School and Ranking Information
Illinois is one of the top states when it comes to employment for graphic and multimedia and digital design professionals, and many of these professionals are based in Chicago. Students interested in studying multimedia and digital design have more than ten schools to choose from; their options range from private art institutes to 4-year public universities. Based on the number and variety of programs, onsite leading edge technology and availability of online options, the following school is considered to be one of the top ranked schools in this field in Chicago:
- Winner: DePaul University is a private, not-for-profit university that offers several bachelor's and master's degree options in multimedia and digital design-related fields. Options include bachelor's degrees in computer graphics and motion technology, graphic design and interactive media. A master's degree in computer graphics and motion technology is also available.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#121 among National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $33,990**|
|Multimedia and Digital Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees|
|Multimedia and Digital Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||349**|
|Most Popular Multimedia and Digital Design Degree Level Awarded in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (285 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||70%**|
|Noteworthy||Visiting Artist Series brings in industry leaders to engage with students in the Cinema and Interactive Design Department|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator
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DePaul University is a Catholic, 4-year institution with a main campus in Chicago's Lincoln Park and additional campuses downtown and in the surrounding suburbs. The School of Cinema and Interactive Design, a part of the College of Computing and Digital Media, awards seven undergraduate and four graduate degrees in areas related to digital media, including computer graphics, animation, computer game development and digital cinema. Many of the courses available through this school are offered online.
Undergraduate options include a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics and Motion Technology for students with an interest in using computers to create graphic images and animation. Students can choose from a technical designer concentration or a developer concentration. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design programs covers both traditional and digital graphic design skills, and students are exposed to photography, animation and drawing. Students interested in multimedia and Web development can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media program, which includes a blend of artistic and technical training while teaching students design Web applications as well as user interfaces and interactive presentations. Graduate students can consider the Master of Science in Computer Graphics and Motion Technology, which is available in three concentrations: visualization, developer and technical director.