Top Tampa School for Computer Graphics

Tampa, FL, has few schools with programs in computer graphics. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

Only four postsecondary institutions in Tampa provide computer graphics certificate or degree programs. Two of these institutions are for-profit schools. Based on level of study, student population and rankings, the following university is considered a top school in Tampa for computer graphics:

  • Winner: The University of Tampa is the only 4-year nonprofit school located in Tampa that offers studies in computer graphics. While the university does not offer any programs directly in computer graphics, it has programs that provide coursework in this field of study. These programs include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts and the BFA in Graphic Design. The table below reflects degrees awarded in these areas of study.

School Info Chart

Category University of Tampa
Ranking #24 Best Regional Universities in the South (2015)*; named one of the best 379 colleges in 2015**
Location Tampa, Florida
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $25,772***
Computer Graphics Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Computer Graphics Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 15***
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 62%***
Noteworthy Has been included in Forbes' annual America's Best Colleges listing five times since 2008, most recently in 2014****

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **The Princeton Review; ***NCES College Navigator; ****University of Tampa

University of Tampa

  • Combines classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory learning experiences
  • Professional internships available
  • Campus contains 45 on-site computer labs, including a digital video production and media laboratory
  • R.K. Bailey Art Studios provides students with a 30,000-square-foot space for creative work and display

The University of Tampa enrolls nearly 7,300 students and confers around 1,600 degrees annually, as of 2013. The school's College of Arts and Letters houses the Departments of Music, English and Writing, Philosophy and Religion, Communication and Art. The Art Department grants bachelor's degrees in digital arts and graphic design, both of which offer courses in computer graphics and related topics.

Combining computer technology with traditional studio artwork, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program helps students develop creative skills using modern design software, drawing skills and standard computer technology. Courses typically include art history, 3-D design and computer graphics, and elective coursework options allow students to incorporate painting, ceramics and sculpture into their study plans.

Similar to the BFA in Digital Arts, the BFA in Graphic Design program combines artistic studio experiences, computer technology and drawing abilities in a technical and creative learning experience. However, graphic design may offer a more commercially-minded education, and can prepare students to do advertising work in brochures, magazines, product displays and website development. Courses are taken in typography, mixed-media painting, digital illustration and photography.

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