Many of the nation's top ranked art schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in graphic design and other graphic arts fields. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report compiled a ranking of graphic design programs based on a survey of graphic design program faculty. Schools appear on this list in the order of their rank.

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design, commonly referred to as RISD, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in graphic design. Undergraduates can work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in graphic design. The school offers a two-year MFA program for students who have completed undergraduate majors or degrees in graphic design, and a three-year MFA program for students without a graphic design background. All graduate students must complete individual thesis work. RISD ranked 1st overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Rhode Island School of Design Department of Graphic Design Design Center, 30 North Main St. Providence, RI 02903 401-454-6171 risd.edu/graduate_graphic.cfm

Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Academy of Art offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 2D Design, or Graphic Design. The department emphasizes interdisciplinary and experimental thinking, and encourages students to explore a variety of media. Cranbrook Academy of Art tied for fourth overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Cranbrook Academy of Art 29221 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-645-3300 cranbrook.edu/

Yale University School of Art

Yale University's School of Art offers a Master of Fine Arts degree program in graphic design, as well as an undergraduate major in art with a possible concentration in graphic design. Yale's School of Art was ranked 2nd overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Yale University School of Art 1156 Chapel St. New Haven, CT 06520 203-432-2600 art.yale.edu/

Virginia Commonwealth University

The graphic design department at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts offers several degree programs. Undergraduates work toward a BFA in graphic design, and graduate students work toward MFA degrees in design and visual communications. The department encourages interdisciplinary experimentation. VCU tied for 4th overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Graphic Design 325 North Harrison St., Suite 332 Richmond, VA 23284 804-828-1709 vcu.edu/arts/graphicdesign/dept/

Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in graphic design, industrial design, interaction design and communication planning and information design. Unlike many other art schools, Carnegie Mellon offers doctoral degree programs in design in addition to masters degree programs. Carnegie Mellon tied for 7th overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Carnegie Mellon School of Design MMC 110 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-268-2828 design.cmu.edu/

Maryland Institute College of Art

The Maryland Institute College of Art, commonly referred to as MICA, offers undergraduate BFA programs in graphic design with concentrations in book arts and graphic design studio. The school also offers BFA degree programs in illustration, interaction design and animation, as well as an MFA program in graphic design. MICA tied for 4th overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217 410-669-9200 mica.edu/

School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts opened in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. The school continues to emphasize graphic arts. Undergraduates can work toward BFA degrees in cartooning, illustration and graphic design, and graduate students can work toward MFA degrees in design, design criticism, illustration and interaction design.

School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd St. New York, NY 10010 212-592-2000 schoolofvisualarts.edu

California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts, commonly referred to as Cal Arts, offers a BFA program in graphic design as well as two- and three-year MFA programs in graphic design. Cal Arts tied for 7th overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of fine arts graduate schools.

California Institute of the Arts 24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355 661-255-1050 calarts.edu/art/programs/graphicdesign

Pratt Institute

The Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design offers undergraduate BFA and BA programs in art and design education, digital arts, history of art and design and communications design. Graduate students at Pratt can work toward MFA degrees and Master of Education degrees in design and design education.

Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 718-636-3514 pratt.edu/

California College of the Arts

The California College of the Arts, commonly referred to as CCA, offers an undergraduate BFA degree program in graphic design as well as a graduate program in design. Graduate students can also work toward a dual MFA and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in design strategy. CCA has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland.

California College of the Arts 1111 8th St. San Francisco, CA 94107 415-703-9500 cca.edu/