Top Schools with Media Arts Degrees

Use the summaries and table below to find out which top schools offer degree programs in media arts. Read about the academic options at four leading universities, and find out what's unique to other schools in the U.S. with media arts programs.

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School Overview

At the three schools featured below, which include two public research and one regional university, aspiring professionals can earn an undergraduate degree in media arts; a graduate program in the same field of study can be found at the University of California in Los Angeles. Although each program is different, undergraduate courses may include topics in 3-D computer imaging, filmmaking history and video operation.

1. University of California, Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture houses six departments, 100 faculty, and over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

UCLA offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Design Media Arts from the School of the Arts and Architecture. Students in this program learn about 3-D computer imaging and techniques for operating video equipment.

UCLA also offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design Media Arts. Graduate students produce a thesis on a relevant topic, such as branding or public art. Additionally, the program gives students the opportunity to work as teaching assistants and collaborate with faculty members on research projects.

2. University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

School Highlight: This university offers internships and scholarships within its School of Theatre Film & Television.

UA offers B.F.A degrees within various departments, including Acting & Musical Theatre, Design & Technology, and Film & Video Production. Undergraduates in the film and television studies program study literary and dramatic film adaptations, which can help them prepare for careers writing film reviews or programming for film festivals. Students in the production program learn about the creative and legal aspects of film and television. Qualified graduates may find positions in production houses and studios.

3. University of Tampa in Tampa, FL

School Highlight: This university offers students the opportunity to engage in resources, such as computer labs, a radio station, and equipment like video cameras and editing suites.

UT offers a B.A. in Film and Media Arts program designed to prepare students for careers in the film industry. Once enrolled, students learn about the history of filmmaking and have the opportunity to produce their own films using UT's production facilities and editing software.

Top Media Arts Schools

School Name Distinction Location
California College of the Arts Faculty members are current filmmakers or media artists San Francisco, CA
Temple University The Department of Film and Media Arts offers study abroad opportunities in England and Ireland Philadelphia, PA
University of Montana Offers online B.A. and M.F.A. within its Media Arts department Missoula, MT
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