California Designers: Schools and Careers

Career Information for Designers in California

Fast Facts for Designers in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Ana
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Riverside, San Diego and Sacramento
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Santa Ana, San Jose and San Francisco

Salaries for Designers in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Ana

Schools for Designers in California are listed below.

Selected Design Schools in California

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The Art Institutes system of schools
Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Programs: Graphic Design (AS), Graphic & Web Design (BS), Media Arts and Animation (BFA), more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor
Platt College
Alhambra, Ontario, Riverside

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Graphic Design
  • Degrees: Associate
ABCO Technology
Los Angeles

ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.

  • Programs: Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing, Animation, Design, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate

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  • Programs: Bachelor of Science, Animation & VFX
  • Degrees: Bachelor

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  • Programs: Graphic Arts (BS), Graphic Arts (AAS)
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More California Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Art Center College of Design Pasadena Masters 1,832
Bethesda Christian University Anaheim Masters & First Professional 345
California College of the Arts Oakland Masters 1,613
California Institute of the Arts Valencia Masters 1,324
California State University-Chico Chico Masters 17,034
College of Marin Kentfield Associate 6,476
Folsom Lake College Folsom Associate 8,193
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Mendocino College Ukiah Associate 4,347
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Associate 9,238
Mount Jacinto College San Jacinto Associate 14,197
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Ohlone College Fremont Associate 11,083
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles Masters 1,177
Palomar College San Marcos Associate 27,222
Porterville College Porterville Associate 3,773
San Diego Miramar College San Diego Associate 10,650
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco Masters 655
Santa Ana College Santa Ana Associate 33,514
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles Los Angeles Bachelor 4,644
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco San Francisco Associate 1,031
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley Doctorate & First Professional 34,940
University of California-Davis Davis Doctorate & First Professional 29,796

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Designers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


San Diego 30 $51380 0.48
Carlsbad 30 $51380 0.48
Los Angeles 1200 $68830 4.45
Long Beach 1200 $68830 4.45
Anaheim 1200 $68830 4.45
San Francisco 150 $80860 1.39
Oakland 150 $80860 1.39
Hayward 150 $80860 1.39
San Jose 30 $64940 0.71
Sunnyvale 30 $64940 0.71
Santa Clara 30 $64940 0.71
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