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 two 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 two miles from the heart of Tampa, offers a bachelor's degree and a minor in graphic design as well as a bachelor's program and a minor option in new media production.
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||The University of Tampa|
|School Type||Public, 4-year university||Public, 2-year community college||Private, non-profit, 4-year university|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||43,540*||27,626*||8,895*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$6,410 in-state; $17,324 out-of-state*||$2,506 in-state, $9,111 out-of-state*||$28,426*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||89%*||76%*||96%*|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)||45%*||NA||53%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||90% full-time, 77% part-time*||63% full-time, 49% part-time*||78% full-time, 100% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in fall 2011 to 2014)||71% (6% transfer-out rate)*||30% (13% transfer-out rate)*||60%*|
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 two visiting and adjunct faculty members.
Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
Students in both programs start out with foundational art classes, such as visual arts history and basic and intermediate drawing. Students can choose to concentrate in electronic and digital media or video. 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 in Digital Media/Multimedia Technology
Students must complete 60 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 programming logic.
Associate in Science in Digital Television and Media Production
In this 60-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.
The University of Tampa
Students can choose from 21 degree and eight certificate programs within the College of Arts and Letters' eight departments. The Art Department houses the digital arts and new media production programs. Sixteen faculty members are employed in the Art Department.
Minor in Graphic Design
Students will be responsible for 24 credits in the graphic design minor. Course topics include the history of graphic design, typography, 2-D design, basic drawing and figure drawing. A four-credit graphic design portfolio will also be required.
Minor in New Media
Students also have the option to enroll in a minor in new media. The program covers digital media, creative coding, digital imaging and writing for online audiences. Students will need to complete a minimum of 27 credits to earn this minor.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in 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 Fine Arts in New Media Production
This BFA program incorporates concepts in information technology management, art, music, communication, and writing. Students learn to create applications for various media platforms, including the Internet. Topics include digital media, application development, writing for online audiences, communication, a two-credit professional seminar, a two-to-four-credit senior project in FMX, writing for interactive media, online production, multimedia and installation art, recording and electronic music. Additionally, students will also explore areas like digital illustration, 3D animation, narrative production, experimental filmmaking, and digital imaging. Students can also choose from five concentration areas: communication, information technology management, English and writing, music or film, animation and new media.
Other School Options
About 20 miles outside of Tampa in Clearwater, FL, St. Petersburg College has several digital media production programs, including a digital arts, media and interactive web design associate's degree and certificates in digital graphic design, digital media multimedia presentation, digital media video production and digital media multimedia 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 video production.