Palm Desert, CA (population: 52,240) has five interactive media design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in this group with an interactive media design program, has a total student population of 28,418. It is the 22nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Interactive Media Design students from Palm Desert schools who go on to become interactive media designers, media designers, multimedia designers, digital media designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today.
Palm Desert lies in Riverside county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area has 1,197,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,840 average annual salary.
Of the 5 interactive media design schools with a 100-mile radius of Palm Desert, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($34,413/yr) for interactive media design students, with University of California-San Diego as the lowest, reported at only $12,627/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palm Desert|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||8.3 miles|
|Joshua Tree||CA||-||1||9.13844||48||28.3 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||54.3 miles|
|San Bernardino||CA||199,314||10||20.0516||225||59.4 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||61.2 miles|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||73.4 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||73.6 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||77.3 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||77.3 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||78.5 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||80.4 miles|
|El Centro||CA||41,304||1||33.1701||10||80.5 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||80.6 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||81.8 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||83.7 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||84.2 miles|