Montana is home 23 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) grant an associate's degree or higher, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) they must sign a participation agreement with the Department. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. This means, future students will have access to a variety of financial aid programs to help cover tuition and other costs.
A number of Montana Title IV schools offer excellent programs for artists and designers—including graphic designers. Continue reading to find out which Montana schools offer programs for aspiring graphic designers and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Montana Graphic Design Schools
Montana State University, Bozeman – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,800, nonresidents $21,390 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Montana State University (Northern), Havre – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,817 for lower division students (12 credit hours per semester), $5,715 for upper division students (12 credit hours per semester); nonresidents $16,656 for lower division students (12 credit hours per semester), $17,554 for upper division students (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Montana Graphic Design Scene
Montana is home to 6,200 salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 10 percent of this group (620) are graphic designers. The population has increased since 2009 when the state was home to 520 designers. Nationwide, the top industries for graphic designers are advertising, public relations, publishing, printing and related services, specialized design services, and computer systems design. However, most Montana-based designers work in advertising and marketing. Just a few employment options include:
- Banik Communications, Great Falls
- Kinetic Marketing & Creative, Billings
- MercuryCSC, Bozeman
- MMG, Missoula
- Montana Grafix, Chinook
- Partners Creative, Missoula
- Prime Incorporated, Bozeman
- Six Pony Hitch, Missoula
- The Wendt Agency, Great Falls
- Vauthier Ferguson, Anaconda
- Wheelie Creative Design, Whitefish
While employment opportunities can be found in a number of cities across the state, most opportunities can be found in major cities such as Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, and Bozeman.
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