Queens College Ranked in Top 25 of Best Public Colleges and Universities for Graphic Design in the Nation

— Ranked Among the Top 50 Colleges Out of Nearly 800 Public and Private Schools Considered –

Queens, NY, February 7, 2018, 2018 – Queens College has been named one of the nation’s top 50 best colleges for graphic design and one of the top 25 public graphic design schools and colleges on the Animation Career Review’s 2018 list. Nearly 800 graphic design programs were considered in 2018, with Queens College ranking in the top 5% among public colleges and universities and the top 7% of all programs. Ranking factors included admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, academic reputation, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location.

“Queens College long has been recognized as an institution that provides its students with a high quality educational foundation while also preparing students for available jobs in their field of study,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We are delighted for our Design program to receive this recognition as one of the top programs in the nation, again demonstrating how, at Queens College, it’s possible to receive a world-class education and graduate debt-free.”

Queens College’s Design program combines knowledgeable faculty with industry standard software and the creativity of a studio-based learning environment. More than 350 current students are pursuing the Design major, concentrating in either Communication Design, Animation & Illustration, or Interaction Design. Students can specialize in techniques and approaches that prepare them for a multitude of design-based careers including graphic designers, software and web developers, animators, marketing and advertising specialists, or product designers. The school’s Design program also has an extensive network of internships that allow students to get real-world experience as a designer while receiving college credit and building their resume.

In describing Queens College’s position on the list, Animation Career Review’s staff declared:

Established in 1937, Queens College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Current enrollment is close to 19,000 matriculated students from over 170 countries across the globe. The school offers 69 undergraduate programs, 62 graduate programs and more than 40 certificate programs across four divisions including Arts and Humanities, Education, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences. The Arts and Humanities Division houses the Design Program, which offers a BS in Design with a Concentration in Communication Design (Graphic Design), Interaction Design, or Animation and Illustration.

Minors in Graphic Design, Digital Graphics, and Imagemaking are also on the menu as well as an MFA in Studio with a Concentration in Media or other area with approval. Per the school, students in all Queens College Design programs “learn visual communication using industry-standard technology across interactive, time-based, digital and traditional media.” Graduates are prepared for a career in design or for graduate study.

In conjunction with the Design department, Queens College has developed a winter advertising paid internship program that helps to place current Design majors and minors in prominent advertising agencies in New York City to receive hands-on experience in the design industry and further prepare students for the workforce.

About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit qc.cuny.edu to learn more.

A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

For more about Queens college, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/home.aspx

Maria Matteo
Office of Communications
Assistant Director, News Services