Digital Media Production Courses in Tampa, FL with Degree Info

There are at least eight schools near Tampa, FL, that have digital media production courses. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info at three schools within 10 miles of the city center, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Tampa Schools with Digital Media Production Courses

Schools in the Tampa area provide students with several options for studying digital media production. This article looks at three schools that are all within 20 minutes of the downtown area and that provide a great variety of degree programs in various areas of digital media. This article examines degree programs at various levels at these schools. Additionally, information including tuition, enrollment, graduation rates and acceptance rates at each school is presented in a table that prospective students may find useful. At the end of the article are some facts about other Tampa-area schools that offer courses in digital media production and related fields.

  • Individuals looking to attend classes along with a large student body at a public university can consider the University of South Florida, which is about 10 miles from downtown Tampa. It offers two bachelor's degree programs and a master's program in studio art.
  • Those wanting to attend a community college that offers cheaper tuition prices than a university can find relevant options at Hillsborough Community College, approximately five miles from downtown. This school offers several certificate and associate's degree programs in various specialty areas of digital media, such as Web production and digital television.
  • Students interested in a private institution with a much smaller student enrollment may appreciate the University of Tampa. This school, less than a mile from the heart of Tampa, offers a bachelor's degree in digital arts and graphic design as well as a bachelor's program and a minor option in new media production.

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Comparison of Schools

Students should be aware of many factors when considering a school. The following table presents important information about these three institutions in a format that makes it simple to compare them.

University of South Florida Hillsborough Community College University of Tampa
School Type Public, 4-year university Public, 2-year community college Private, non-profit, 4-year university
Total Enrollment (2014) 41,938* 27,298* 7,683*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $6,410 in-state; $17,324 out-of-state* $2,506 in-state, $9,111 out-of-state* $27,044*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014) 97%* 84%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014) 53%* NA 52%
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 89% full-time, 68% part-time* 61% full-time, 50% part-time* 72% full-time*
Graduation Rate (students who began in fall 2008 to 2011) 67% (6% transfer-out rate)* 29% (14% transfer-out rate)* 62%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of South Florida

The School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida emphasizes research and creative endeavor in new media and technology in addition to conventional methods. Within the school, there are 23 teaching and research faculty members and four visiting and adjunct faculty members.

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Admission into the studio art major requires a portfolio review. Students must also complete specific art classes before applying, including drawing and art history survey. Once accepted, students in both programs start out with foundational art classes, such as visual arts history and basic and intermediate drawing. Students can choose the video, animation, and digital arts concentration and take classes that teach them about digital media, animation, video, and 3-D modeling. Specific classes may include video, animation, and digital arts; 2-D animation; 3-D animation; and digital modeling. One of the main differences between the BA and the BFA program is that BFA students are required to complete a thesis project in order to graduate.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

To gain acceptance into this MFA program, students must have bachelor's degrees with qualifying grades in all upper-level coursework or a graduate degree and pass a portfolio review. Once accepted, students spend three years of full-time study completing this 60-credit degree program. This interdisciplinary program is designed to allow students to enroll in classes across the university, but some required classes are included. Students study independently with faculty members of their choice. In the fourth semester, students must present a project proposal. At the end of the program, students present their projects in an exhibition.

Hillsborough Community College

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) has several campuses, including a Dale Mabry campus, Ybor City campus, Plant City campus, and Brandon campus. HCC offers Associate of Science degree programs in technical fields, Associate of Arts programs that are designed to transfer to 4-year programs and Associate of Applied Science programs for students who want to enter the workforce after graduating. The school also offers technical and college credit certificate programs and technical training diploma programs. Credits from many of the diploma and certificate programs, including those related to digital media, can transfer to the school's associate's degree programs.

Certificate in Digital Media/Multimedia Production

Students must take five classes for a total of 15 credits in order to earn this certificate. Classes include multimedia authoring, multimedia graphic design, digital audio/video design, digital animation design, and presentation systems.

Certificate in Digital Media/Multimedia Video Production

Students in this certificate program prepare for entry-level careers as video editors or videographers. The four classes that students must take cover digital animation design, digital video/audio design, multimedia graphic design, and the fundamentals of computers and technology.

Certificate in Digital Media/Multimedia Web Production

This program is designed for students wanting to obtain entry-level careers in web production. This 15-credit program includes classes in HTML, digital audio/visual design, digital animation design, multimedia graphics design, and scripting.

Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science in Digital Media/Multimedia Technology

Students must complete 64 credits, including 15 credits in general education, in order to complete this degree program. Two concentration options are available to choose from: game design and development and multimedia developer. In the game design and development track, coursework includes multimedia authoring, digital audio/video design, digital animation design, and game development and design. The multimedia developer track includes classes in presentations systems, multimedia authoring, web scripting, and educational technology.

Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science in Digital Television and Media Production

In this 64-credit program, students must take 18 credits of general education classes. Required courses for the major include multimedia graphics design, digital animation design, multimedia authoring, broadcast news, radio production and programming, and television studio production. The curriculum also includes two internships in radio/television as well as offering a broadcast practicum.

University of Tampa

Students can choose from 21 degree and eight certificate programs, as well as 11 minors, within the College of Arts and Letters' seven departments. The Art Department houses the digital arts and new media production programs. Ten faculty members are employed in the Art Department.

Minor in Digital Arts

Degree-seeking students who want to minor in digital arts must complete a total of 24 credits. All students must take introductory digital arts, introductory 3-D animation, and art and technology for a total of 12 credits. Students also choose three of the four electives: advanced digital arts, online production, advanced 3-D animation, and physical computing.

Minor in New Media Production

There are eight required courses to earn a minor in new media production. Students learn about beginning and advanced digital arts; sound, image and motion; creative writing; application development; music; and mass media and society.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and Graphic Design

In this BFA program, students learn to creatively use computers through studio training. Students learn the most up-to-date software programs and study such topics as computer graphics, 3-D animation, art history, digital imaging, digital illustration, and art and technology. A portfolio review is required at the start of the junior year. Internship opportunities are available to interested students.

Bachelor of Arts in New Media Production

This BA program incorporates concepts in information technology management, art, music, communication, and writing. Students learn to create applications for various media platforms, including the Internet. All students must take 16 specific classes, which include digital imaging, digital arts, application development, creative writing, and world music. Students can also choose from four concentration areas: communication, information technology management, English and writing, or music.

Other School Options

About 20 miles outside of Tampa in Clearwater, FL, St. Petersburg College has several digital media production programs, including a certificate or Associate of Science (AS) degree in digital graphic design, digital media technology production, digital video production, interactive web or video game foundations. Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL, which is about 45 miles from Tampa, also offers digital media technology programs where students can earn AS degrees or certificates. Both the degree and certificate programs offer specialization areas in web production, graphic design and digital video production.

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