The College of Visual Arts and Design is considered one of the best and most comprehensive visual arts and design schools in the nation. Its programs include a nationally ranked graduate fine arts program, a graphic design program ranked second in the Southwest, and the state's only Ph.D. in art education.

  • Undergraduate communication design (graphic design) program ranked 2nd in Texas by Animation Career Review
  • Undergraduate communication design (user experience design) program ranked 18th in the nation by Animation Career Review
  • Ranked 10th in the nation for visual and performing arts programs by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine
  • Undergraduate fashion design program ranked 23rd in the nation by
  • Graduate fine arts program ranked 42nd of all public and private universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 
  • Undergraduate interdisciplinary art and design studies (design and applied arts) ranked 8th in the nation for affordability, 49th for veterans by
  • General fine arts program ranked 9th in Texas and 59th in the South by