Profiles of Digital Media Programs & Schools

California

California has the highest population of media professionals in the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics combines arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations. The number of professionals working in these fields is a hefty 290,160. Even more impressive is, around 11,350 work in media and communications. Just a few popular industries for digital media professionals include advertising and public relations, film and video, web design, photography, publishing, and museums and similar institutions. Digital media artists also teach and they work in consulting, for non-profit organizations, and for government departments, museums and more.

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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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Virginia

According to the Career Planning staff at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a typical digital media  program offers individuals the education and tools necessary to bring classic media like art, writing, and music into the digital arena. Digital Media as a discipline involves the application of creative and artistic talent as well as technical proficiency in a variety of domains.¹·²· Graduates can expect a variety of opportunities multiple areas of Internet services, electronic media design/4D design, advertising, education, and more. Just a few top careers include:

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Vermont

Digital media artist have a wide variety of careers to choose from, thanks to a diverse skill set and high demand for top talent. Digital media artists are in high demand in the areas of Internet, electronic media design/4D design, education, and more. Just a few popular job titles include web caster, web designer, animator, motion graphics designer, interactive media artist, multimedia artist, and technology instructor.

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Texas Digital Media

Digital media artists can do almost anything! Thanks to training in multiple disciplines, the average digital media artist will fit in at any advertising agency, public relations firm, graphic design company, web design studio, art gallery, film and video production studio, and more.

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Tennessee

Digital media artists work in fields such as advertising, graphic design, and web design. In the state of Tennessee, particularly in principal cites such as Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, aspiring digital media artists can be found working at creative agencies, publishing houses, design firms, or in other creative environments. In addition to a variety of creative agencies, the Tennessee is home to a number of top-rated training programs for aspiring digital media artists.

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Rhode Island

Although it is one of the nation’s smallest states in population and size, Rhode Island is big when it comes to art and culture. The nation’s 43rd largest state is home to a large collection of art museums and more than 6,000 salaried artists and designers. Hundreds of freelance artists call Rhode Island home as well, and many reside in creative centers such as Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket. Whether salaried or freelance, Rhode Island’s diverse community of artists does its part to help beautify the state by creating colorful murals, striking sculptures, and eye-catching facades. These inventive individuals are also charged with erecting edgy exhibits for the state’s exceptional collection of art museums and centers.

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Memphis College of Art (MCA) prides itself on a rigorous curriculum in an intimate setting, and for nearly a century it has been a premier art college in the nation’s Mid-South region. With both undergraduate and graduate programs, the school’s focus remains on cultivating well-rounded artists. Recently expanding into the digital arts with BFAs in both Animation and Digital Media, students take ample foundational work to cultivate their creative voice while learning the production ropes.

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