School and Ranking Information
Within a 50-mile radius of Greensboro, students will find about five institutions featuring degree programs in multimedia. Among these, the best program options include those at Elon University, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Danville Community College, based on program offerings, student services and rankings.
- Winner: Elon University features opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education as well as multiple regional rankings by U.S. News and World Report. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
- Runner-Up #1: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill is ranked among national universities. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs. It is furthest away from Greensboro.
- Runner-Up #2: Danville Community College, in VA, offers certificates and is also far from Greensboro.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Elon University||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Danville Community College|
|Ranking|| 1st among regional universities in the South in 2014*
1st for 'Best Undergraduate Teaching' among regional universities in the South in 2013*
1st for up-and-coming schools among regional universities in the South in 2013*
13th for best value schools among regional universities in the South in 2014*
| 30th among the best national universities in 2014*
5th among the best national public schools in 2014*
|Location||Elon, NC (15.3 miles from Greensboro)||Chapel Hill, NC (42.1 miles from Greensboro)||Danville, VA (39.6 miles from Greensboro)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $28,980 (undergraduate);
| $7,693 (in-state, undergraduate),
$28,445 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
| $3,795 (in-state, undergraduate),
$9,558 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|Multimedia Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's, non-terminal master's, and Ph.D.||Certificate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||83%**||89%**||21%, with a 13% transfer-out rate (for students who began studies in fall of 2009)**|
|Noteworthy||The university's study abroad program was ranked 9th in the nation in the Princeton Review's 2014 'The Best 378 Colleges' guidebook||In The Washington Monthly's 2012 college rankings, 'What Colleges Can Do for You,' UNC - Chapel Hill ranked 4th in the nation in regards to the university's social mobility, research, and public service||The university's Great Expectations program is available to students who have been or are in foster care, providing mentoring services, career planning assistance, and financial aid|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Elon University
- The university is recognized as one of only eighteen universities nationwide with an accredited communications school
- Students have access to a variety of multimedia facilities on campus, including six digital media labs, two television studios, eighteen video editing studios, a digital audio production lab, and a film screening room
- With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the university fosters personalized interaction in the classroom setting
At Elon University, both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in multimedia are available to prospective students. Featuring a concentration in broadcast and new media, the Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Entertainment program is designed to prepare students for creative careers as video producers and videographers, directors, and Web editors. In addition to a communications internship, students complete coursework in topics such as television production, media writing, digital media convergence, and media law and ethics. Individuals pursuing this degree are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs as well as on-campus media outlets, including Elon Student Television, WSOE-FM radio station, the Pendulum student newspaper, and the Cinelon student media group.
Recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the 10-month, full-time Master of Arts in Interactive Media program accepts 36 students per year, helping to develop their overall understanding of media tools and media creation. As part of their degree requirements, students must complete an individual capstone project as well as a domestic or international fly-in team project that is designed to serve the public good.
Runner-Up #1: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- The university is characterized by a strong sense of student satisfaction as indicated by the freshmen retention rate of 97%, according to NCES
- The on-campus media lab is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides students with access to audio and visual equipment and facilities
- Among 2011 graduates, Communication and Media Studies was ranked as the most popular major, comprising 11% of the student population
At University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, students have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in media technology studies and production. This program is composed of a curriculum that develops students' ability to produce audio and visual media through various outlets, including animation and motion graphics, interactive and new media, and audio production. Along with practical experience through an internship, students also gain career preparation through the development of a professional portfolio showcasing their work.
Within the media technology studies and production concentration, students may select the new media option track. Coursework within this degree program includes advanced audio production, interactive media, game design, and motion graphics, compositing, and special effects. Workshops in subject areas such as basic electronics and sensors and motor control provide further training for students outside of the classroom.
UNC's Department of Communication Studies also offers a Ph.D. program in communication studies; doctoral students may also focus on the media technology studies and production area of study. Students earn a Master of Arts in the course of pursuing the Ph.D.; however, the Master of Arts is not available as a standalone degree. Courses in the doctoral program primarily advance students' knowledge of media theory, though production work is also encouraged.
Runner-Up #2: Danville Community College
- The college offers a variety of flexible, distance learning options, including Web-based classes, hybrid courses, interactive video courses, and video-based and DVD classes
- The college's career center provides students with resources such as career assessments, job placement assistance, and workshops to help develop students' writing and interviewing skills
- Students have access to tutoring services from trained peer and professional tutors through the college's learning center
Danville Community College offers a Career Studies Certificate in Graphic Communications, which provides students with the skills and training necessary for careers in the printing industry. Along with familiarizing students with software such as Photoshop and InDesign, this 22-credit-hour program also advances individuals' understanding of printing processes and current technological trends within the industry. Required coursework includes principles of lithography, electronic publishing, paper and ink concepts, and print imaging.
Composed entirely of online coursework, a Career Studies Certificate in Website Design is also available to prospective students. Within this field of study, students learn how to utilize graphics and other media resources in the development of webpages. Students have the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio through completing coursework in topics such as webpage design and site management, client side scripting, designing webpage graphics, and marketing for the Internet.