Multimedia Production Degrees and Schools: How to Choose

Multimedia production certificate and degree programs prepare students to work in professional capacities that include desktop publishing, graphic arts and web page design. Programs emphasize critical thinking, technical skills, communications and information literacy, while encouraging students to use their creativity.

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Multimedia production certificate and degree programs are available through the media, arts and journalism departments at 2-year community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.

Ten Schools with Multimedia Production Programs

Programs in multimedia production, multimedia journalism or digital music production are offered at these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition* (2015-2016)
CUNY City College New York, NY Public, 4-year and above Bachelor's $6,689 (In-state)
$13,799 (Out-of-state)
Albany Technical College Albany, GA Public, 2-year Diploma, Associate's $2,652 (In-state)
$4,792 (Out-of-state)
Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR Public, 4-year Certificate $146 (In-state per credit)
$382.50 (Out-of-state per credit)
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI Public, 2-year Certificate $88 (In-state per contact hour)
$171 (Out-of-state per contact hour)
Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI Public, 4-year Bachelor's $9,620 (In-state)
$15,020 (Out-of-state)
Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA Public, 2-year Certificate, Associate's $1,365 (In-state)
$7,525 (Out-of-state)
Dixie State University Saint George, UT Public, primarily associate's, 4-year Certificate $171 (Resident per credit hour)
$547 (Non-resident per credit hour)
Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ Public, 4-year Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,158 (In-state)
$25,458 (Out-of-state)
College of the Redwoods Eureka, CA Public, 2-year Certificate, Associate's $1,142 (In-state)
$6,086 (Out-of-state)
Emerson College Boston, MA Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Bachelor's $41,052

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) or School Website

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School Selection Criteria

There are a number of factors to consider when seeking a program in this field.

  • Students are advised to select schools that specialize in areas that match their career goals through concentrations in specific multimedia technologies or careers.
  • Schools with more authentic learning experiences provide better portfolio- and resume-building opportunities than schools that don't provide a real-world context for projects.
  • Programs with access to professional-quality facilities, software and equipment are recommended for aspiring multimedia producers.

Multimedia Production Certificate

Students might need a basic familiarity with Windows and Mac computers before entering a multimedia certificate program. Courses are typically taught with a combination of lectures and projects.

Associate's Degree in Multimedia Production

In 2-year programs, students use software applications to produce digital audio and video, 2- and 3-dimensional animation, text, graphics and interactive elements in any combination. The coursework applies digital media principles to advertising, public relations, graphic design and other purposes.

Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Production

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts program approaches multimedia production as a fine art. Another undergraduate option in multimedia production is a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Journalism program.

Master's Degree in Multimedia Production

Master's degree programs can focus on digital music production or on other multimedia concentrations. Students in multimedia and electronic music programs combine digital music with text, image and movement to create multimedia projects. Students might design individualized programs and learn through one-on-one lessons, seminars, group research and interdisciplinary courses.

There are a range of programs in multimedia production, from undergraduate certificates to master's degrees. Program emphases can vary by school, so it's important to review the program curriculum when deciding where to study.

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