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.