Profiles of Digital Media, Digital Video, Electronic Media, Film, Multimedia, & Visual Communications Programs & Schools

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Fairleigh Dickinson University
Visual & Performing Arts Department
285 Madison Ave - M-DB0-01
Madison, NJ 07940 

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Virginia Digital Video

The digital video major prepares students for success in industries such as film and video production, animation visual effects, producing and directing, television, gaming, web and interface design, and newsgathering. A typical program prepares students for careers in these fields and others through an immersive and cross-disciplinary curriculum that consists of courses such as digital video production, motion graphics, digital media, special effects, graphic design, drawing, characters and vehicles animation, 3D modeling environments and FX, lighting, drawing, and character rigging. 

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Digital media is digitized content (text, graphics, audio, and video) that can be transmitted over internet or computer networks. As such, this multidisciplinary field requires the study of a range of areas from fine arts and animation to graphic design, audio and video, game design, writing, and other areas. Because digital media artists have such a diverse skill set, they can find work in a variety of fields from advertising and public relations to animation to web and graphic design. 

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Virginia Media Art

Media arts programs prepare students for a career in film, advertising, television production, public relations, animation, broadcasting, audio production, graphic design, digital art, visual effects, photography, and many others. In the State of Virginia, many media arts graduates live in major city such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake where creative firms, production studios, media and communications companies are plentiful. Just a few options include The Martin Agency (Richmond), LM&O Advertising (Arlington), TriVision Studios (Chantilly), and BES Studios (Richmond).

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Film Schools in Utah March 8, 2016


Utah’s breathtaking scenery alone has made it a popular backdrop for dozens of Hollywood productions. Just a few include The Lone Ranger (2013), The Tree of Life (2011), 127 Hours (2010), Star Trek (2009), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Mission Impossible II (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), and Thelma & Louise (1991). Filmmakers also flock here because the Utah Film Commission (est. 1974) offers an abundance of resources including crew, talent, support services, and access to hundreds of locations, as well as the Motion Picture Film Incentive (MPIP), which provides tax credits for qualifying productions.  

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Digital media is a multidisciplinary degree program that combines the study of fine arts, 2D design, technical communication, imaging, visual thinking, and other areas. Most programs allow students to select a focus area such as integrated digital media, digital film and video, game design, or digital radio and audio, to name a few. As such, graduates of digital media programs are well prepared to work in a range of industries from graphic design and interactive media to multimedia and animation, motion graphics, and broadcasting. 

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Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) is a unique interdisciplinary degree program that “combines the creative production and critical exploration of digital media,” according to the College of Liberal Arts, Department of English at Washington State University (WSU). The program, which “emphasizes a historical, rhetorical, and cultural understanding of digital media,” prepares students for “problem solving and communicating both locally and globally,” says WSU. Because DTC combines multiple disciplines and subjects, graduates will be prepared to work in a wide variety of creative and technology-centered careers. Possible careers for DTC graduates include art director, game designer, graphic designer, social media consultant, internet marketer, editing and publishing, multimedia developer, marketing coordinator, teacher, media producer, information architect, and public affairs.

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ArtFx - Program Profile January 12, 2016

Scope of Program: Created by professionals from the cinema, animation, visual effects and video game fields, ArtFx is well renowned private, higher education school for digital arts and video game training in Europe.

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An introductory note from the editor:  

We started publishing US based regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators seeking advice regarding the "best" schools in the US. The US-centric lists have been well-received, so much so that we now receive frequent requests to publish rankings of international animation schools. ACR staff writer and Social Media Manager Tom Fronczak managed and authored this year's Top 100 International Animation Schools rankings. In preparing this year’s list, we surveyed over one hundred animation schools across the globe. Our end-goal is to give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.  

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Multimedia artists use their technical and creative skills to produce graphic designs, animated projects, text, images, and videos. They typically work for creative firms, production studios, publishing companies, web design companies, game design studios, and other similar environments. Many multimedia artists are self-employed, so they might work for an assortment of clients and in many different roles.

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