Ames has a total population of 50,731 and a student population of 28,104. Of these students, 27,945 are enrolled in schools that offer design programs.
Ames's largest design school is Iowa State University. In 2010, Iowa State University graduated approximately 107 students with credentials in design.
In 2010, 299 students graduated with a design degree from one of Ames's design schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $18,366 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Ames design schools was an average of $29,586 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,000 for design related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Ames-based design schools, you will have an added expense of $7,277 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,175.
Many design graduates choose to work as designers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Ames, your job prospects are good. There were 3,100 designers working in Iowa and 100 working in the greater Ames area in 2010. The government projects that the number of designers in Ames will increase by 12% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for designers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a designer in Ames is $37,910 per year, which is higher than the average for designers state-wide.
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