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Top Ranked School for Learning Multimedia - San Jose, CA

Four schools in the San Jose, CA, area have top ranking multimedia programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for multimedia, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

There are no schools located directly in San Jose, CA, that offer multimedia programs; however, a few colleges and universities in the area do award degrees in this subject. Based on ranking, student population and level of study available, the following university is considered a top school in the San Jose area for multimedia studies:

  • Winner: California State University - East Bay is the largest school in terms of student enrollment to offer a multimedia degree program within a 50-mile radius of San Jose, CA. It is also the only public postsecondary institution in the area to provide this type of program. Students can earn a master's degree in this field of study.

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*
Location Hayward, California
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Graduate: $7,816 (in state); $18,976 (out-of-state)**
Multimedia Degrees Offered Master's
Multimedia Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 10**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 38%**
Noteworthy Multimedia program is the only master's degree program in multimedia in California*

Sources: *California State University - East Bay; **NCES College Navigator

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California State University - East Bay

  • Evening classes available
  • Combines classroom lectures and seminars with hands-on learning experiences
  • Multimedia students have access to the Business and Technology Center, which features modern production suites, a plasma wall and a building gallery

California State University - East Bay, or Cal State East Bay, is one of California State University's 23-campus system locations. This public school is located about 20 miles away from San Jose near the San Francisco Bay Area. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs to more than 14,000 students per year. The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences features a 2-year interdisciplinary multimedia graduate program.

During the first year of the Master of Arts in Multimedia program, students are expected to gain a theoretical background in interactive technology and technical media skills. The second year requires students to focus the bulk of their energies on a large-scale, interactive multimedia project. Some specific course topics offered in the 52-credit-hour program include principles of digital multimedia, multimedia hardware and network development, multimedia software development, multimedia business and marketing and project development. Students must devote several hours to planning and developing their thesis projects, which must be submitted before a program committee along with a written thesis paper.


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