Top Schools with Media Arts Degrees

Fnd out which top schools offer degree programs in media arts. Learn about the academic options at four leading universities, and find out what's unique to other schools in the U.S. with media arts programs.

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Students interested in an undergraduate or graduate program in media arts can find them at some of the country's top schools, including the University of California, the University of Arizona, the University of Tampa, and California College of the Arts.

At the four schools featured, which include two public research and one regional university, aspiring professionals can earn an undergraduate degree in media arts; a graduate program in the same field of study can be found at the University of California in Los Angeles. Although each program is different, undergraduate courses may include topics in 3-D computer imaging, filmmaking history and video operation. Three are highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and California College of the Arts has current filmmakers, or media artists, as faculty members.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture houses four academic departments, more than 50 faculty, and over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UCLA ranked 24th on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of the best national universities.

UCLA offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Design Media Arts from the School of the Arts and Architecture. Students in this program learn about 3-D computer imaging and techniques for operating video equipment.

UCLA also offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design Media Arts. Graduate students produce a thesis on a relevant topic, such as branding or public art. Additionally, the program gives students the opportunity to work as teaching assistants and collaborate with faculty members on research projects.

University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

This university offers internships and scholarships within its School of Theatre Film & Television. U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Arizona 60th on its 2017 list of the nation's best public schools.

UA offers B.F.A degrees within various departments, including Acting & Musical Theatre, Design & Technology, and Film & Video Production. Undergraduates in the film and television studies program study literary and dramatic film adaptations, which can help them prepare for careers writing film reviews or programming for film festivals. Students in the production program learn about the creative and legal aspects of film and television. Qualified graduates may find positions in production houses and studios.

University of Tampa in Tampa, FL

This university offers students the opportunity to engage in resources, such as computer labs, a radio station, and equipment like video cameras and editing suites. The University of Tampa was ranked 21st among colleges in the southern region of the country on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list.

UT offers a B.A. in Film and Media Arts program designed to prepare students for careers in the film industry. Once enrolled, students learn about the history of filmmaking and have the opportunity to produce their own films using UT's production facilities and editing software.

California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA

Faculty members at this school are current filmmakers or media artists. CCA offers a BFA and MFA in film. Students take courses in film production, as well as media history. Internship opportunities are offered through local organizations and artists.

Students have access to a cutting edge facility with equipment for film production and editing.

Top Media Arts Schools

Other top media art schools include:

School Name Distinction Location
Temple University The Department of Film and Media Arts offers study abroad opportunities in England and Ireland Philadelphia, PA
University of Montana Offers online an B.A. and M.F.A. within its Media Arts department Missoula, MT

Media arts programs prepare students to be filmmakers and other media artists. When comparing schools to choose a program, students may consider internship and study abroad opportunities, as well as online program availability.

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