Interactive Media Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Interactive media is usually offered as a bachelor's or master's degree program. General course topics include animation, digital video, Web publishing, game design and portfolio preparation.

Students interested in a careers in interactive media will want to seek a degree that offers training in computer programming, digital media and animation. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available at many schools in the U.S.

Interactive Media Schools

Here are a few schools that offer programs that may prepare students for careers in the field of interactive media.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's & Master's $50,277 (undergraduate), $39,984 (graduate)
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's & Master's $50,665 (undergraduate), $40,625 (graduate)
Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,230 (in-state), $14,230 (out-of-state)
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA 4-year, Private Bachelor's & Master's $34,970 (undergraduate), $35,325 (graduate)
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private Diploma, Associate's & Bachelor's $17,016
Bradley University Peoria, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's $31,480
Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $33,840
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $17,916
The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's $17,592
North Central College Naperville, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's $35,421

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Those who wish to become interactive media designers and developers should take care when choosing an interactive media school. Keep these considerations in mind when looking at programs:

  • People in these careers often specialize, so students should make sure the specialization area they are interested in is highlighted in the program. Specialization areas include game development, music video production, desktop applications and real-time 3-D design.
  • As many interactive media designers and developers are self-employed, students who want to go into business for themselves should choose a program that includes business courses such as marketing, ethics, business law and finance.
  • A portfolio project demonstrates skills to potential employers, and because interactive media refers to digital media, students need to make sure the program they enroll in offers digital portfolio creation for the Web, CD-ROM and DVD.

Interactive media is a broad field that students may train for through a number of different programs that offer specializations in many areas. Because the programs are so varied, students should consider their career goals when deciding on a school.

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