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Multimedia Technology Degree Programs

Degree programs in multimedia technology can teach you to combine sound, video, digital technologies and data communications into informational and influential pieces of work through courses in graphic and web design. Learn more about available programs, common course topics and career prospects.

What Multimedia Technology Degree Programs Are Available?

Because multimedia technology encompasses a number of fields, colleges and universities often pair it with other disciplines, such as business, Web development or digital media. You'll find that these programs generally are offered on the associate or bachelor's degree levels. Some schools offer 2+ 2 multimedia technology programs, which might appeal to you if you'd like to start out in an associate's degree program but eventually earn a bachelor's degree.

Online programs in multimedia technology are available but uncommon. The lack of online-learning opportunities reflects schools' preference that you learn software and production techniques in a classroom or computer lab.

Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's
Online Options Available, but they are uncommon
Common Courses Web design, database management, graphic design, animation
Career Opportunities Multimedia artist, freelancing in various fields
Median Salary (2018)$72,520 (Multimedia Artists and Animators)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)8% growth (Multimedia Artists and Animators)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Will I Study?

Multimedia technology programs can teach you to combine audio and visual elements, text, graphics, images and animations into Internet-, video- or other electronic media-based projects that help spread information, provide career training or serve any number of other purposes. Subjects common to both associate and bachelor's programs in multimedia technology include Web design, advertising, telecommunications, organizational management, database management, graphic design, 3D modeling, animation, video production and sound recording. You're also likely to study media authoring, programming languages and UNIX operating systems, as well as learning to use flash animation, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Visual Basic. Multimedia technology programs typically incorporate both classroom and lab-based learning experiences, and some offer internship opportunities.

What are My Job Options?

As a multimedia artist, you might find employment with a an advertising agency, publishing house or television, movie or web development company. You also might work for yourself, taking on contract or freelance projects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), multimedia artists and animators could expect a 8% increase in job opportunities in the decade spanning 2016-2026 (www.bls.gov).