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Design Schools In Alabama

In Alabama, there are 17 accredited schools where design classes faculty 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 Alabama, which encompasses design training at the following levels:


  1. The University of Alabama

    739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166

    75 U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Auburn University

    Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University, Alabama 36849

    82 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Chattahoochee Valley Community College

    2602 College Drive, Phenix City, Alabama 36869

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. James H Faulkner State Community College

    1900 US Hwy 31 S, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507-2698

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville

    801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. John C Calhoun State Community College

    6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, Alabama 35671

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus

    3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  8. Oakwood University

    7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35896

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  9. Samford University

    800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229-2240

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  10. Shelton State Community College

    9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405-8522

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  11. Spring Hill College

    4000 Dauphin St, Mobile, Alabama 36608-1791

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  12. ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer

    6270 Park South Drive, Bessemer, Alabama 35022

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  13. Virginia College-Birmingham

    488 Palisades Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama 35209

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  14. Virginia College-Huntsville

    2800 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville, Alabama 35805-9945

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  15. Virginia College-Mobile

    3725 Airport Blvd, Suite 165, Mobile, Alabama 36608

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  16. ITT Technical Institute-Mobile

    3100 Cottage Hill Rd Bldg 3, Mobile, Alabama 36606

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  17. ITT Technical Institute in Madison, AL

    9238 Madison Blvd, Ste 500, Madison, Alabama 35758

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Alabama Vs. National Design Employment

Alabama 3,370
National 370,320

Approximately 1% of the country's design professionals work in Alabama state.

Employment Growth for Design professionals In Alabama

3,650 3,600 3,840 3,610 3,370
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Alabama, design is a shrinking field. 280 less design professionals were working in Alabama in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 8% decline in the field. This decline 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 Alabama

$34,997 $43,130 $44,633 $45,977 $47,727
$39,917 $41,500 $42,923 $44,323 $46,099
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to design professionals are growing in Alabama. Design professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $34,997 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $47,727 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Alabama

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

This represents a 27% growth in salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. Within the field of design, there is a huge variation in pay, with the highest paid design professionals earning 161% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket in Alabama state.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Alabama

Computer Animation
Fashion Design
Game Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications
Web Design

In Alabama, 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 Alabama


The number of students graduating from the 17 accredited design schools in Alabama is increasing. In 2006 there were 303 design graduates from design courses in Alabama and in 2010 there were 326 graduates.

Thus there was a 8% percent increase in the number of design school degree or certificate graduates in Alabama. Most of these graduates, or 48%, earned a associate's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in Alabama

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