Top 10 Art and Design Schools in the World



As we enter the golden age of design in startups, highly talented user-interface and product designers are becoming ever more important.

But which school is best suited to get you the design job you want?

Over the past couple of months, Business Insider conducted a survey to find the top 25 design schools in the world.

All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses. But what matters most is how valuable these schools really are.

10. Art Center College of Design


Rating: 72.3% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: ArtCenter College of Design offers a new model for art and design education in the 21st century. Our visionary approach is based on the College’s conservatory-like approach to teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and trans disciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Founded: 1930

Total Enrollment: 1,842

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9. Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute


Rating: 72.6% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: The Human Computer Interaction Institute was listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools in IT by Computerworld in 2008. One of our respondents said that the school “has undoubtedly prepared [him/her] for [his/her] first [user experience] job in an excellent way.”

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Founded: 1967

Total Enrollment: 27


8. D School: Institute of Design at Stanford University


Rating: 72.8% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: The D School counts practicing designers like Klout’s director of product design, David Baggeroer, as professors.

Location: Stanford, CA

Founded: 1891

Total Enrollment: 15,723


7. Royal College of Art


Rating: 73% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: The RCA is the world’s oldest art and design university. The school touts notable alumni like screen writer Alan Rickman and graphic designer Angus Hyland.

Location: London, UK

Founded: 1837

Enrollment: 517


6. Pratt Institute


Rating: 75.3% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: “The supremely effective education on offer at Pratt is about a re-imagining of everything we touch and shape—in a functional yet boundary-demolishing way shared perhaps only by RISD,” one of our respondents said. “Pratt is not just a school; it alters not just what it’s students can do in the world.”

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Founded: 1887

Total Enrollment: ~4,400


5. Parsons The New School for Design


Rating: 76.9% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: “The best graduate level talent for product concept, visualization, design, and management is coming from Parsons in New York and Stanford’s D School,” one of our respondents said. “We feel that Parsons offers the best concepts taught. Although schools like NYU, Melon, and MIT have good programmers, sometimes it doesn’t translate in design.”

Location: New York, NY

Founded: 1896

Total Enrollment: 5,000


4. Carnegie Mellon University School of Design


Rating: 76.9% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: “Carnegie Mellon University is a leader in the integration of arts and design with technology and user research,” one of our respondents said. “By specializing in both the creative and technical fields, Carnegie Mellon ensures a quality, skills-based education while offering unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.”

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Founded: 1905

Total Enrollment: 220


3. University of Cincinnati (College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning)


Rating: 77.7% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: “University of Cincinnati offers an education in design that pales other schools when all aspects are considered,” one of our respondents said. “As a state school it offers curriculum from a multitude of colleges, the diversity of a major university campus, and all of the amenities and extra curricular activities that one would expect from a top- tier Division One school.”

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Founded: 1819

Total Enrollment: 2,438


2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab


Rating: 79.8% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About:  The Media Lab became well-known in the 1990s for its mesmerizing high-tech demos that gave its viewers a glimpse of a true digital society. It is also famous for having user interface designer John Underkoffler as a graduate. Underkoffler came up with most of the interface ideas seen in “Minority Report.”

Location: Cambridge, MA

Founded: 1985

Total Enrollment: 141

1. Rhode Island School of Design


Rating: 85.1% of respondents said the program is valuable.

About: RISD is famous for having two out of three Airbnb cofounders as graduates.

Location: Providence, RI

Founded: 1877

Total Enrollment: 2,406


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