Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Helsinki, Finland
Founded: 1871 / Total Enrollment: 2,779

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.

California Institute of the Art Valencia, California
Founded: 1961 / Total Enrollment: 1489
The California Institute of the Arts, as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and performing arts. It offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees among six schools: Art; Critical Studies; Dance; Film/Video; Music; and Theater.

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design Copenhagen, Denmark
Founded: 2008 / Total Enrollment: 23
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.

Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
Founded: 1944 / Total enrollment: 9,571
One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. We’re known for our rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: 1885 / Total Enrollment: 20,000
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.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Founded: 1937 / Total Enrollment: 1,200
The school of design is the only school in Hong Kong that offers higher level design education.

ITT Institute of Design Chicago, IL
Founded: 1937 / Total Enrollment: 150
IIT Institute of Design (ID) is a graduate design school with a history of innovation. ID pioneered the development and dissemination of modern design from its founding in 1937 as the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Today, our graduate design school focuses on global challenges. We prepare designers to take on the worlds complex, fast-changing, and unpredictable problems such as competitiveness, digital media and learning, health and wellbeing, and social innovation.


Juilliard Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York
Founded: 1905 / Total Enrollment: 855
The Juilliard School informally referred to as Juilliard and located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a performing arts conservatory.

Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland
Founded: 1826 / Total Enrollment: 42,390
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a leader in the world of visual arts featuring undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, California
Founded: 1918 / Total Enrollment: 40,490
Otis College of Art and Design is a private art school and design school. Programs, accredited by WASC and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, include four-year BFA degrees in illustration, fine arts, graphic design, architecture, landscape design, interior design, fashion design, digital media, toy design, and product design.

Parsons School of Design New York, NY
Founded: 1896 / Total Enrollment: 5,854
Parsons was the first school in the United States to offer programs in fashion design, advertising, interior design, and graphic design. The school offers 13 undergraduate bachelor’s programs and 17 graduate master’s programs, and it is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious art and design schools in the world. It is currently ranked as the #1 art and design school in the United States and #2 in the world, just behind the Royal College of Art in London.

Pratt Institute New York, NY
Founded: 1896 / Total Enrollment: 5,000
Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences.

UCLA Design Media Arts Los Angeles, CA
Founded: 1988 / Total Enrollment: 209
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.

UIC – School of Art and Design Chicago, IL
Founded: 1890 / Total Enrollment: 15,219
The School of Art and Design offers a wide variety of programs, ranging from studio arts to photography and graphic design.