School and Ranking Information
There are about five schools in Tennessee that offer digital design programs within 80 miles of Memphis. Based on school ranking and program options, the following is considered the top school in the area for studying digital design:
- Winner: Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, is a 4-year, private not-for-profit university located about 80 miles east of Memphis. This school is regionally ranked in the top 20 universities in the South and offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Digital Media Studies.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#12 in Regional Universities (South) (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$28,190*|
|Digital Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's**|
|Digital Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||9**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||64%**|
|Noteworthy||Communication arts students, including those studying digital design, can study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center or the Washington Journalism Center|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
- Union University is affiliated with the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools
- State-of-the-art digital media studies laboratory with 16 computers
- Multiple communication arts, computer science, and art student organizations, such as the school newspaper and Digital Media Studies Society, allow students to network and gain digital design experience
Union University is a Christian liberal arts school located in the small city of Jackson, Tennessee. Union also has extension campuses in Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. Union's eight colleges, schools and institutes offer programs in education, nursing, pharmacy and theology, to name a few. Students interested in studying digital design can enroll in the digital media studies bachelor's degree program through the College of Arts and Sciences.
Three Union University departments - the Computer Science Department, the Art Department and the Communication Arts Department - come together to offer the digital media studies degree program. Students can pursue a digital media degree with a concentration in one of these three department areas. The primary purpose of this degree program is to provide students with the technical, creative and communication skills necessary to work in the field of digital multimedia.
In addition to core digital design courses, students pursuing the B.S. degree complete at least 18 general education credit-hours in subjects like mathematics and science. Students pursuing the B.A. complete 18 general credit-hours in subjects like communication, English, history, arts or music.