Design Schools In North Dakota

North Dakota has 4 accredited design schools where design faculty who teach design classes can find employment. The trends in North Dakota's design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:

  • Associates degree in Design
  • Bachelors degree in Design


  1. Rasmussen College-North Dakota

    4012 19th Avenue SW, Fargo, North Dakota 58103-7196

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Bismarck State College

    1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. University of North Dakota

    Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193

    164 U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. North Dakota State University-Main Campus

    1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050

    181 U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

North Dakota Vs. National Design Employment

North Dakota 780
National 370,320

Of all of the design professionals that work in the US, approximately 0% work in North Dakota state.

Employment Growth for Design professionals In North Dakota

920 930 880 830 780
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In North Dakota, the field of design is shrinking. In North Dakota, 140 less design professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of design professionals has shrunk by 15%. This decline is faster than the change in the number of design professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of design professionals has shrunk by 8% from 2006 to 2010.

Design VS. All Professions salaries in North Dakota

$35,873 $27,927 $29,790 $33,792 $30,037
$38,611 $40,428 $41,355 $43,390 $43,459
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by design professionals is decreasing in North Dakota. Design professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $35,873 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $30,037 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in North Dakota

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25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Thus, there was a 19% decline in design professionals' salaries. This decline is quite different from state trends for all professionals. Within the field of design, there is a huge variation in pay, with the highest paid design professionals earning 124% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket in North Dakota state.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in North Dakota

Game Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications
Web Design

In North Dakota, design professionals make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in North Dakota


As the number of design professionals is decreasing in North Dakota state, the number of students graduating from the 4 accredited design schools in North Dakota state is decreasing. In 2006, 145 students graduated from design courses in North Dakota. And in 2010, 32 students graduated.

This represents a 78% decrease in the number of design degree or certificate school graduates in North Dakota state. Most of these graduates, or 75%, earned a associate's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in North Dakota

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