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Harrington College of Design

Harrington College of Design is college with 381 students located in Chicago, IL.

Fine and Performing Arts, Open Admissions

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At Harrington College of Design, our goal is to help students with a passion for creative expression develop their talents to pursue professional ambitions in the fields of photography, interior design or graphic design.

We offer specialized associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs designed to provide a balance of studio, classroom and independent study, giving students the opportunity to learn through a variety of methods and develop a well-rounded understanding of both the business and creative sides of their chosen profession.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 381
Gender 26% Male / 74% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 44% Full Time / 56% Part Time
Geography 83% In State / 17% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 50% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 53%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 16%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring writing center learning center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor employment services for undergraduates
  • Facilities: access to chicago merchandise mart's wholesale showroom
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cooperative education internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Interior Design (57%), Interior Design (22%), Commercial Photography (11%), Design and Visual Communications (8%), Commercial Photography (0%), Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences, and recording events and people, via digital, film, still and video photography. Includes instruction in specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, applications to commercial and industrial needs, and photography business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Associates

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences, and recording events and people, via digital, film, still and video photography. Includes instruction in specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, applications to commercial and industrial needs, and photography business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply HTML, XML, Javascript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide Web. Includes instruction in Internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web page design, user interfaces, vector tools, special effects, interactive and multimedia components, search engines, navigation, morphing, e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies.

Job Opportunities:

Web Developers
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Administration & Faculty

President Bob Nachtsheim
Accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 12
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 75 : 25
Percentage of Faculty Members
No Status Faculty 100

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $23,509 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $21,654
$48K-$75K $23,950
$110K+ $29,650

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $18,255, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,255 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,050 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $6,744
Books $3,088 $3,088
Total (before financial aid) $22,393 $29,137

Students Receiving Aid

50% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 83% $6,700
Federal Scholarships/Grants 50% $4,200
Institutional Grants 17% $5,000
Other Federal Grants 17% $800
Pell Grants 50% $3,933
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 17% $4,091
Student Loans 83% $6,700

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.harrington.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.harrington.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/financial-aid-tools/net-price-calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

16% of students graduated on time.

29% of students graduated in six years.

33% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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