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Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design: Media Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #206 (QS) , CO,
The Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (APRD) strives to produce strategic communication leaders who have mastered a design­thinking process grounded in analytical and creative thought.


The department believes in amplifying students’ curiosity, increasing their tolerance for risk and adventurous thinking and encouraging them to look at life and a career with an entrepreneur’s eye for opportunity. APRD is committed to providing students the necessary tools and techniques to think critically, adapt, create and above all lead in a rapidly changing media world.

Every aspect of APRD is rooted in creative problem­solving, be it finding consumer insights and developing strategy, generating ideas and producing ads for various platforms or designing social media campaigns. 

 Graduates of the program are forward­-looking and have a deep interest in and knowledge of diverse cultures both within the United States and throughout the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The department strives to help students acquire the kind of in­depth expertise in at least one area of strategic communication and design that will enable them to generate ideas and solve problems for a variety of organizations, including but not limited to ad agencies, public­relations firms, publishing and design firms, nonprofits, start­ups and personal ventures. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

General required materials:
  • Application
  • $50 application fee ($70 for international students)
  • Essays
Additional Required materials for freshmen & international freshmen:
  • Letter of recommendation
  • High school transcript or equivalency
  • SAT or ACT score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59312 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    28750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28750 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boulder

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Students seeking financial aid are required to apply every year using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Undergraduate Student Loans:
  • Subsidized loans are need-based and do not have interest accruing while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Unsubsidized loans may or may not be based on financial need and interest accrues while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Perkins Loan Program – $5.500/year
Graduate Student Loans:
  • Graduate/Professional Students have an annual loan limit of $20,500 and a lifetime loan limit of $138,500.
  • Perkins Loan Program - $8.000

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