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In New National Survey of Graphic Design Degree Programs, Woodbury Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Chalk up one more accolade for Woodbury’s School of Media Culture & Design’s commitment to excellence in the applied creative arts.

Bachelor’s Degree Center, a free guide to bachelor’s degree programs in all disciplines, has released its 2020 rankings of the best Graphic Design bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S. — and Woodbury is right up there. The Graphic Design Program at Woodbury University finished at #20, ahead of Pratt Institute and Art Center College of Design, among others.

To rank the best graphic design degrees, BDC editors sought out traditional, on-campus programs from institutions known for their quality education, strong job market reputation, and excellence in design. Programs were ranked according to five criteria: Cost, Job Placement, Graduation Rate, Salary Potential, and Student Reviews.

Students from Woodbury have won more than 100 national and international design awards in advertising, branding, package design, poster design, logo and identity design, and entertainment,” BDC editors wrote. “Woodbury is … committed to helping its students succeed by enabling student-faculty interaction and providing a practice-based education. Students who complete the program finish with a strong portfolio that will get noticed by employers… [they] can choose to focus their portfolios in motion design, environmental design, publications, advertising, or entertainment.”

“Our Graphic Design program enables creative, dedicated students to master their craft and get a real jump start on their professional careers,” says Behnoush McKay, M.F.A., Chair of the Graphic Design program. “Recognition from BDC attests to the success of our curriculum and the proven ability of our students and grads to compete for top jobs in the graphic design field.”

Bachelor’s Degree Center describes Woodbury graduates as “innovative professionals who responsibly contribute to the global economy and community. The school focuses on establishing partnerships that lead to student engagement and enrich the learning experience.”

According to BDC editors, “Graphic design is an ever-changing field… an occupation with one foot in the arts and one in technology, so it’s vital for a student to choose a school that offers cutting-edge tools and technology.” As the editors explain, “A traditional, on-campus graphic design program offers not only access to the latest technologies, but to the mentorship and networking opportunities that are crucial to professional development.” The Woodbury BFA degree is designed to prepare graduates to enter professional practice through both studio-based learning and required internships. Students learn the art of visual communication through the study of design, aesthetics and media by engaging in a sequenced curriculum that develops the expertise required to enter multiple areas of the professional design world.