Top 25 Design Schools in the World 2012 by Business Insider

25. Hong Kong Polytechnic University

25. Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

About: The school of design is the only school in Hong Kong that offers higher level design education.

Location: Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Founded: 1937

Total Enrollment: 1,200

24. Georgia Institute of Technology

24. Georgia Institute of Technology

About: Georgia Tech has a great blend of engineering, manufacturing, business, and design in its curriculum. It’s also the alma mater of several prominent designers including Michael Arad, who designed the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City and “Trading Spaces” designer Vern Yip.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Founded: 1885

Total Enrollment: 20,000

23. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (fka University of Art and Design Helsinki)

 

About: The School of Arts, Design, and Architecture is broken into five departments: Media; Design; Art; Architecture; and Motion Picture, Television and Production Design. All departments put an emphasis on a humanist world view and aim to implement human-oriented environments.

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Founded: 1871

Total Enrollment: 2,779

22. Institute of Design (Chicago)

22. Institute of Design (Chicago)

About: As one of our respondents notes, the Institute of Design is “one of the rare species that pushes the boundaries of where the design discipline can play and win.”

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded: 1937

Total Enrollment: 150

21. UCLA Design Media Arts

21. UCLA Design Media Arts

UCLA Design Media Arts

About: UCLA Design Media Arts’s partnership with Ogilvy & Mather enables students to learn directly from a brand expert for an entire semester. The school’s top employers include Wieden & Kennedy and Walt Disney.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 1988

Total Enrollment: 209

20. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design

20. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design/Facebook

About: The School of Art and Design offers a wide variety of programs, ranging from studio arts to photography and graphic design.

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded: 1890

Total Enrollment: 15,219

19. University of California at Berkeley School of Information

19. University of California at Berkeley School of Information

University of California – Berkeley School of Information

About: The School of Information is Berkeley’s smallest and newest school. It offers a wide range of courses focused on bridging the gap between information and computer science, design, and social sciences. 

Location: Berkeley, CA

Founded: 1994

Total Enrollment: 100

18. California College of the Arts

18. California College of the Arts

California College of the Arts

About: “The MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts utilizes systems and design thinking—integrating the studies of design, business, ethnography, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework for developing innovative and sustainable businesses, policies, services and products,” one our respondents said.

Locations: San Francisco and Oakland, CA

Founded: 1907

Total Enrollment: 1,917

17. Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

17. Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

CIID

About: The Copenhagen Institute focuses solely on interaction design, which combines traditional design with socio-technological trends. This style of design is less about visual aesthetics, and more about the beauty in intangible experiences.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Founded: 2008

Total Enrollment: 23

16. New York University Tisch School of the Arts

About: The Tisch school is widely regarded as one of the nation’s best institutions for studying performing and media arts. Some notable faculty members include interaction animation expert Jean-Marc Gauthier and Chrysler Design Award winner Daniel Rozin.

Location: New York, NY

Founded: 1965

Total Enrollment: 4,102

15. Cooper Union

15. Cooper Union

Cooper Union

About: “Cooper Union trains its students to establish his or her own design ideals [by] offering them the training and discipline in thinking in order to achieve those ideals,” one of our respondents said.

Location: New York, NY

Founded: 1859

Total Enrollment: 1,000

14. Cranbrook Academy of Art

14. Cranbrook Academy of Art

About: Cranbook provides a very unique experience to its students because they don’t actually have faculty. Instead, artists in residence teach students. 

Location: Bloomfield, MI

Founded: 1932

Total Enrollment: 163

13. Savannah College of Art and Design

13. Savannah College of Art and Design

About: Many notable designers have graduated from Savannah, including Facebook’s director of design, Kate Aronowitz, and graphic novel creators Joshua and Jonathan Luna, also known as the Luna Brothers.

Location: Savannah, GA

Founded: 1978

Total Enrollment: 11,000

11. Rochester Institute of Technology College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

10. Art Center College of Design

About: “At Art Center College of Design, I was instilled with a work ethic and appreciation and understanding of the history of design that I consider to be invaluable, which is lucky considering the cost of tuition,” one of our respondents said. “When deciding to pivot in my life after having already acquired a degree in history from UCLA and see if design was for me, I only applied to what I considered to be the best school to find out if it was right decision. As it turns out it was, and I consider it to be the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Location: Pasadena, CA

Founded: 1930

Total Enrollment: 1,842

9. Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute

9. Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute

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

Business Insider’s rating is based on a simple and pragmatic survey that asked how valuable each design school’s program really is. 

7. Royal College of Art

7. Royal College of Art

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

Business Insider’s rating is based on a simple and pragmatic survey that asked how valuable each design school’s program really is. 

6. Pratt Institute

6. Pratt Institute

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

5. Parsons The New School for Design

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

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

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

1. Rhode Island School of Design

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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