Profiles of Digital Video Programs & Schools

As the entertainment industries bring in billions of dollars each year, the list of software that artists have to learn keeps growing longer. Needing the newest versions for each program every year can often prove to be quite costly. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a major 3D animation toolkit that was completely open source and free to use even for commercial projects? As many of you already know, that’s exactly what Blender has been doing for years, and each year it further closes the gap between itself and the most expensive software that money can buy.

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Virginia Digital Video

A major in digital video can prepare you for a career in animation, film editing, producing, multimedia, and many other exciting fields. A typical program requires successful completion of courses such as 2D and 3D animation, digital editing, visual storytelling, photography, audio production, and cinema history. Students must also master industry-current applications such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, Avid Pro Tools, Final Cut, and more. Because digital video artists have such a diverse skill set, they are in high demand in the fields listed above as well as advertising and game design & development.

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Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) is a unique degree program that combines technology, art, social sciences, and humanities “in a critical and creative framework designed to meet individual student interests as well as the needs of contemporary audiences and employers” ( Because this program combines multiple disciplines and subjects, graduates will be prepared to work in a wide variety of creative and technology-centered careers. A DTC degree can prepare you for a career as a art director, game designer, or a graphic artist, as well as multimedia development, entertainment media, print production, web development, technical writing, and content development. Because the degree focuses on art, culture, and technology, graduates may also find work in public affairs, information technology, information management, educational media, and even teaching.

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Cleveland Institute of Art

Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Communication Design, Game Design, Illustration, Technology and Integrated Media Environment (T. I. M. E.) – Digital Arts, Video

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $31,760 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,010 to $1,910 per year.

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At Animation Career Review we have published dozens of articles detailing the different types of degree programs available in animation, design, gaming, and related fields. Each article defines the program, details the typical coursework involved and notes the type of career paths available to someone with that particualr degree. Bookmark this handy dandy list for future use.

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Film & Video

What Does Film & Video Mean?

Film & video refers to the practice of filmmaking and the study of film. Film & video artists are experienced filmmakers, but they are also concerned with film analysis, history, and theory. While film & video artists typically work in film production, they also have the skills needed to work as educators or researchers.

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Digital Video

What Does Digital Video Mean?

The Lycos Tech Glossary defines digital video as the capturing, manipulation, and storage of moving images that can be displaced on computer screens. This requires that the moving images be digitally handled by the computer. A number of popular films have been shot predominantly on digital video. Just a few include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Three Musketeers, Our Idiot Brother, Contagion, Zookeeper, Avatar, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Slumdog Millionaire.

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Digital Filmmaking

What Does Digital Filmmaking Mean?

From indie films to documentaries to animated features, digital filmmaking has become the preferred medium for filmmakers on a budget. But the lower cost to make a digital film isn’t the only difference between digital filmmaking and traditional filmmaking. According to, Digital “video is captured on magnetic tape and scanned back over a playhead,” whereas “film can become as large as the distance from projector to screen (determined somewhat by the strength of the projector) allows.”

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Bloomfield College

Degrees Offered: B. A. Creative Arts and Technology (CAT) with Concentration in Animation, Digital Video, Game Development, Graphics for Print and Digital Media or Interactive Multimedia and the World Wide Web

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $22,500 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,200 per year.

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Degrees Offered: B. A. Animation, Video/Digital art, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. A. Art, Studio Art Option with Video/Digital Art Concentration; Visual Communication Option with Illustration or Video/Digital Art Concentration; M. F. A. Art, Studio Art Option with Video/Digital Art Concentration; Visual Communication Option with Illustration, Video/Digital Art Concentration or Graphic Design Concentration

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate in-state $5,076, non-residents $14,004 (12 units per semester); graduate in-state $6,060, non-residents $14,988 (12 units per semester) for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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