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Design Schools
In Columbia, South Carolina

There are 4 design schools in Columbia for faculty to choose from. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Columbia, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Columbia Vs. South Carolina Design Employment

Columbia 580
South Carolina 3,650

Exactly 580 of the 3,650 design professionals employed in South Carolina, work in Columbia. Between 2006 and 2010, in Columbia, there has been a 3% decline in the number of design professionals. Overall employment in Columbia has increased.

Columbia Vs. South Carolina Design employment growth

3,630 3,770 4,410 3,890 3,650
600 580 630 600 580
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: South Carolina
  • Dark Yellow: Columbia

Design VS. All professions salaries in Columbia

$31,198 $38,080 $41,480 $44,980 $34,803
$35,040 $36,880 $38,180 $39,020 $40,340
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Columbia
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Columbia

In Columbia, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 design professionals in Columbia reportedly earned an average salary of $34,803 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in Columbia made an average salary of $31,198 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Columbia is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Columbia

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

Design professionals in Columbia make a median yearly salary of $33,153. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $23,193 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $50,760 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Columbia

Visual Communications
Graphic Design
Web Design
Interior Design
Game Design

Design professional salaries in Columbia are, on average, lower than salaries earned for professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Columbia


There are 4 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Columbia's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Columbia


Columbia's design school offers one design degree and certificate program.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Columbia


Approximately 6 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Columbia, South Carolina

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