Top Ranked Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts School - Torrance, CA

School and Ranking Information

Though there are limited options for students seeking a graphic design and multimedia arts education directly in Torrance, CA, there are many colleges and universities in nearby Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena and other areas which provide these types of programs. Based on rankings and student population, the following university is considered a top school for graphic design and multimedia arts studies in the Torrance area:

  • Winner: The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the few public 4-year schools and the largest in terms of student enrollment that offers programs relating to graphic design and multimedia arts. Students can earn bachelor's or master's degrees in areas of design media arts or new genres, which encompasses studies in digital arts.

School Info Chart

Category University of California, Los Angeles
Ranking #23 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Los Angeles, California
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $12,697 (in state); $35,575 (out-of-state)**
Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 64**
Most Popular Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (50 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 90%**
Noteworthy Graduate multimedia/visual communications programs ranked #5 among national universities (2012)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

The University of California, Los Angeles

  • Design media arts students have access to digital production, electronics and audio editing labs
  • Art department faculty exhibit work throughout the U.S. and abroad
  • Art and design students utilize resources offered in an on-campus art center, gallery and museum

The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university enrolling more than 41,000 students. It offers 125 major and more than 5,000 courses. The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA hosts six degree-granting departments, two of which provide opportunities for study in graphic design and multimedia. The Department of Design Media Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts program. The Department of Art encourages students to explore art-making across mediums, featuring bachelor's and master's degree programs focusing on digital media.

The Bachelor of Arts in Design Media Arts program requires students to complete theory-based and studio courses that emphasize novel ways of interacting with media as an art form. Students take classes in basic aspects of visual communication, such as form, motion, space and color theory, as well as fulfill upper-division coursework that could include digital image creation and manipulation, computer programming in the arts, gaming and network media. Each student also takes department-approved electives relating to his or her particular focus.

In the Master of Fine Arts in Design Media Arts program, students work toward thesis projects with faculty advisory committees and take a range of media courses. Examples of program coursework include geometric modeling, mathematical design techniques and dynamic media. Students may also elect to take courses from other departments.

The New Genres specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Art program explores new technologies in areas of film and video production. Students take hands-on studio courses using digital video cameras, digital audio equipment and a spectrum of software programs. To support the experimentation the MFA in New Genres program hinges on, students and faculty regularly come together to discuss student works-in-progress via group critique courses and new genres studio courses. Participants also complete an art history requirement, critical theory coursework, elective courses supportive of the final art project and a graduate exhibition.

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