Design Schools In Colorado

Colorado has 31 accredited design schools where design faculty who teach design classes can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in design in the state of Colorado, which encompasses design training at the following levels:

  • Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Design
  • Bachelors degree in Design
  • Masters degree in Design
  • PhD degree in Design


Schools

  1. Arapahoe Community College

    5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  2. University of Colorado Denver

    Denver, Colorado 80217-3364

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  3. University of Colorado Boulder

    Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0017

    94 U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  4. The Art Institute of Colorado

    1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203-2983

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  5. Colorado Mountain College

    831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  6. Colorado State University

    102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100

    128 U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  7. Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs

    4435 N Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907-3812

    n/a U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  8. Community College of Aurora

    16000 E CentreTech Pky, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  9. College America-Denver

    1385 S Colorado Blvd., 5th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80222

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  10. Community College of Denver

    1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80204-2026

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  11. University of Denver

    2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80208

    82 U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  12. Front Range Community College

    3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  13. Mesa State College

    1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  14. Metropolitan State College of Denver

    Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  15. National American University-Colorado Springs

    1915 Jamboree Drive ste 185, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  16. Northeastern Junior College

    100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colorado 80751-2944

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  17. Pikes Peak Community College

    5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  18. Pueblo Community College

    900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  19. Red Rocks Community College

    13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  20. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

    1600 Pierce St, Denver, Colorado 80214

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  21. Pickens Technical College

    500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  22. Trinidad State Junior College

    600 Prospect St, Trinidad, Colorado 81082

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  23. ITT Technical Institute-Thornton

    500 E 84th Ave Suite B12, Thornton, Colorado 80229-5338

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  24. Platt College in Aurora

    3100 S Parker Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80014-3141

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  25. University of Phoenix-Colorado Campus

    10004 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124-5453

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  26. Colorado Technical University in Greenwood Village

    5775 Denver Tech Ctr Blvd, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111-3201

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  27. DeVry University-Colorado

    1870 West 122nd Avenue, Westminster, Colorado 80234-2010

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  28. ITT Technical Institute_??_??_Aurora

    12500 E Iliff Ave Ste 100, Aurora, Colorado 80014

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +
  29. Ecotech Institute

    14001 E Iliff Ave Ste 320, Aurora, Colorado 80014

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
    +

Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

Colorado Vs. National Design Employment

Colorado 6,710
National 370,320

Of all of the design professionals in the country, nearly 2% are in the state of Colorado.

Employment Growth for Design professionals In Colorado

6,450 7,130 6,920 6,840 6,710
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Colorado, the field of design is growing. 260 more design professionals were working in Colorado in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of design professionals has grown by 4%. This is slower than the trend for design professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of design professionals has shrunk by 8% between 2006 and 2010.

Design VS. All Professions salaries in Colorado

$44,823 $43,723 $46,175 $47,690 $49,204
$46,058 $47,685 $48,234 $49,831 $51,291
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

In Colorado, as the number of design professionals is growing, the salaries earned by design professionals are increasing. The mean salary for design professionals in 2006 was $44,823 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $49,204 per year.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Colorado

10th percentile
$28,418
25th percentile
$34,024
50th percentile
$45,000
75th percentile
$60,301
90th percentile
$78,186

This represents a growth in salaries of 9%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In the state of Colorado, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of design. The pay differential between the highest paid design professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 175%

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Colorado

Computer Animation
$54,270
Design
$49,204
Drafting
$54,120
Fashion Design
$65,280
Game Design
$71,152
Graphic Design
$44,190
Industrial Design
$60,990
Interior Design
$49,770
Visual Communications
$46,015
Web Design
$44,190

In Colorado, design professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in Colorado

associate
24
bachelor
22
master
1
doctor
1
Certificate
12
Total60

As the number of design professionals is increasing in Colorado state, the number of students graduating from the 31 accredited design schools in Colorado state is decreasing. In 2006 there were 838 design graduates from design courses in Colorado and in 2010 there were 780 graduates.

Thus there was a 7% percent decrease in the number of design school degree or certificate graduates in Colorado. Most of these graduates, or 40%, earned a associate's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in Colorado

Share & Compare

Enter your salary to gain access to our continually growing higher education faculty salary database. Don't worry! This is 100% secure and anonymous.

We are now in the process of collecting data for the number of design faculty in Colorado, growth in the field of design academia and design faculty salaries in Colorado. If you are involved in teaching design courses to students at the certificate in design, associates degree in design, bachelors degree in design, masters degree in design, and doctoral degree in design levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of design in Colorado. A summary of what your peers have told us up until now will be available once you submit your information.

Career Index

Your free online education database