Richmond, VA (population: 198,179) has two graphic design schools within its city limits. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in the city with a graphic design program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University). To learn more about graphic design programs in Richmond, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of graphic design professors at Virginia Commonwealth University such as Mrs. Borel, Kristin Caskey, Jennifer Hamilton, Susan Iverson, Linda Lee, and Noelle McKown.
Graphic Design students from Richmond schools who go on to become graphic designers, animation designers, fashion designers, web designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 200,870 people working as graphic designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $47,820.
Richmond lies in Richmond county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 47,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4.2% unemployment rate, $19.99/hr average worker wage, and a $41,580 average annual salary.
Of the 2 graphic design schools in Richmond, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Richmond comes out as the most expensive ($21,839/yr) for graphic design students, with Virginia Commonwealth University as the lowest, reported at only $15,907/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Richmond|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||7.9 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||61.3 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||94.9 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||95.9 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||98.5 miles|