Profiles of Digital Media Programs & Schools

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Oregon

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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Tennessee

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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Washington

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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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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Pennsylvania

The digital media major is a multidisciplinary degree program that covers areas such as 2D design, fine arts, imaging, technical communication, visual thinking, and more. Most programs allow students to concentrate in a specific area as well such as digital film and video, integrated digital media, digital radio and audio, game design, and many others. As such, digital media graduates are well equipped to work in a variety of industries such as multimedia and animation, graphic design, motion graphics, interactive media, and broadcasting. 

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North Carolina

Digital media is a multidisciplinary degree that covers areas such as visual thinking, 2D design, imaging, visualization, technical communication, fine arts, and more. Some programs offer concentrations in areas such as digital visualization, digital animation and digital interaction and game design. As such, graduates will have the skills needed to work in a variety of industries from advertising and public relations to animation and television and film. In North Carolina, and across the U.S., these skills are in high demand. 

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Digital Media Schools in New York

Digital media is digitized content such as audio, video, graphics, and text that can be transmitted over the Internet or computer networks, according to Businessdictionary.com. This means, digital media artists can find work in a wide variety of fields such as advertising, animation, public relations and marketing, film and video, radio and television broadcasting, gaming, graphic design, publishing, web design, photography, education, consulting, non-profit, government, museums, and more.

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Digital Media Schools in Florida

Digital media is digitized content such as audio, video, graphics, and text that can be transmitted over the Internet or computer networks (businessdictionary.com). Aspiring artists in this field work in exciting industries such as advertising, film, gaming, public relations, graphic design, publishing, web design, and photography. Other areas of interest for digital media artists include teaching, consulting, non-profit/foundations, digital art, government, and museums. 

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Digital Media Schools in Texas September 16, 2015

Texas Digital Media

Digital media integrates art and design with technology. Students wishing to enter this field will study mass media, 2-D animation, web design and development, user interface design, writing for multimedia, and more. Because digital media is a multidisciplinary degree, graduates have the skills needed to work in graphic design, editing, multimedia art and animation, advertising, public relations, film and video, computer games, marketing, and more. 

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