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Design Schools In Rhode Island

Rhode Island has 2 accredited design schools where design faculty who teach design classes can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Rhode Island, and the future trends in design training at the following levels:


  1. New England Institute of Technology

    2500 Post Rd, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-2244

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Rhode Island School of Design

    2 College St, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Rhode Island Vs. National Design Employment

Rhode Island 1,240
National 370,320

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

Employment Growth for Design professionals In Rhode Island

1,880 1,650 1,600 1,360 1,240
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of design professionals is shrinking in Rhode Island. 640 less design professionals were working in Rhode Island in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of design has shrunk by 34% in Rhode Island. 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 Rhode Island

$46,662 $46,493 $49,720 $57,335 $56,164
$45,814 $47,319 $48,863 $50,877 $52,430
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to design professionals are growing in Rhode Island. In 2006 design professionals made a mean salary of $46,662 per year, and in 2010 they made $56,164 per year.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Rhode Island

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

This represents a 17% growth in salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 130% 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 Rhode Island.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Rhode Island

Game Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications
Web Design

Design professionals in Rhode Island earn, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in Rhode Island


As the number of design professionals is decreasing in Rhode Island state, the number of students graduating from the 2 accredited design schools in Rhode Island state is decreasing. In 2006, 281 students graduated from design courses in Rhode Island. And in 2010, 265 students graduated.

This represents a 6% decrease in the number of design degree or certificate school graduates in Rhode Island state. A majority of these graduates, or 50%, graduated with an bachelor's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in Rhode Island

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