Design Education in the United States

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  1. School of Visual Arts

    School of Visual Arts

    School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 37,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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  2. Parsons School of Design

    Parsons School of Design

    Parsons focuses on creating engaged citizens and outstanding artists, designers, scholars and business leaders through a design-based professional and liberal education. The school embraces curricular innovation, pioneering uses of technology, collaborative methods and global perspectives on the future of design.

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  3. New York School of Interior Design

    New York School of Interior Design

    Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York's only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID's guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 700 full- and part-time students.

    recent news LEED, Arc and Living Standard: Testing New Frontiers, Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design

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  4. SCAD

    SCAD

    The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for careers in the visual and performing arts, design, the building arts, and the history of art and architecture. The college emphasizes learning through individual attention in a positively oriented environment.

    scad.edu Historic District - South, Savannah, GA

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  5. SCI-Arc

    SCI-Arc

    SCI-Arc makes alliances with international communities, builds value into cities, and advances critical architecture, to engage a fluid world. SCI-Arc's pedagogy is cross disciplinary, and focused on hybrid and flexible programming. New technological tools, used in experimental ways, prepare students to meet unprecedented global change.

    category Architecture Education

  6. RISD

    RISD

    Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877 in Providence, RI, is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,200 students from around the world, approximately 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members.

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  7. Pensole

    Pensole

    Pensole is an innovative Footwear Design Academy that teaches students the footwear design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding.

    category Fashion Training

  8. College for Creative Studies

    College for Creative Studies

    The College for Creative Studies (CCS), formerly known as the Center for Creative Studies, is one of the nation's leading arts education institutions. A private, fully accredited, four-year college located in Detroit, CCS offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in eight studio majors plus an Art Education program leading to State of Michigan K-12 Teaching Certification.

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  9. Academy of Art University

    Academy of Art University

    Academy of Art University prepares aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication and the arts by delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate and portfolio development programs.

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    California College of the Arts

    Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing.

    cca.edu South of Market, San Francisco, CA

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  11. SAIC

    SAIC

    A leader in educating artists and designers for 141 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers undergraduate and graduate programs to over 2,800 students from around the world. In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and design, SAIC's studio programs embrace film and new media, electronic and sound arts, and creative writing.

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  12. Art Center College of Design

    Art Center College of Design

    Since its founding in 1930, Art Center College of Design has been a global leader in art and design education. Located in Pasadena, California, the College offers programs in undergraduate, graduate and public education in a variety of art and design disciplines. Art Center is also unique among education institutions for its ongoing commitment to social responsibility and the humanitarian application of design.

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    CalArts - School of Film/Video

    The nation's first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible.

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  14. Lynda

    Lynda

    Lynda is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

    category Web Design Training

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    Otis College of Art and Design

    Otis College of Art and Design offers fine arts and design programs in communication arts, digital media, toy, interactive product, fashion, architecture/landscape/interior, and graduate programs.

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    Type@Cooper

    Top industry professionals lead a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, technology, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Students explore the foundation of typography in depth by creating their own typefaces in hands-on classes, while developing a broad understanding of the field through lectures, discussions, and research.

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    Type Ed

    Type Ed is a Los Angeles based training program for art directors, graphic designers, design students, production artists and practitioners on the fundamental skills.

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    IIT Institute of Design

    IIT Institute of Design is a graduate school of the Illinois Institute of Technology located in Chicago. Since its founding as the New Bauhaus in 1937, the Institute of Design has grown into the largest full-time graduate-only design program in the US, with students from around the world.

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  19. Fashion Institute of Technology

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    The Fashion Institute of Technology prepares students for professional excellence in design, fashion, and business by providing the premier educational experience that fosters creativity, career focus, and a global perspective.

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  20. Transart Institute

    Transart Institute

    International two-year graduate art program. Students pursue work in any media art-related genre and create their own course of study, working independently and with the support of self-chosen faculty and artist mentors. Three intensive residencies permit students to continue with their professional life while participating in the program. Teachers include Lynn Book, David Carson, Johnny Golding.

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    IDEO U

    IDEO U exists to empower and equip leaders with the confidence to solve anything creatively.

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  22. MICA

    MICA

    Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a leader in the world of visual arts featuring undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Our innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus, and world-class faculty all have a single purpose: provide the education, experiences, and resources needed to prepare the artist and designers who will lead in the 21st century.

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  23. New York School of Design

    New York School of Design

    The New York School of Design is a fashion focused design school located in New York's Garment District. Since its founding in 2005, NYSD has maintained its position as the hub for intensive, hands-on training, and offers accelerated programs in fashion design to students of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

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    IADAS

    The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media.

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    The University of the Arts

    The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is one of the only universities in the United States solely dedicated to educating creative individuals in the visual and performing arts and design. Our more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students and 500 faculty members are passionate about what they do, and in the process, are redefining the way we think about, teach and create art and design.

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    The Cleveland Institute of Art

    The Cleveland Institute of Art is an internationally recognized five-year professional College of Art and Design offering Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in sixteen majors in Crafts, Design, Fine Arts and Digital Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Medical Illustration.

    cia.edu University Circle, Cleveland, OH

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    Design Engine

    Learn advanced 3D modeling from a world leader in Pro/Engineer training. Small class sizes and top instructors. Providing comprehensive pro/engineer instruction and modular proe training programs.

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    Lighting Design MFA - Parsons School for Design

    Parsons MFA Lighting Design program examines the relationships between theory, technical application, energy conservation, and social and environmental factors in both electric and natural light. Its unique focus on aesthetic design, human physiological and psychological factors, and sustainable practices make it the only graduate lighting program to emphasize the values of both design and civic responsibility.

    category Lighting Design Education