School and Ranking Information
While there are no postsecondary institutions found directly in Sunnyvale, CA, that award degrees in multimedia and digital design, students interested in these subjects can find schools in nearby cities such as San Jose and Saratoga. Based on school type, student population and ranking, the following university is considered a top school in the Sunnyvale area for multimedia and digital design programs:
- Winner: California State University, East Bay is the only public 4-year institution and the largest school of any type by student enrollment that offers studies in multimedia and digital design within 25 miles of Sunnyvale. The school awards bachelor's degrees in multimedia and in graphic design, and a master's degree in multimedia.
School Info Chart
|Category||California State University - East Bay|
|Ranking||Selected as a 'Best in the West' college by The Princeton Review for ten consecutive years, most recently in 2013*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $6,550 (in state); $17,710 (out-of-state)**|
|Multimedia and Digital Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Multimedia and Digital Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||10 (all master's degrees)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||38%**|
|Noteworthy||School hosts student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists*|
Sources: *California State University - East Bay; **NCES College Navigator
California State University, East Bay
- Multimedia and digital design students are offered field trips to galleries, museums and art studios
- The university has three state-of-the-art electronic media facilities and a large graduate lab for multimedia students that is accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
- Art faculty work nationally and internationally exhibited
California State University, East Bay enrolls more than 14,000 students enrolled in more than 100 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university's Art Department offers both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs in a variety of artistic concentrations, including digital graphics and multimedia. The Art Department is also involved with the multimedia graduate program in offering the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Multimedia.
Undergraduate students can earn a BFA or a B.A. in Graphic Design. The BFA may be preferable to students who intend to enroll in graduate school. Both programs require courses in new media, digital imaging, history of art, digital photography and typography. Both programs also require the completion of a digital graphics senior project and a course in professional practices. The bachelor's degree program in multimedia is also available as both a BFA and B.A. program. Students in either program are required to take courses in subjects like digital audio and video editing, animation, history of art, design and digital imaging. A multimedia senior project is also required.
The Master of Arts in Multimedia program is completed over a 2-year period. In the first year, students develop strong technical and creative problem-solving skills in a theoretical learning environment. In the second year, students work with teams in order to produce original, professional-grade content through projects and collaboration. Required courses include multimedia networking, hardware development, software development, multimedia design, multimedia in business and learning theory application. Students are required to complete a thesis project.