Graphic Design School: Top Ranked Graphic Design Program - Richmond, VA

Oct 20, 2021

School and Ranking Information

Richmond area students have only two postsecondary institutions to choose from if they are seeking an education in graphic design. Based on ranking, student-to-faculty ratio and number of graphic design degrees conferred, the following school is considered a top school for graphic design in Richmond:

  • Winner: Virginia Commonwealth University is the only public university, as well as the largest school, in Richmond providing graphic design studies. The school awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in this field of study.

School Info Chart

Category Virginia Commonwealth University
Ranking #162 (tie) Best National Universities (2020); #76 (tie) Top Public Schools (2020)*
Location Richmond, Virginia
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) Undergrad: $14,596 (in-state); $35,904 (out of state)**
Graphic Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Graphic Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019 53**
Most Popular Graphic Design Degree in 2018-2019 Bachelor's (53 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 67%**
Noteworthy Graphic design graduate program ranked #4 in the nation (2018)*; Ranks among top 50 public research universities in the U.S. (2018)***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***The Center for Measuring University Performance.

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Integrates creative and technical education
  • Graphic design studies combine courses with studio work and seminars

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has two campuses in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The 4-year, public school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students each year. The Department of Graphic Design can be found within the university's School of the Arts.

Students enrolled in the 122-credit-hour Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program must first complete a year of introductory courses in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design, art history and drawing. They can then move on to study graphic design mediums such as print design, motion design and interaction design. Students in the Master of Fine Arts in Design - Visual Communications learn about the theoretical and aesthetic aspects of a design's ability to affect individuals and society. The program offers a design studies track, a post-professional interior environments track, an entry-level interior environments track and a visual communications track. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to enter these program specializations.

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