Ohio State's Visual Communication Design Program emphasizes strategy and thinking instead of just teaching you to be a software monkey. I had great professors including Paul Nini, Peter Chan, Gabe Esquivel and Chris Murnieks.
From the OSU Design Department website:
We define design as a purposeful, systematic, and creative activity.
The process is purposeful—designers give form to products, interiors, and visual communications, and satisfy the functional, psychological, and aesthetic needs of users.
Design is systematic, as it involves the analysis of problems in our physical environment, and the transformation of findings into appropriate and usable solutions.
Design is also creative, as designers must possess the expertise to create compelling visual forms for products, spaces, and information systems, and to advance applications of new technologies in our everyday lives.
--[OSU Senior Design Exhibition 2008, Me and my visual communication design professor Peter Chan. Posing with my thesis project.]--
--[Trip to Hatch Show Print in Nashville 2007]--