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.
Just a few job titles for interactive media artists are web designer, interactive media coordinator, instructional designer, interactive application designer, media consultant, corporate communications specialist, and 3D animator. In the State of Wisconsin, aspiring artists can find employment in these areas and others throughout the state. Just a few options include Raven Software (Middleton), Hanson Dodge Creative (Milwaukee), WBAY TV (Green Bay), Lakeland Creative (Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay),Tilt Media (Madison), Jigsaw Creative (Milwaukee), and Laughlin Constable (Milwaukee, Chicago, New York).
In addition to a variety of employment opportunities in this unique field, Wisconsin is home to a number of top-tier schools that offer solid training programs for aspiring artists of all kinds. This includes interactive media artists. Just a few of the state’s best schools for aspiring artists include Carroll University of Waukesha, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Viterbo University of La Crosse, and the entire University of Wisconsin system. Continue reading to find out which schools offer interactive media programs and where to find them.
Wisconsin Interactive Media Schools
The State of Wisconsin is home to 84 Title IV colleges and universities. More than 300,000 students attend, with thousands enrolled in the state’s top art and design schools alone. Continue reading to review Wisconsin’s best schools for aspiring interactive media artists and what they have to offer.
University of Wisconsin Stout - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Art, Comic and Sequential Art, Digital Cinema, Entertainment Design, Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Studio Art with Drawing, Printmaking Emphasis; B. S. Game Design and Development, Graphic Communication Management, Professional Communication and Emerging Media; M. F. A. Design; Minor Art, Applied Photography
Alverno College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Studio Art Focus, Interactive Media Design; B.S. Computing and Information Technology with Interactive Media Design (IMD) Focus; Minor in Creative Arts
More Wisconsin Interactive Media related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for Wisconsin Interactive Artists
According to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 29, 2012) Wisconsin is home to 32,900 salaried artists and designers, up from 31,040 in 2002. Interactive media artists are part of this group. The average salary for the artists and designer group is $42,470 per year, up from $34,740 in 2002.
It is important to note that salaries vary greatly by field. The information below will give you a good idea of what to expect in several top fields for interactive media artists.
Art Directors: Wisconsin is home to 520 art directors up from 340 in 2002. They average $68,850 per year, up from $56,540 in 2002.
Multimedia Artists and Animators: Wisconsin is home to 430 salaried multimedia artists and animators, down slightly from 480 in 2002. They average $47,990 per year, up from $42,460 in 2002.
Film & Video: Wisconsin-based film & video editors average $46,120 per year, up from $40,200 in 2002. Employment has increased as well. In 2002, Wisconsin was home to 120 salaried film & video editors. Today, the state is home to 180 salaried editors.
Graphic Designers: In 2002, Wisconsin was home to 3,450 graphic designers with an average salary of $37,290. Today, the state is home to 4,320 salaried graphic designers with an average salary of $42,320.
Media and communications workers average $45,760 per year, and web designers & developers average $67,270 per year. Across the U.S., more than 1.7 million salaried artists and designers work in all fields from A-Z. In 2002, the U.S. was home to 1.5 million salaried artists and designers. Salaries have increased as well. The mean annual wage for salaried artists and designers is $53,850, up from $41,660 in 2002.
As stated, employment opportunities for interactive media artists can be found across the state. However, some of the best opportunities can be found in principal cities. These include Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Janesville, and West Allis. It is important to note that Milwaukee-Racine–Waukesha Metropolitan area is the largest and most progressive area in the state.