UW News

February 11, 2020

Design program at UW ranked best in Washington, among the top nationally


Denny Hall on UW’s Seattle campusMark Stone/University of Washington

The University of Washington’s design program in the School of Art + Art History + Design earned top honors on the 2020 list of “Best Graphic Design Programs” by the online site Animation Career Review. UW was the top ranked school in Washington, among the top 10 on the West Coast and ranked 7th out of 40 public institutions.

Since 2012, Animation Career Review has published rankings on schools focused on animation and interactive design. The website has ranked graphic design programs since 2015.

Rankings are based on surveys sent to all degree-granting institutions for particular programs. The criteria, according to the site, factors in “academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of program[s], and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.” In the graphic design school category, 712 schools were considered with the UW ranking among the top 50 nationally (#24). According to the editors, this places the UW among the top 4% of programs nationwide.