Alaska Design Schools

Design is a broad field that includes commercial and industrial design, interior design, fashion design, graphic design, production design, and more. Each area, however, has its own required skills, degree requirements, and major industries served. For example, many graphic designers work in the advertising industry while commercial and industrial designers might work for architectural or engineering firms. No matter which area of design you are interested in, training and special skills are required for entry into any given design field. This means, the journey from aspiring designer to professional designer begins with design school.

Design schools can be found all over the U.S. from Alaska to Miami to Seattle. In Alaska, there are dozens of top art and design programs offered at the University of Alaska, Anchorage-UAA Art Department (est. 1954) and University of Alaska, Fairbanks-UAF Art Department (est. 1917). The art department(s) at University of Alaska offers everything from architecture and interior design to multimedia design.

Overall, the state of Alaska has 5 public and 2 private institutions with more than students 28,221 enrolled. There are hundreds of students enrolled in Alaska design programs with more than 200 enrolled in the state’s top design schools/programs alone. According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, undergraduate design school enrollment is 110,273+ students across the nation.

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Facts and Figures for Alaska Design Schools

Average Tuition Costs On-Campus

The average cost for tuition and fees at a public Alaska design school is $4,747 per academic year. The average cost for tuition and fees at a private Alaska design school is $18,904 per academic year.

Average Tuition Costs Online

The tuition costs for online Alaska design schools start at around $150-$200 per credit hour. For graduate school, tuition starts at around $250-$300 per credit hour. Online design school students will pay the same amount for tuition and fees as on-campus programs, but you will save a significant amount of money by eliminating room & board expenses as well as transportation costs. The average room and board cost for public Alaska colleges is $6,972 per academic year.

Noted On-Campus Alaska Design Schools and Enrollment

University of Alaska, Anchorage-UAA Art Department (avg. enrollment, 16,463 all departments and schools)

University of Alaska, Fairbanks-UAF Art Department (avg. enrollment, 8,618 all departments and schools)

Noted Online Design Schools Available in Alaska

Academy of Art University

International Academy of Design and Technology

The Art Institute Online

University of Alaska Online

*NASAD Accredited Alaska Design Schools

University of Alaska, Anchorage-UAA Art Department

University of Alaska, Fairbanks-UAF Art Department

  Sources

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007, 126th Ed.

Princeton Review, www.princetonreview.com

National Center for Education and Statistics, www.ies.gov

The U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov

*National Association for Schools of Design and Design (NASAD), www.nasad.arts-accredit.org