Updated June 4, 2013

Design-based companies and firms are in many ways the ultimate arbiters of the value of degree programs in design. They have the most direct view of what graduates need to thrive in the working world and make decisions daily to hire emerging design professionals.

The 2013 edition of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools from DesignIntelligence includes rankings of the best undergraduate and graduate programs from 392 professional practice organizations in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and industrial design that hire graduates of design programs.

According to firms, the top 10 undergraduate programs in Architecture are:

  • 1. Cornell University
  • 2. Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • 3. Rice University
  • 3. Syracuse University
  • 5. California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
  • 6. University of Texas at Austin
  • 7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 7. Rhode Island School of Design
  • 9. Iowa State University
  • 9. Auburn University

The top 10 undergraduate programs in Interior Design are:

  • 1. Savannah College of Art and Design
  • 2. University of Cincinnati
  • 2. Rhode Island School of Design
  • 4. Pratt Institute
  • 5. Auburn University
  • 6. University of Texas at Austin
  • 6. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 8. Boston Architectural College
  • 8. Cornell University
  • 8. Kansas State University
  • 8 Parsons The New School for Design

The top 10 undergraduate programs in Landscape Architecture are:

  • 1. Louisiana State University
  • 2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 3. Pennsylvania State University
  • 4. Kansas State University
  • 5. Texas A&M University
  • 6. Cornell University
  • 7. Calif. Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 7. Purdue University
  • 7. University of Georgia
  • 10. Ball State University

The top 10 undergraduate programs in Industrial Design are:

  • 1. Art Center College of Design
  • 1. University of Cincinnati
  • 3. Pratt Institute
  • 3. Rhode Island School of Design
  • 3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 6. Auburn University
  • 6. College for Creative Studies
  • 6. Savannah College of Art and Design
  • 9. Carnegie Mellon
  • 9. Syracuse University

America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools also includes 66 pages of survey rankings and information from more than 2,840 architecture and design students, as well as deans and chairs of 351 programs in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.

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