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Design Schools In Washington DC

In Washington DC, there are 7 accredited schools where design classes faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Washington DC, and the future trends in design training at the following levels:


  1. American University

    4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016-8001

    82 U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Corcoran College of Art and Design

    500 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-4804

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. University of the District of Columbia

    4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Gallaudet University

    800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002-3695

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. George Washington University

    2121 I Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20052

    50 U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. Howard University

    2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001

    115 U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. University of Phoenix-Washington DC Campus

    25 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001-1431

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Washington DC Vs. National Design Employment

Washington DC 2,510
National 370,320

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

Employment Growth for Design professionals In Washington DC

2,320 2,500 2,660 2,820 2,510
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Washington DC, design is a growing field. In Washington DC, 190 more design professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 8% growth in the field. 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 Washington DC

$55,792 $58,520 $59,698 $60,724 $62,458
$54,015 $56,773 $59,398 $60,217 $61,344
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of design professionals is growing, the salaries paid to design professionals are increasing in Washington DC. The mean salary for design professionals in 2006 was $55,792 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $62,458 per year.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Washington DC

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25th percentile
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This represents a growth in salaries of 11%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In the state of Washington DC, 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 181%

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Washington DC

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

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

Educational Trends

Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in Washington DC


As the number of design professionals is increasing in Washington DC state, the number of students graduating from the 7 accredited design schools in Washington DC state is also increasing. In 2006, 91 students graduated from design courses in Washington DC. And in 2010, 104 students graduated.

There was an increase in the number of design school degree or certificate graduates in Washington DC by 14%. 71% of these graduates received an bachelor's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in Washington DC

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