Digital Media Schools

Digital media is a popular degree program in the U.S.

Digital media schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in digital media. Degrees in this field can help graduates obtain jobs in different film industry positions, creative digital art, animation and more. Schools with digital media programs are relatively easy to find and prospective students can choose between a variety of schools to apply.

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television offers a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media and a few different master’s degrees that focus on different types of digital media. The Bachelor of Arts program takes two years of study once two years of general studies are completed at the undergraduate college level. According to the school’s website, the undergraduate program is ranked No. 1 in the country by the Princeton Review. Students cannot start college with admission to the program; they apply after getting close to completing two years of general undergraduate studies. The program is competitive and demanding, and seniors must complete at least one professional internship to graduate. Available master’s degrees include an MA in Cinema and Media Studies and a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies. Applicants to these programs must have an undergraduate degree in the field.

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

102 E. Melnitz Hall

Los Angeles, CA, 90095

310-206-8441

tft.ucla.edu

Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design offers a graduate degree (MFA) in digital media. Although the school does not have an undergraduate degree in digital media, many of its undergraduate students in film and graphic design learn use computer programs used in digital media and many overlapping skills. The school’s master’s program focuses on creative digital technology, arts and design. The program attempts to merge different forms of art digitally, including music, visual still art, film and environments that interact with people. Admission to the program is somewhat competitive, and students are usually only accepted if their undergraduate degrees are in digital media, digital arts or some other digital design. The program takes two years, but looks for students with at least four years of education or combined education and work experience in digital media.

Rhode Island School of Design

Two College St.

Providence, RI 02903

401-454-6100

risd.edu

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in digital media. Students in this program choose a specialization of digital interaction, digital animation or digital visualization. According to the school’s website, students take a series of courses in digital media, which add up to either 33 or 36 credit hours depending on whether students choose to write a thesis. They must also create and submit a portfolio during their senior year of school, which must be approved before graduation. The program generally takes four years and the school offers some scholarships for the program.

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City Millennium Center

Johnson City, TN 37604

423-439-1000

etsu.edu