Design Schools In Iowa

Design classes faculty can choose to work at one of 26 accredited design schools in Iowa. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in design in the state of Iowa, which encompasses design training at the following levels:

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


Schools

  1. Briar Cliff University

    3303 Rebecca St, Sioux City, Iowa 51104

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  2. Buena Vista University

    610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

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  3. Des Moines Area Community College

    2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993

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  4. Dordt College

    498 4th Ave NE, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250-1697

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  5. Drake University

    2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

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  6. Eastern Iowa Community College District

    306 W River Dr, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221

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  7. Graceland University-Lamoni

    1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140

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  8. Grand View University

    1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50316

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  9. Hawkeye Community College

    1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701

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  10. Iowa Central Community College

    One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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  11. Iowa Lakes Community College

    19 S 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334-2295

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  12. Iowa State University

    3410 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011-2030

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  13. Iowa Wesleyan College

    601 N Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641

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  14. Kirkwood Community College

    6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068

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  15. Morningside College

    1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51106-1751

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  16. Mount Mercy University

    1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-4797

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  17. Ashford University

    400 N Bluff Blvd, Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967

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  18. North Iowa Area Community College

    500 College Dr, Mason City, Iowa 50401

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  19. University of Northern Iowa

    1222 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0005

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  20. Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

    1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400

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  21. Saint Ambrose University

    518 W Locust St, Davenport, Iowa 52803-2898

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  22. Southwestern Community College in Creston

    1501 W. Townline Street, Creston, Iowa 50801

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  23. Upper Iowa University

    605 Washington St, Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857

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  24. Wartburg College

    100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, Iowa 50677-0903

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  25. Western Iowa Tech Community College

    4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199

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  26. University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus

    6600 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-7724

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Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

Iowa Vs. National Design Employment

Iowa 3,790
National 370,320

Of all of the design professionals in the country, nearly 1% are in the state of Iowa.

Employment Growth for Design professionals In Iowa

3,770 3,990 3,940 3,720 3,790
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

Design is a growing field in Iowa. In Iowa, 20 more design professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of design professionals has grown by 1%. This growth is slower than the national trend for design professionals which shows a 8% decrease in the number of design professionals working around the nation.

Design VS. All Professions salaries in Iowa

$38,412 $40,557 $40,892 $40,663 $45,685
$40,051 $42,531 $43,384 $44,580 $45,125
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
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As the number of design professionals is growing, the salaries paid to design professionals are increasing in Iowa. Design professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $38,412 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $45,685 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Iowa

10th percentile
$23,013
25th percentile
$32,533
50th percentile
$42,558
75th percentile
$59,145
90th percentile
$70,978

This represents a growth in salaries of 16%. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. There is a 208% pay differential between the highest paid design professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of design in Iowa.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Iowa

Computer Animation
$56,660
Design
$45,685
Drafting
$44,310
Game Design
$63,438
Graphic Design
$39,710
Industrial Design
$51,310
Interior Design
$43,400
Visual Communications
$37,130
Web Design
$39,710

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

Educational Trends

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

associate
17
bachelor
24
master
3
doctor
0
Certificate
10
Total54

The number of students graduating from the 26 accredited design schools in Iowa is increasing. In 2006, 546 students graduated from design courses in Iowa. And in 2010, 568 students graduated.

There was an increase in the number of design school degree or certificate graduates in Iowa by 4%. 44% of these graduates received a bachelor's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in Iowa

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