School and Ranking Information
At least four schools in the Jacksonville area have programs related to multimedia degrees. Two of the schools are 4-year private schools while another is a 4-year public schools. The top school is also a 4-year public school. Based on available programs and rankings, the following school is the top school in the area for a multimedia degree:
- Winner : University of North Florida offers bachelor's and master's degrees in different concentrations related to computer and information sciences. It is one of the top 20 public schools in the country.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of North Florida|
|Rankings||#19 in Top Public Schools*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$6,385 (in-state), $20,103 (out-of-state)*|
|Multimedia Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Multimedia Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||79**|
|Most Popular Multimedia Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||50%**|
|Noteworthy||Part of school's mission is to create an effective support structure through tutoring to help students acclimate***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of North Florida
University of North Florida
- A vibrant hub: many university departments work with the Computing Department, creating a diverse intellectual environment in the labs
- Six computer labs open late most weeknights
- A career liaison helps computing students understand their many career options and find professions they enjoy
The University of North Florida (UNF), founded in 1972, is located on 1,300 acres in Jacksonville. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees in 83 fields of study and 227 concentrations, ranging from accounting to urban studies, through its five colleges.
The School of Computing, a branch of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, provides computer-related training to students at UNF. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences with four concentrations and a Master of Science in Computing and information Sciences with three concentrations for people wishing to pursue a career in multimedia and information technology (IT).
The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences - Concentration in Computer Science is a 120-credit-hour program. Prerequisites include calculus, computer science, physics and science, for a total of 27 semester hours. Students must maintain an average of C or better and have the option of repeating the course if grades are not met. Core and major topics in the program include computer science, computer hardware, data structures, computational structures, artificial intelligence robotics, Internet programming, computer architecture and data mining. Students must prove proficiency in a high-level programming language upon graduation. They must deliver two oral presentations to determine knowledge of presentation and communication skills.
The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences - Concentration in Information Technology requires students to compete all courses in the 120-credit-hour program with a grade of C or better. Students deliver two oral presentations at the end of the program to prove presentation and communication skills. The program is designed to teach proficiency in a high-level programming language. Topics covered in the curriculum include computer hardware, computer security administration, computer networks, data structures, Internet programming, software security evaluation, computer forensics and computer cryptology.
The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences - Concentration in Information Science requires students to choose a minor during the last 60 hours of the program. The minor is chosen from the undergraduate catalog. A grade of a C or better must be maintained in the program. Two oral presentations are given to demonstrate knowledge and communication skills. Topics covered in the program include Visual Basic programming, legal and ethical issues in computing, database systems, Internet programming, database administration and systems integration. Students participate in information systems senior projects.
The Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences - Concentration in Computer Science is a 36-credit-hour program that requires all students to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of B or better. Students are limited to the number of credit hours that can be transferred into the program from outside UNF. Students are required to complete a thesis, and must take the thesis course for two school terms. Topics covered in this program include operating systems, algorithms, intelligent systems, parallel computing, programming language design paradigms, interface design and database structure development.
The Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences - Concentration in Information Systems requires students to complete and defend a thesis. A grade of B must be maintained. A limit of 6 credit hours of outside school coursework can be applied to the program. There is also a limit of 6 credit hours of independent study that can be applied to the program. Topics covered in the course include interface design and implementation, network architecture, operating systems, parallel computing, database structure development, intelligent systems and graphic image recognition.