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What are the best online design schools in the U.S.?

I’m looking for decent online design schools in America. I’m studying graphic design in college right now and would like to learn something extra, especially considering that I’m finishing it soon. Our curriculum is a bit outdated and teaches only the basics. I’d like to find some school that provides more in-depth classes, maybe some online architecture courses. I will be thankful if you can find time to make a useful list of top online courses or share your first-hand experience. Are there any courses with a flexible schedule to combine them with activities?

Carlton Burgess

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Ramon Kelly on February 8, 2018

You have a very interesting question here. I had the same problem a few years ago. I decided to choose New York Institute of Art and Design. Here is a link to their official website https://www.nyiad.edu/

And I’m really satisfied with my choice. I think the institute offers the top online course in design. The program was quite in-depth and I was pleased to know that many professionals of the field took part in its creation. They gave me the so-needed practice and useful feedback. In addition, there were so many specific courses that I was tempted to change my mind several times.

Well, this is my experience in the matter. If you are looking for more options, there are some other online schools around the country. I can tell you a little bit about the Parsons program by the New School in NYC. My friend was looking for an online architecture course. She found Parsons School of Design. She spoke to some people from the establishment and asked her acquaintances for advice. In the end, she was so inspired by the whole sphere that decided to apply for a degree program in strategic design and management there. She is still studying. From what I hear, the program is intense and interesting.

If you want to try your skills first, there is a free course in visual and graphic design provided by the website Alison. The main idea of the project is “new world of free certified learning.” So, you can find many useful videos and courses there. It’s actually a very useful source for all fields, not just art.

I’ve also found you a list of the most affordable online courses with certificates focused on art. After finishing them, you can receive a Bachelor’s degree. A few of them, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hodges University, and Full Sail University can also provide you with a Master’s degree. The tuition fees range from $5000 to $15000.

Among all these options, Full Sail University and Southern New Hampshire University have the widest range of classes. Besides, the acceptance rates are the highest in these two establishments.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any personal experience with either of them. Maybe, somebody else will be able to advise you on this matter. Besides, if you are already studying graphic design in the university, you can ask your peers or professors for advice. I think they would suggest you the best online design school based on what your program includes.


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