A+D’s Graphic Design Program Ranks in the Top 3% Nationally
Author: School of Art + Design
Posted: March 9, 2020

The 2020 Animation Career Review Graphic Design rankings are out and it’s happened again!

The School of Art + Design’s Graphic Design program has consistently ranked among the best programs in the country and this year we are proud to announce our highest ranking yet. We placed in the top 3% nationally—5th in the nation among public schools—and as the top program in Oregon. The Animation Career Review is an online resource for people aspiring to careers in animation, game design, graphic design, digital art, and related fields. In preparing their rankings they considered over 700 schools with graphic design programs from across the US.

Here's where we stand:

Top 50 Nationally (#20, top 3%)
Top 40 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges (#5, top 2%)
Top 10 on the West Coast (#6, top 15%)
Top 25 Nationally among schools offering a Graphic Design BFA (#15)
And as the #1 program in Oregon

Our design faculty, who are all active makers as well as educators, are key to our success. Through their tireless efforts and deep connections, Portland State’s Graphic Design students become part of the larger design community.

We equip our students to conquer creative challenges with a breadth of technical and artistic skills. We empower them to trust their creative impulses, embrace their interests, and direct their own learning experiences. We encourage them to be exploratory, experimental, collaborative graphic designers who can thrive in today’s world.

Many of our classes pair students with clients—small businesses, non-profits, cultural institutions—giving students the experience of making work for the real world. We work to connect our students to the design community within Portland, and beyond.

Through a dynamic and diverse program of visiting designer lectures, field trips, in-class demos, portfolio days, and internship opportunities, our students become integrated members of a global community of makers.

The success of our program is reflected in our alumni. Our graduates are working near and far, in small agencies and in really big ones. They start their own businesses. They make their own products. They research and write. They are active participants in design and culture.

Learn more about our Graphic Design program at

Meet a recent graduate

Graphic Design students present their work at BE HONEST, an annual portfolio showcase event

A+D Projects offers graphic design students real-world experience working with clients

Student work from A+D Projects

Annex Zine, a collaboratively produced quarterly publication