With an overall population of 64,249 and a student population of 10,424, approximately 338 of Portland students attend one of Portland's schools that offer design programs.
Maine College of Art is the largest design school in Portland, based on student population. In 2010, Maine College of Art graduated approximately 6 students from its design program.
A reported 11 students graduated with credentials in design in Portland in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $28,280 per year in tuition costs.
You should also anticipate spending about $2,100 for design related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $9,700 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $31,580.
Many design graduates choose to work as designers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Portland, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 3 designers in Maine were working in the greater Portland area. By the year 2018, the number of designers is expected to increase by 2% in Portland. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for designers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a designer in Portland is $41,200 per year, which is higher than the average for designers state-wide.
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