Milwaukee Digital Media Programs
Students who're interested in digital media will find a few schools located both downtown and in the surrounding Milwaukee area that offer undergraduate-level training in the field. To explore the options, take a look at the required courses at three colleges and then review a table of stats on the institutions.
- Situated in Mequon about 18 miles from central Milwaukee, Concordia University - Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit school offering digital media courses through its mass communication bachelor's degree.
- Students interested in a more affordable course of study will find that Milwaukee Area Technical College offers an associate degree program in media and creative arts. The campus is situated right in the downtown area.
- The University of Wisconsin - Parkside, located roughly 28 miles from downtown Milwaukee, offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design as well as a minor option.
Comparison of Schools
Take a look at this table to find out more about the profiled colleges. The schools' differing campus settings, school types, acceptance rates and, of course, tuition rates could affect your choice on where to attend.
|Concordia University - Wisconsin||Milwaukee Area Technical College||University of Wisconsin - Parkside|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,288*||14,012*||4,277*|
|Campus Setting||Large Suburb||Large city||Midsize suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$28,600*||$4,491 in-state; $6,174 out-of-state*||$7,389 in-state; $15,378 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||98%*||73%*||80%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||63%*||N/A - Open Admissions||61%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||82% for full-time students*||51% for full-time students*||73% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||53% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||11% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||34% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Concordia University - Wisconsin
Concordia University - Wisconsin offers a multimedia specialization through its communication program. Students who wish to major in another field of study can pursue the multimedia minor.
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
Students begin by taking a combination of core communication courses. Topics of study include public speaking, journalism and principles of interviewing. Coursework for the major covers such areas as 2-D design, multimedia production and animation. Students also have several opportunities to complete internships.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College's School of Media and Creative Arts offers programs designed to prepare graduates for careers in such fields as web design, television production and animation. Students pursuing its associate degree can take advantage of the school's internship opportunities.
Associate in Applied Science in Media and Creative Arts/Computer Simulation and Gaming
This degree program includes a general education curriculum in addition to technical coursework in such areas as digital media, 3-D animation, digital photography, website development and multimedia scripting. Program requirements also include courses designed to help students build a professional portfolio.
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
The University of Wisconsin - Parkside's graphic design program offers concentrations in areas ranging from animation to web design and illustration. Program curriculum includes both studio and digital art courses, and students can choose to major or minor in this area.
Minor in Graphic Design
Those who wish to minor in graphic design can take 27 credit hours of introductory courses in animation, graphic design, typography and web design. Students also take courses in 2-D design and drawing.
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
Graphic design majors first complete introductory and core courses in 2-D and 3-D design, painting and drawing. They must then have their portfolio reviewed before moving on to advanced coursework. These could cover topics in 2-D animation, life drawing, graphic design, illustration and web concepts. Students must also complete a senior internship to fulfill program requirements.