Best School for Learning Digital Media and Multimedia - Phoenix, AZ

School and Ranking Information

There are nearly 20 schools in the Phoenix area offering courses in digital media and multimedia. Based on program offerings and ranking information, Arizona State University is among the top schools in the area. Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus is home to the school's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • Winner: The main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, is ranked 129th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The school's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs.

School Info Chart

Category Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
Rankings #129 among national universities (main Tempe campus)*
Location Phoenix
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14) $9,861 (in-state), $23,654 (out-of-state)**
Digital Media, Multimedia, Journalism Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate***
Digital Media, Multimedia, Journalism Degrees Awarded (all levels) in (2012-13) 385**
Most Popular Digital Media and Multimedia Graphics Degree Level in 2012-13 Bachelor's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 47%**
Noteworthy Features a New Media Innovation Lab***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Arizona State University

Arizona State University

  • The Walter Cronkite School is one of 24 schools and colleges that make up Arizona State University.
  • In 2007, digital media was added as a degree specialization.
  • The Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship was developed so students can create their own projects.

Arizona State University (ASU) is a large, public 4-year educational institution. Total enrollment is just over 68,000 students with over 54,000 are undergraduates. ASU boasts excellent faculty, which includes Nobel laureates, members of national organizations and a number of scholars and fellows. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has one of the strongest digital media programs in the country, with a number of full-time as well as adjunct faculty members who specialize in this fast-growing area of journalism.

Students who specialize in digital media may work in the school's New Media Innovation Lab, helping to conduct research on online media, or in the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, where they can create their own projects. A combined bachelor's and master's degree program is available to high-performing students in ASU's Barrett, the Honors College. By completing specially designated classes and an accelerated course of study, students are able to obtain both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Mass Communication degrees in four years. The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication requires students to take 30 credit hours of journalism, including core value classes, basic skills courses, a multimedia class and an internship. Students can then go on to advanced skills coursework in digital media. All Cronkite students are encouraged to take multiple internships outside the school; at least one internship is required. The Master of Mass Communication degree program comprises 15 months of full-time study and is structured to immerse students in journalism skills. Faculty is headed by national journalistic leaders.

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