Top School in Charlotte for Graphic Design Training

Oct 20, 2021

School and Ranking Information

Of the four schools in Charlotte that offer graphic design programs, one is public, one is private not-for-profit and two are for-profit. Based on school type, ranking and student services, the following school is considered the top school in the area for an education in graphic design:

  • Winner: Central Piedmont Community College is the only public institution within 25 miles of Charlotte with degree programs in graphic design. The school offers an associate's degree in advertising and graphic design as well as graphic arts certificate programs that include instruction in common graphic design software programs.

School Info Chart

Category Central Piedmont Community College
Rankings #6 in Best Online Commuity Colleges in North Carolina (2019)*
Location Charlotte, NC
School Type 2-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $2,792 (in-state), $8,936 (out-of-state)**
Graphic Design Awards Offered Certificate and Associate's
Graphic Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2018-2019 18**
Most Popular Graphic Design Award Level in 2018-2019 <1 Year Certificate (15 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2016 Entering Class 20%**
Noteworthy *Students can join 'theCurious', an advertising and graphic design student group that provides various activities opportunities

Sources: *, **NCES College Navigator

Central Piedmont Community College

  • The Harper Campus has nine computer labs and 23 applied technology labs, including a screen printing lab
  • There are two full-time and eight part-time advertising and graphic design faculty members
  • Graphic design students receive practical experience and preparation through a required internship and portfolio

There are six Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) campus locations that serve more than 70,000 students a year. The oldest and largest of the campuses is CPCC's Central Campus in Charlotte. The Harper Campus, also located in Charlotte, is home to CPCC's applied technology and construction programs, including the advertising and graphic design program.

The Applied Technologies Division offers an Associate in Applied Science in Advertising and Graphic Design. The AAS program's major requirements include 16 courses and a cooperative experience. The required coursework covers four levels of graphic design, the history of the field, portfolio design and digital print. Students can take six credits of free electives, including drawing, web tools and illustration as some of the choices.

Students interested in preparing for careers in graphic arts and imaging technology can complete certificate programs, including one in pre-press technology that includes instruction in graphic design and computer graphics.

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