San Luis Obispo, CA (population: 43,926) has twenty interactive media design schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Stanford University, the highest ranked school in this group with an interactive media design program, has a total student population of 18,498. It is the 3rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Interactive Media Design students from San Luis Obispo 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.
San Luis Obispo lies in San Luis Obispo county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles area has 99,740 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,470 average annual salary.
Of the 20 interactive media design schools with a 500-mile radius of San Luis Obispo, only 6 have 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 California State University-Dominguez Hills as the lowest, reported at only $2,451/yr.