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2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

There are about 10,359 students enrolled in Illustration in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

2,625

Vs. National Avg.

-83%

popularity Rank

#215

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$32K

Vs. National Avg.

30%

cost Rank

#115

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$38K

Vs. National Avg.

-5%

salary Rank

#320

professors

Not Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-11%

professors Rank

#376

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

14%

students Rank

#49

SUMMARY

Majoring in Illustration is a valuable choice and typically a requisite first step for pupils endeavoring to enter a career as a logo creator, a product illustrator, or a comic book artist. Interestingly, illustration is an uncommon major being the 152nd most popular area of study. Last year, there were 2,000 illustration graduates. In-state tuition for illustration at private institutions is, on average, 3.5 times more expensive than their public counterparts.

With just 63 institutions having programs for this degree there might be limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other illustration undergraduates, consider looking at institutions in New York which have more students admitted to illustration than any other state. More generally, the best region to get a degree in illustration is in the Mid East region with Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute-Main, and School of Visual Arts best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to major in illustration is the Atlantic 10 Conference with Virginia Commonwealth University representing the conference. From our list of the best colleges, our choice for the best college for illustration is Rhode Island School of Design.

The objectively best school does not have to be the 'best' school for every student. There can be many more angels to think about when choosing college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might affect your thoughts on which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which illustration college has the top campus, the answer is Syracuse University. If, for example, you are very interested in which university has the top campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our selection of the school with the best student life for illustration is Rhode Island School of Design. Curious why? Continue reading to find out more about our top selections. Many of our conclusions might surprise you.

If expense is a primary influence in your decisions, you might be cautious about Syracuse University. Syracuse University&nbspis our most expensive college for illustration, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the cost at Syracuse University&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that illustration is the 116th most expensive degree in the US, with an average bill of $37,500. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for illustration in the country is Rhode Island with expenses at the main college, Rhode Island School of Design, of $51,800. Even more broadly, the most costly region for illustration is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with The New School with a cost of $49,770, Pratt Institute-Main with a cost of $51,754, and Syracuse University with a cost of $50,616.

Our cheapest region for illustration is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a cost of $17,670 and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. In better news, the most affordable university for illustration is Brigham Young University-Provo. Authority's entire list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $11,600 for a degree in illustration. That price increases dramatically to an average of $25,300 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. On that note, our selection for the school with the best value for illustration: Syracuse University. Through this link you will find our comprehensive list of the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this idea is predicated 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 illustration students range widely, but within two years leaving college students will often earn in the neighborhood of $48,900. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can bring in up to $89,800. Right out of school, the minimum earning jobs within the illustration field make $27,100, which could be worse. The top earning grads from illustration attended Syracuse University&nbspand if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of illustration ranks pretty high, coming in the 81st percentile of all programs. The school with the most composite diversity for illustration is The New School&nbspand here you can find our general list of the schools which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Illustration major ranks only within the 32nd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 79th percentile. White students compose the largest proportion, 52%, of those majoring in illustration. Additionally, 78% of scholars seeking an illustration degree are women.

The median ranking of illustration's professors is 4.2 stars, a rating that is 5% above the median score for every major; which is a good score. If you want the most popular illustration instructor in the country, consider looking up Oliver Sin at Academy of Art University. It might come as a surprise, but the highest ranked illustration professors from student rankings come from Academy of Art University. If we including data beyond just rankings we find that the university with comprehensively the best professors for illustration is College for Creative Studies. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the best professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for illustration is Rhode Island School of Design. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have an extensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you understand that approaching college with context only informed by superlatives could cause problems. We hope you read our more focused pages on different topics and explore some of our background articles on essential things to look for as your university search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Illustration

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Northeastern University

Boston, MA | www.northeastern.edu/

20%

Acceptance

30,003

Students

#45

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY | https://www.syracuse.edu/

69%

Acceptance

38,868

Students

#140

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA | https://www.vcu.edu/

91%

Acceptance

32,628

Students

#606

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY | www.fitnyc.edu/

59%

Acceptance

9,869

Students

#219

Ranking

$16K

Tuition

A

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY | www.rit.edu/

74%

Acceptance

18,231

Students

#188

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

B

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Marywood University

Scranton, PA | www.marywood.edu/

82%

Acceptance

2,976

Students

#735

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI | www.risd.edu/

27%

Acceptance

2,557

Students

#92

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR | www.jbu.edu/

59%

Acceptance

2,749

Students

#307

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

B−

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

California Baptist University

Riverside, CA | www.calbaptist.edu/

80%

Acceptance

13,374

Students

#1110

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

B

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Mequon, WI | https://www.cuw.edu/

71%

Acceptance

7,040

Students

#897

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

B

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, CA | www.lcad.edu/

83%

Acceptance

875

Students

#833

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

F

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

St Philip's College

San Antonio, TX | www.alamo.edu/spc/

0%

Acceptance

21,553

Students

#2934

Ranking

$14K

Tuition

A

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Pratt Institute-Main

Brooklyn, NY | www.pratt.edu/

66%

Acceptance

6,418

Students

#270

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

B

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

George Fox University

Newberg, OR | www.georgefox.edu/

91%

Acceptance

4,511

Students

#756

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO | www.webster.edu/

53%

Acceptance

12,520

Students

#473

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

B

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA | wwu.edu/

94%

Acceptance

17,883

Students

#765

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

The New School

New York, NY | https://www.newschool.edu/

69%

Acceptance

12,046

Students

#261

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN | mcad.edu/

55%

Acceptance

862

Students

#568

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

F

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo, MI | https://www.kvcc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

11,012

Students

#2885

Ranking

$8K

Tuition

B

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI | www.carrollu.edu/

72%

Acceptance

3,656

Students

#815

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

C−

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Kirkland, WA | https://www.lwtech.edu/

0%

Acceptance

4,909

Students

#1581

Ranking

$10K

Tuition

F

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

Lakeland Community College

Kirtland, OH | www.lakelandcc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

8,735

Students

#2495

Ranking

$9K

Tuition

C

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Illustration

SUNY at Fredonia

Fredonia, NY | www.fredonia.edu/

72%

Acceptance

4,742

Students

#1377

Ranking

$18K

Tuition

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