual Tuition $12,750
#7 #7 Kentucky Wesleyan College Annual Tuition $12,880
#8 #8 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,120
#9 #9 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $13,230
#10 #10 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) DeVry University Annual Tuition $15,097
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Annual Tuition $15,097
#13 #13 Hodges University Annual Tuition $16,800
#14 #14 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $17,546
#15 #15 The Art Institutes Annual Tuition $21,150
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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • 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: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Copywriting; Creative Photography; Exploring Graphic Arts; Graphic Design; Mass Media Design; Television Production
  • Annual Tuition: $10,098
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Color Fundamentals; Digital Photography; History of Graphic Design; Package Design 1: 3D Thinking/Making; Typography 1: Hierarchy and Form; Web Design 1

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Imaging; Digital Photography; History of Art; Interactive Publication; Introduction to 3D Graphics; Vector Illustration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,960
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced 3D Modeling; Advanced Character Modeling; Advanced User Experience Design; Digital Effects; Interactive Publishing; The Business of Digital Media
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Consumer/Audience Analysis; Digital Animation; Digital Storytelling; Drawing; Graphic Design; Photoshop
  • Annual Tuition: $12,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Art Survey; Beginning Drawing; Digital Painting; Digital Photographic Techniques; Graphic Design; Graphic Design Topics

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  • 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: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Digital Illustration; Digital Imaging; Digital Photography; 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; Digital Media; Graphic Communication Portfolio; Intermediate Drawing; Motion Graphics; Typography and Layout
  • Annual Tuition: $15,097
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    3D Model Design and Construction with Lab; Business of Graphics; Digital Imaging Fundamentals; Visual Design Fundamentals; Web Animation; Web Design
  • Annual Tuition: $15,097
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    2D Design: Elements + Principles; 3D Design: Space + Materiality; Information Visualization; Topics in Color; Visual Sequencing; Web Design

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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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  • Annual Tuition: $17,546
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Design; Advanced Image; Advanced Typography; Advanced Web; History of Graphic Design
  • 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:
    Basic Web Animation; Design and Technology; Digital Color Theory; Digital Image Manipulation; Graphic Illustration; Packaging Design

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