Multimedia Design Degree Programs and Schools

Computers have impacted many industries, including those related to entertainment. If you're computer savvy and have artistic interests or abilities, multimedia design training can prepare you for a career in a wide variety of fields, including television and film production, journalism or Web page design. Keep reading to learn about associate's, bachelor's or graduate degrees offered on campus or online. Schools offering Multimedia Design & Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Multimedia design is a broad field of study that encompasses specialties, such as digital video production, website design and animation. As an aspiring multimedia designer, you have a variety of schools to choose from, including community colleges and universities that offer certificate and degree programs.

Degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees
Certificates Certificate Program in Multimedia Applications, Certificate in Multimedia Development
Courses Digital video and audio production, multimedia writing, typography, digital illustration, digital photography, motion graphics, interactive media, animation

Which Multimedia Design Degree Programs Are Available?

Depending on your prior education and professional experience, you may choose to pursue either an undergraduate or a graduate degree. Examples of available degrees include an associate's degree in multimedia technologies with specialization in Web design, bachelor's options in multimedia arts or multimedia studies and master's degrees in technology and entertainment, media or design methods.

Several multimedia design programs allow you to earn at least some of your degree credits online. In some cases, you may complete your entire degree online. Some programs require you to earn satisfactory grades in courses completed on campus before you're eligible to enroll in online or distance learning courses.

What Courses Could I Take?

Specific required and elective courses vary widely according to the particular multimedia design program you select. However, many multimedia design degree programs include classes in production techniques for television or gaming. You may also complete courses that aren't directly related to multimedia design, such as statistics and film appreciation. These courses might also be offered:

  • Web page design
  • Computer programming
  • Production techniques for film
  • Project planning
  • Electronics

What Should I Look for in a School?

The school you choose should be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. You should also have the opportunity to gain practical experience by completing a special project, an internship or similar program during your term of enrollment. These schools offer multimedia degree programs:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Rasmussen College (Maitland, FL)

What Are My Career Prospects?

Obtaining training in multimedia design enables you to work in a variety of capacities, such as creating storyboards for television commercials or creating animation for gaming companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for multimedia artists and animators are projected to grow by 8% between 2016 and 2026 (www.bls.gov). Competition for jobs will be stiff, as increasing numbers of people are interested in this field. The BLS also reported that as of 2017, the median salary for multimedia artists and animators was $70,530.

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