Sessions College for Professional Design

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Sessions College for Professional Design is a fully online, school of visual arts located in Tempe, Arizona. Founded in 1997 in New York City, Sessions College offers degree and certificate programs in a wide range of creative subject: graphic design, web design, digital media, illustration, among many more. Accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since 2001, Sessions College is recognized as both a pioneer and leader in online education: the first accredited online school of design.

The mission of Sessions College is to prepare art and design professionals by providing the highest quality of online arts education. The school’s goal is to prepare students for careers in art and design by providing a thorough training in the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills required for professional practice. Classes are taken entirely online, with students enjoying 1-to-1 feedback from a faculty of more than 30 art and design professionals. The curriculum is project-based and geared to help students build a high-quality portfolio of creative work.

Program offerings range from vocational certificate programs to the school’s flagship 2-year Associate of Occupational Studies program that provides a thorough training for the design industry. Available majors for degree programs include Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Illustration, and Advertising Design. By studying online at Sessions College, students enjoy the benefits of affordable tuition, flexible schedules, and no required textbooks. All course content is delivered in the online learning environment, so you can study wherever you are.


Sessions College has a commitment to helping you finance your education. A range of institutional scholarships are available for adult learners in the Designed For You scholarship program, with award categories ranging from “First in my Family” to “Career Changer” and “24/7 Parent.” Federal Financial Aid is available for eligible Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificate students, and no-interest institutional payment plans can make monthly payments affordable.

In over a decade, Sessions College has graduated many thousands of students from more than 80 countries, resulting in a truly diverse and international culture and student body. Visit our Web site to see student work and discover our student and graduate profiles. You’ll find out why Sessions College was listed as a top design school1, a best online college2, and a best value school3, in 2014.


Sessions College for Professional Design offers an exciting selection of Degree and Certificate programs.

Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificates are available in the following areas. Classes start in the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Digital Media
  • Illustration
  • Advertising Design

Vocational certificate programs for adult learners are available in the following areas. Classes start monthly.

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia
  • Digital Arts
  • Marketing Design
  • Fine Arts


Online admissions at Sessions College are a fast and convenient process:

1. Associate Degree applicants must provide transcripts, an essay, and 5-10 samples of art (such as drawing, design, or photography). SAT and ACT not required.

2. Certificate Programs are open admissions; students are required to have graduated high school, or passed GED, or equivalent.

Accreditation and Approval

Sessions College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and accredited at the certificate program level by Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Sessions College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

General Information

Admission Office
350 S. Mill Avenue, Suite B-104,
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 212-1704
Main Address
350 S. Mill Avenue, Suite B-104
Tempe, AZ 85281


Sessions College for Professional Design Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(480) 212-1704
Type of School:2-year, Private for-profit
Apply Online:
Address:51 West 3rd St, Suite E-301, Tempe, AZ 85281
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:114
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:0 (0% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,100
Out-of-state Tuition:$8,100
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$3,756

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Sessions College for Professional Design Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Sessions College for Professional Design.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Visual and Performing Arts44
Grand total66

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Sessions College for Professional Design and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$0

Graduate Student Tuition

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Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid15100%
Grant or scholarship aid15100%$3,756
Student loan aid1067%$4,907

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid5948%$3,528
Federal student loans7258%$7,897

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Sessions College for Professional Design. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Sessions College for Professional Design students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Sessions College for Professional Design Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment114
Undergraduate enrollment114
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Sessions College for Professional Design Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission

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    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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