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

Degrees Offered: B.S. in Digital Media Studies with Design or Technology Emphasis, B.F.A. in Digital Arts

Tuition Information: In-state tuition and fees are $7,237 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,097 (2014-15)

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Do you remember a decade ago, when there was a painting software monopoly? When there were only one or two really good programs to choose from and no competition at all? It sure is nice being a digital artist today, with tons of new software options flooding the market. With so many to choose from now, which are the best of the newcomers though? There’s plenty names to debate, but Krita’s incredible power and impressive speed is quickly making it my favorite new 2D art software. The fact that it’s free and open source only make it even more exciting!

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Alfred State

Degrees Offered: AAS - Digital Media & Animation, BS - Digital Media & Animation

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Emerson College

Located in the heart of Beantown, Emerson College’s history as a leading northeastern private institution spans more than a century. Its BA and BFA in Animation & Motion Media programs encompass many areas including computer and film animation, visual effects, compositing and motion graphics. Indeed, one of the best aspects of the program at Emerson is its integrated approach to the craft where students utilize a variety of mediums to test the bounds.

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Drexel

Drexel University is a top ranked national university situated in the heart of Philadelphia and home to some 11,000 undergraduates. It also boasts the distinguished Westphal College of Media Arts & Design which couples studio work with experiential learning.

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Wisconsin Visual Communication

Visual communications artists use graphic design, digital imaging, computer graphics, photography, sketches, software programs, and other tools to convey messages and defined ideas. While advertising and publication design are two of the biggest fields for visual communications artists, they are also growing in demand in the interior design industry, industrial design, and software design. So in addition to advertising agencies and publishing companies (books, magazines, newspapers), visual communications artists can find employment at technology firms, interior design firms, and industrial design companies.

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Wisconsin Interactive Media

According to Bradley University’s Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, “Interactive Media is text, audio, video, illustration, photography and animation assembled in a non-linear, interactive format for delivery on the Internet, on digital media, or within informational kiosks and other presentation formats.” Because the field is so diverse, interactive media artists can right in at just about any creative agency, studio, television network, software company, communications firm, and may others.

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Wisconsin Multimedia

The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a simple definition for multimedia artist. According to the Bureau, multimedia artists “create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.” They work in advertising, animation, game design, film and video, graphic design, web design, sound production, and more.

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Viriginia New Media

New media artists use elements of computer science, design, editing, film, photography, reporting, and even special effects to convey messages to specific audiences. These creative, tech-savvy professionals understand that effective message design is the key to capturing clients’ target demographic. Because new media artists play a vital role in advertising, marketing, and public relations, they are in high demand in just about every field.

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Virginia Media Art

Media artists have a variety of exciting careers to choose from. A typical media arts program prepares students for a career in radio broadcasting, advertising, film, television production, and public relations, to name a few. In the State of Virginia, media arts graduates eventually end up in a major city such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake where you’ll find a variety of employment options at creative agencies, production studios, media and communications firms, and more. Just a few options include The Martin Agency (Richmond), LM&O Advertising (Arlington), TriVision Studios (Chantilly), and New Millennium Studios (Petersburg).

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