Santa Barbara, CA (population: 86,382) has five industrial design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with an industrial design program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about industrial design programs in Santa Barbara, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of industrial design professors at University of Southern California such as Sherin Guirguis.
Industrial Design students from Santa Barbara schools who go on to become industrial designers, commercial designers, architecture designers, designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,460 people working as industrial engineering technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,030. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today.
Santa Barbara lies in Santa Barbara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area has 170,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary.
Of the 5 industrial design schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Barbara, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Art Center College of Design comes out as the most expensive ($39,672/yr) for industrial design students, with California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo as the lowest, reported at only $13,431/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Barbara|
|Santa Maria||CA||88,641||3||25.1117||131||54.1 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||56.6 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||66.2 miles|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||69.1 miles|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||71.3 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||74.7 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||76.1 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||78.1 miles|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||78.9 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||80.8 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||90.6 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||92.9 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||99.7 miles|