We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for an illustration degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,418 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,675 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,680 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

What do illustration graduates earn?

Illustration students make an average of $52,478 per year after graduation. This is 21% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 52,478 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 21% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular illustration schools in the US

There are 128 schools in the US that offer a illustration degree. The illustration schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Northeastern University, Syracuse University and St John's University-New York. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in illustration per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Northeastern University$49,497
Syracuse University$46,755
St John's University-New York$40,520
George Washington University$53,518
Rochester Institute of Technology$40,068
Virginia Commonwealth University$13,624
University of Hartford$38,910
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
University of New Haven$38,170
Ferris State University$11,628

Top US schools for an illustration degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering illustration degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Gemini School of Visual Arts & CommunicationN/A$null
Northeastern University27%$49,497
Rhode Island School of Design32%$48,370
Laguna College of Art and Design33%$29,800
George Washington University41%$53,518
Art Academy of Cincinnati45%$31,290
Syracuse University47%$46,755
Fashion Institute of Technology47%$5,483
Nossi College of Art48%$17,800
College for Creative Studies49%$42,460

Cheapest US schools for an illustration degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an illustration degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
San Diego City College$1,142
Santa Rosa Junior College$1,282
Collin County Community College District$2,644
Salt Lake Community College$3,781
Lakeland Community College$4,165
Henry Ford College$4,694
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Fashion Institute of Technology$5,483
Kalamazoo Valley Community College$5,646
University of Central Oklahoma$7,100

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