In the state of Virginia, six schools offer bachelor's degree or certificate programs that incorporate digital media coursework. Five of these schools are private non-profit institutions, with programs in communication offering digital media electives or concentrations. One public university also has a bachelor's degree in art and visual technology as well as a master's degree in graphic design. Students studying digital media program may learn how to create and develop digital videos, video games and/or websites. Below are brief overviews of Virginia's six colleges and universities that offer relevant programs, as well as a table showing program offerings and tuition info.
Eastern Mennonite University
A Mennonite Anabaptist Christian institution, Eastern Mennonite University's Virginia campus is located in Harrisonburg. Through the Visual and Communication Arts Department, undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Digital Media. Courses cover Web video production and social media, digital graphics, non-linear editing, Web design and audio production.
George Mason University
A large public university in Fairfax, George Mason University was founded in 1957. Undergraduate students can earn a BA in Communication with a concentration in media production and criticism or journalism. These concentrations allow students to take courses covering visual communication and media management, as well as online journalism and video production. Undergraduates may also choose to pursue a BA or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Visual Technology, through which they can study topics in graphic design, new media art, 3-D animation, corporate branding and editorial design. At the graduate level, the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers a Master of Arts in Graphic Design, with courses covering advanced Web design and typography.
Located in Lynchburg, Liberty University is a large Christian school - it's also the largest private non-profit university in the country. The Department of Communication Studies offers a bachelor's program with a digital media track. Courses cover topics such as mass communication, writing, media business, video production and audio production. Students may also participate in the student-run chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.
This college in Lynchburg is an independent liberal arts school established in 1903 and affiliated with the interdenominational Disciples of Christ. Students can pursue a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in electronic media. Program coursework covers media technology, production design, promotional writing, electronic media production, directing and more. Students also participate in an experiential learning opportunity, like the Donovan Media Development Center practicum.
Founded by Pat Robertson, Regent University in Virginia Beach is a private Christian university. The school offers a Certificate in Digital Media as a professional development program - students earn continuing education credits. Course topics include digital marketing, social media, search engine optimization, graphic design and website maintenance. Classes are offered on campus and online.
Located in Winchester, Shenandoah University was started in 1875, and it is a private institution associated with the United Methodist Church. Students can enroll in a mass communication bachelor's program that covers visual communication, media writing techniques and ethics in the media. Elective topics can include video production, news editing and digital design. An internship is required.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Digital Media Communications Programs||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Mennonite University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media||$37,110*|
|George Mason University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Visual Technology,
Master of Arts in Graphic Design
| Undergraduate - $12,462 (in-state),
Graduate - $15,138 (in-state),
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies||$22,584*|
|University of Lynchburg||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies||$39,530*|
|Regent University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Digital Media||$18,380*|
|Shenandoah University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications||$32,530*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.