List of Top Digital Media Schools and Colleges

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Some of the top schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in digital media include Marist College, the University of Washington, and DePaul University. Two strong schools on opposite ends of the country offer digital media study options. Digital media programs develop technical and creative skills while teaching students to utilize elements such as digital audio and video, animation, and web design. A program in digital media prepares graduates to work in areas such as multimedia marketing, graphic design, animation, game design, software development, and Web design. The schools highlighted below were all highly rated by U.S. News & World Report.

Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York

School Highlight: A steel fabrication factory has been renovated into the Steel Plant Art Studios space, and two state-of-the-art digital labs are available 7 days a week.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Marist College tied for 9th on its list of regional universities in the North for 2017.This small college in eastern New York offers a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media program that merges instruction in art history, studio work, and liberal arts. Class study includes digital animation and photography, digital painting, and multimedia authoring. Digital media students at the school may opt to undertake a professional internship.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

School Highlight: A large warehouse space known as the 'Fab Lab' provides electronics design facilities, fabrication shops for wood and metal and machining tools, as well as space for classes and critiques.

The University of Washington (UW) was tied for 54th among national universities for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The school's Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media offers a digital arts minor. The program, which is heavily weighted toward research, is suited to those planning to pursue graduate study. Coursework includes mechatronics and fabrication, digital video, and digital sound synthesis. UW also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Digital Arts and Experimental Media in which students are allowed to design their own concentration. Basic classes in the program cover topics such as sound in space, experimental video, and researching techniques in digital media.

DePaul University in Chicago, IL

School Highlight: DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media, a joint effort of the School of Computing and the School of Cinema and Interactive Media, has undergrad, dual, online, certificate, and graduate options.

DePaul University was ranked among the top 70 best value schools for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design and a master's degree in digital communication and media arts. Students have access to the school's state-of-the-art facilities for graphic design.

Top Programs in Digital Media

Other top schools with digital media programs include the following:

School Name Location Distinction
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Projects previously undertaken in the graduate-level digital media program include theme park ride and animation design, video game Brain-Computer Interfaces, and online non-linear narrative comics
New York University New York, NY The School of Engineering offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in integrated digital media
Ohio University Athens, OH Scripps College of Communications features a 16-seat Mac lab and a 5-seat advanced Mac lab, plus a Games Research and Immersive Design Lab
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Offers a bachelor's degree in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication that allows for concentrations such as digital storytelling, interaction design and sound design, and popular culture
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA The School of Digital Media and the School of Entertainment Arts offer programs including animation, motion media, visual effects, and interactive design and game development
University of California Los Angeles, CA The digital media arts facilities include instructional labs, 8 faculty research labs, a blue screen room, a dedicated fabrication and electronics lab, 25 servers, and a library of graphics software
University of Idaho Moscow, ID Opportunities in the School of Journalism and Mass Media include bachelor's degrees in broadcasting and digital media; the school offers internship opportunities and a digital media club

When choosing a school for digital media, students may take into consideration a school's facilities, program concentrations, and internship opportunities.

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