Profiles of Digital Design Degrees, Programs & Schools

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I’ve been professionally writing about the game, film, and tech industries for seven years. With a degree in 3D graphics for game art and design, I have seen, studied, and experienced every aspect of the 2D and 3D video game industry. Over the years I’ve seen how no amount of impressive software can replace impressive individual skill, but in a competitive digital world where every artist has to fight to be the best, it’s imperative to have every possible advantage and always seek more experience in new software and techniques. These are the twenty essential programs that every artist needs to consider training in to become the best in their industries.

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West Virginia Digital Art

A painter’s tool of choice is the paintbrush. A graffiti artist uses spray paint to create art. A digital artist or designers uses computer software as a primary tool to create art for video games, websites, installations, and more. While most artists (especially independent artists) work long hours, digital artists and designers have one of the industries most grueling schedules outside of filmmaking. Deadlines are tight and working until 2 a.m. is common. However, digital artists and designers have such a passion for this type of art, that they welcome the challenge.

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West Virginia Wesleyan College

Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphics Design, Intermedia

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $24,870 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,024 per year.

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Glenville State College

Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic and Digital Design

Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $5,860, nonresidents $13,824 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

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Seattle University

Degrees Offered: B. A. Digital Design

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $34,200 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $600 per year.

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McMurry University

Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Multimedia and Graphic Design

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $23,505 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

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Tusculum College

Degrees Offered: B. A. Art and Design with Graphic Design Concentration, Digital Arts

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $20,910 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,794 per year.

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Degrees Offered: B. S. Computer Game Design, Digital Arts and Design with Specialization in Audio Production, Computer Graphics, Digital Storytelling, Production Animation, Web Design and Production

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate residents $2,743, nonresidents $4,115 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $3,498 per year.

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Claflin University

Degrees Offered: B. A. Digital Design

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $13,060 for the 2011 – 2012 school year

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Below is a list of online schools that offer graphic design programs:

American InterContinental University Online
Programs available: Bachelor's (BFA) - Graphic Design, Associate's (AABA) - Visual Communication

Full Sail University - Online
Programs available: Game Art, Bachelor of Science, Game Design, Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science, Computer Animation, Bachelor of Science, Media Design, Master of Fine Arts 

International Academy of Design & Technology
Programs available: Digital Media Production, Game Design & Production,  Graphic Design,  Web Design and Development

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
Programs available: Game Art & Design, Graphic Design

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