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2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

There are about 11,690 students enrolled in Digital Arts in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

3,054

Vs. National Avg.

-81%

popularity Rank

#200

cost

Somewhat Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$24K

Vs. National Avg.

-3%

cost Rank

#276

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$38K

Vs. National Avg.

-4%

salary Rank

#310

professors

Not Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-4%

professors Rank

#318

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

2%

students Rank

#212

SUMMARY

Going to school for Digital Arts is not only a valuable choice, but typically an essential first step for students wanting to begin a career as a digital art director, a graphic designer, or a photographer. In fact, digital arts is a very rare degree coming in at the 164th most popular major. Last year alone, there were 1,650 digital arts diplomas received. In-state tuition for digital arts at private institutions is, on average, 4.5 times more pricey than their public rivals.

With just 99 institutions having programs for digital arts you could have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other digital arts students, look at universities in Florida which have the most undergraduates admitted to digital arts annually. More generally, the top region to major in digital arts is in the Southeast region with University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and Full Sail University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to study digital arts is the American Athletic Conference with University of Central Florida representing the conference. From our extensive list of the best colleges, our choice for the best university for digital arts is University of Southern California.

The best school does not have to be the best school for you. There can be a bunch of factors to weigh when selecting school. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could sway your feelings on where to go to university. At authority.org, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which digital arts school boasts the top campus, the answer is Northeastern University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university is home to the finest campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for digital arts is University of Florida. Curious why? Continue reading to find out more about our top selections. Many of our picks just might surprise you.

If expense is a significant factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be our most expensive university for digital arts, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have an entire list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the cost at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that digital arts is the 243rd most expensive major in the nation, with an average associated cost of $27,800. On a broader scale, the most costly state for digital arts in the country is District of Columbia with tuition and fees at the main college, George Washington University, of $54,453. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for digital arts is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with Otis College of Art and Design with a cost of $45,200, University of Southern California with a cost of $57,256, and Pacific Northwest College of Art with a cost of $39,375.

Our cheapest region for digital arts is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Dixie State University with a cost of $14,976. In better news, the most affordable school for digital arts is SUNY Cortland. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying about $9,000 for a degree in digital arts. That price grows dramatically to an average of $21,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergraduate. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the college constituting the best value for digital arts: University of Southern California. Here you can see our comprehensive list about the universities we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Bear in mind, this list is based on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for digital arts students can vary, but within two-years of completing the major students will often make around $50,800. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $89,600. Right out of college, the lowest earning positions within the digital arts field make $29,000, which could be worse. The top earning grads from digital arts have come from University of Southern California&nbspand if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The prevailing diversity of digital arts is quite high, being within the 85th percentile of all programs. The university with the highest composite diversity for digital arts is Maryland Institute College of Art&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Digital Arts major only ranks in the 70th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 79th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share at 52% of students studying digital arts. Additionally, 51% of scholars pursuing a digital arts major are women.

The median ranking for digital arts professors is 4 stars, a rating which is right on the median score for all majors; which is a fine. If you are searching for the most popular digital arts professor in the nation, consider looking up Andy Weeks at Valencia College. This might be shocking, but the highest ranked digital arts professors according to students come from University of Central Florida. As we consider data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the school with the overall best instructors for digital arts is Fordham University. One can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the best instructors in the country.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for digital arts is University of Southern California. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a comprehensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. But, we hope you understand that considering university from context primarily built on superlatives can cause problems. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different schools and peruse a few of our informative background articles on important details to look out for as you continue your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

5%

Acceptance

41,024

Students

#3

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI | www.risd.edu/

27%

Acceptance

2,557

Students

#92

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY | www.cooper.edu/

18%

Acceptance

985

Students

#62

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH | www.dartmouth.edu/

9%

Acceptance

7,171

Students

#15

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Williams College

Williamstown, MA | https://www.williams.edu/

15%

Acceptance

2,307

Students

#46

Ranking

$50K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME | https://www.bowdoin.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,973

Students

#41

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN | mcad.edu/

55%

Acceptance

862

Students

#568

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Digital Arts

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

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