To date, we’ve asked 76 current and past graphic design students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Majors can be changed, but why not start out with the right one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a graphic design degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a graphic design degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are graphic design students compared to other degrees?

Overall, graphic design students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, graphic design students rate their happiness similarly to students in Business Administration, Management, and Operations, Public Administration and Information Technology.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to graphic design

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Biology and Related Studies$66,563
Economics$102,179
Public Administration$69,540
Business Administration, Management, and Operations$73,160
Graphic Design$55,604
Information Technology$81,320
Communication$70,046
Teacher Education And Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas$46,024
Biomedical Sciences$75,085
Communications Technologies and Technical Support$62,565

Let's break that down further.

Are graphic design students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
80 ratings
5 stars
41%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
14%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
1%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
77 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
23%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
8%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in graphic design experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did graphic design graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what graphic design grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.8 out of 5 stars
75 ratings
5 stars
12%
4 stars
11%
3 stars
36%
2 stars
24%
1 stars
16%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were graphic design students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
76 ratings
5 stars
20%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
12%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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