How to Choose a Video Graphics School or Course

Students who are interested in video graphics can find relevant coursework within undergraduate and graduate programs related to media and design. Read on to learn more about educational options in this field.

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Video graphics training is available through associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. These programs are commonly offered through the art or communications departments of colleges, universities, and art institutes.

10 Schools with Video Graphics Courses

The following table provides information on schools that have programs that include studies in video graphics:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $20,340 undergraduate, $22,440 graduate
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 4-year, Private Master's, Post-graduate certificate $48,190
Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $42,020
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state
Olympic College Bremerton, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,837
University of Hawaii - Manoa Honolulu, HI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,164 in-state, $31,216 out-of-state
Hodges University Naples, FL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's $13,220
Wilmington University New Castle, DE 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $10,430
Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI 2-year, Public Associate's $4,320 in-state, $6,156 out-of-state
Lone Star College The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Some important considerations for video graphics schools include the following:

  • Because video graphics is not usually offered as a major, prospective students should examine the program's curriculum to make sure that courses and/or specializations are available in their area of interest.
  • Prospective students should make sure that the school has state-of-the-art digital media production facilities, where students can gain experience with the latest graphics creation software.
  • Students may want to find out if graduates of broad media and graphic design programs often find jobs that involve video graphics creation.
  • Prospective students may want to look for schools that have a computer graphics or video animation club, which can supplement formal studies and provide networking opportunities.

Associate's Degree Programs

Students who are interested in video graphics can earn an associate's degree in video production, digital design or another media-related field. Some schools also offer the motion graphics as a specialization within a broader graphic design program. In these two-year programs, students take basic coursework in the artistic and technical aspects of graphics production, and they also fulfill general education requirements. When they finish, graduates are prepared for entry-level media jobs, or they may transfer to bachelor's degree programs

Bachelor's Degree Programs

At the bachelor's degree level, relevant programs are available as Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees. Depending on the school, students may be able to choose a major in 3D Modeling and Animation, Digital Media Art or Digital and Motion Graphics. These programs provide a foundation of visual media-related education, including courses in 3D character animation, videography and web design. Over the course of these four-year programs, students may compile a portfolio of work that can be presented to future employers or graduate school admissions officers to demonstrate their skills.

Master's Degree Programs

Master's degree programs that cover motion graphics give students the opportunity to take advanced courses in the field and hone their media production skills. Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs typically emphasize the artistic elements of graphic design, while Master of Science (MS) programs tend to focus more heavily on the technological aspects of the field. Graduate students may be able to tailor their coursework toward a particular area of interest, such as computer animation, computer graphics programming or video production and visual effects.

Certificate Programs

Relevant certificate programs for students interested in video graphics are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate certificates in motion graphics introduce students to the field through a short series of courses in graphic design, web design, videography and 3D animation. For experienced professionals looking to augment their skills, some schools offer graduate certificates in digital media and similar topics. These types of programs are often available online in order to accommodate the needs of working students.

Many colleges offer video game design programs and classes at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels. Prospective students should look for schools with state-of-the art facilities and equipment as well as job placement assistance after graduation.

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