People say everything’s bigger in Texas, and the design school scene is no exception. Long written off as no more than a wide expanse between New York and California, Texas is starting to come into its own. With vibrant hubs of youth culture in cities like Austin, the state is making a bigger mark than ever before – and if you’re interested in making a mark of your own in design school, Texas may be the place for you. But first, you’ll need to know where the best design schools in Texas are and how much it will cost you to attend one of them.
Where are some of the best design schools in Texas?
There are more than 1,117,311 students enrolled in higher education programs at 109 public and 105 private institutions in the state of Texas. These numbers are beneficial to both students and educators, and there are dozens of programs offered in design- specific topics such as graphic design, interior design, architecture, multimedia and numerous others. There are 4,535 students enrolled in three of Texas’s top design schools alone, with thousands more enrolled in additional design programs. Notable design schools include the Art Institute of Houston, the Art Institute of Dallas and the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. Council for Interior Design Accredited schools include the Art Institute of Houston, the Art Institute of Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture and the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Architecture.
If an on-campus program isn’t right for you, however, there are online design school options in Texas, as well. These include online versions of on- campus programs with the Art Institute of Dallas, the Art Institute of Austin and the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. An internet search will doubtlessly lead numerous other options, but don’t become a victim of a “diploma mill.” Cross- check the program’s stated accrediting agency with the list of approved accrediting agencies on the United States Department of Education website. If the program’s agency isn’t on the approved list, dissociate yourself from it immediately – it is a scam.
How much will it cost me to attend design school in Texas?
The cost of attendance can vary significantly between individuals, depending on the program you choose, the amount of financial aid you receive and your own personal spending habits. On average, the cost of tuition at a public design school in Texas is about $5,538 per academic year. The cost of tuition at a private design school in Texas, however, can range from $20,000 to $47,000 a year or more.
Similar ranges apply to online coursework. Undergraduate programs can cost anywhere from $300 per credit hour to $700 per credit hour or more. For graduate programs, tuition will likely start between $400 and $500 per credit hour. You will likely save substantially on your living costs if you choose an online program, however, as average room and board for a public, on- campus program in Texas is roughly $6,829 (a cost you’ll be able to reduce or eliminate by staying at home). Keep in mind, though, that there are often “hidden costs” to online degrees. You may have access to fewer internship opportunities and alumni connections with an online program, for example, or you may find that employers view online degrees less favorably than on- campus ones. That’s why it’s important to work hard during the course of your online degree program. You can bring samples of your well- executed coursework to an interview to dispel any concerns your potential employer may have about the quality of your degree.
No matter how you receive your design school degree, though, you’re joining a large, accomplished community in Texas. It may be the Lone Star State, but designers can’t make it alone.
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