Schools with Video Technology Programs: How to Choose

Dec 11, 2019

Many schools, including community colleges, technical schools and art institutes offer options for undergraduate video technology students. Video technology programs combine audiovisual theory with hands-on experience using related equipment. These programs teach the skills needed in the entertainment, production and broadcasting industries.

Some schools offer programs specifically in video technology, although similar coursework is included in film and video production programs, as well as programs in visual effects, animation and multimedia technology. Video technology-related courses include video editing, audio production, lighting, video recording and equipment.

10 Schools with Video Technology Programs

These institutions offer video technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Full Sail University Winter Park, FL 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $24,109 (Undergraduate); $15,235 (Graduate)
Dallas County Community College District Irving, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,770 (In-district Undergraduate); $3,330 (In-state undergraduate); $5,220 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH 4-year, Private Bachelor's $31,136 (Undergraduate)
Delaware College of Art and Design Wilmington, DE 2-year, Private Associate's $25,710 (Undergraduate)
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Lakewood, CO 4-year, Private Certificate, Bachelor's $19,020 (Undergraduate)
California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $49,138 (Undergraduate); $51,210 (Graduate)
Columbia College - Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's $27,176 (Undergraduate)
Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology Orlando, FL Less-than-2-year, Private Certificate Undergraduate $13,950
St. John's University Queens, NY 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $41,760 (Undergraduate)
Madison Media Institute Madison, WI 4-year, Private Diploma, Associate's $14,708 (Undergraduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Students wishing to study video technology should keep these factors in mind when selecting a program.

  • Associate's degrees are just two years in length, but a bachelor's degree program offers broader experience.
  • Evening, weekend or even online classes may be available at some schools.
  • Students may want to look for a school with faculty members who have backgrounds and work in related professional industries; their experience and industry connections could be beneficial.
  • Internships, available from some schools, will build student skills and provide connections to people in the industry.

Associate of Applied Science in Video Technology

These 2-year degree programs require school credits in general education, electives and several major-related courses as part of the video technology specialization.

Bachelor of Arts in Video Production Technology

These 4-year degree programs generally have two of those years dedicated to education in a student's chosen major. Courses cover video technologies and post-production techniques, along with a variety of related subjects.

Choosing a program with video technology involves considering your long-term career goals and the degree level that will enable you to achieve those goals. There are a range of program titles that fit within the scope of this discipline, with focuses ranging from animation and special effects to editing and production.

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