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Alabama 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 Rhode Island to Alabama to California. In Alabama, there are dozens of design programs offered through colleges of design & design, and multimedia departments. Just a few top Alabama design schools include University of Alabama-Department of Design, Tuscaloosa (est. 1831), Auburn University (est.1907), and Samford University (est. 1841).

Overall, the state of Alabama 39 public and 29 private institutions with more than 268,183 students enrolled. There are thousands of students enrolled in Alabama design schools with more than 200 enrolled Alabama’s top Design schools alone. According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Design school enrollment is 110,273+ students across the nation.

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Facts and Figures for Alabama Design Schools

Average Tuition Costs On-Campus

The average cost for tuition and fees at a public Alabama design school is $4,907 per academic year. The average cost for tuition and fees at a private Alabama design school is $14,116 per academic year.

Average Tuition Costs Online

The tuition rate for Alabama design schools starts at around $200 per credit hour. For graduate school, tuition starts at around $300 per credit hour. Design students will pay the same amount for tuition and fees for online programs 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 costs for public Alabama colleges is $6,129 per academic year.

Noted On-Campus Alabama Design Schools and Enrollment

University of Alabama-Department Design, Tuscaloosa (avg. enrollment, 18,047 students overall)
Samford University (avg. enrollment, 2,848 students overall)
Auburn University (avg. enrollment, 24,137 students overall)

Noted Online Design Schools Available in Alabama

International Academy of Design and Technology
Academy of Art University
The Art Institute Online
Westwood College

Council for Interior Design Accredited Alabama Design Schools

Samford University
Auburn University
University of Alabama-Department Design, Tuscaloosa

*NASAD Accredited Alabama Design Schools

University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Alabama-Department of Design, Tuscaloosa


Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007, 126th Ed.
Princeton Review
National Center for Education and Statistics
The U.S. Census Bureau
Council for Interior Design
*National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Design Locations Alabama