School and Ranking Info
The Philadelphia, PA, area has roughly seven schools that offer programs in digital media, including five private, not-for-profit universities and two for-profit institutes. Based upon its high national and specialty rankings, program quality and cutting edge facilities, the top school for digital media students in Philadelphia is a doctoral research institution with both undergraduate and graduate programs related to this field.
- Winner: The University of Pennsylvania offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary engineering program in digital media design; a graduate engineering program in computer graphics and game technology is also available.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Pennsylvania|
|Rankings||#8 among National Universities (2015);
#10 among Best Value Schools (2015);
#26 among Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014);
#19 among Best Graduate Engineering Programs*
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $45,890**|
|Digital Media Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||96%**|
|Noteworthy||Faculty members include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows and members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
University of Pennsylvania
- Undergraduates have access to the Digital Design Research Lab and SIG Center for Computer Graphics
- Graduate students have access to the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation
- Digital media majors have the chance to acquire real-life industry experience during the summer
- Digital media majors and graduate students in the computer graphics and game technology programs collaborate on animated demonstrations and research
The University of Pennsylvania has an annual student enrollment of approximately 24,600, and yet offers a student-faculty ratio of just 6:1. The university includes four undergraduate and 12 graduate and professional schools, including the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students here can earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Digital Media Design or a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering in Computer Graphics and Game Technology.
The BSE in Digital Media program, offered in conjunction with the university's schools of communication and design, emphasizes the aesthetic, computational and psychological aspects of digital media. Course topics include 3-D and digital figure modeling, algorithms, computer architecture and computer graphics. Graduate students in the MS in Engineering program find out how to use the most up-to-date animation and graphic technologies while learning how to design interactive media and develop products. Students without an undergraduate background in computer science or engineering can expect to spend at least two years in the program, including one year in the Master of Computer and Information Technology program.