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Digital Media School in San Antonio, TX with Degree Program Info

The San Antonio area has three colleges, all within about 50 miles of the city center, that offer digital media programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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San Antonio Schools with Digital Media Programs

This article explores the three schools within an hour's drive of San Antonio that offer digital media degree programs. It examines each degree program and also includes a table that lists information about the schools that a prospective student should consider, such as the tuition and graduation rate.

  • San Antonio students interested in digital media can earn an associate's degree with a concentration in digital media at St. Phillip's College, a 2-year school about three miles from downtown.
  • Students at Northwest Vista College can pursue certificate or associate's degree programs in digital media. This is also a 2-year school and is about 19 miles from the San Antonio city center.
  • Texas State University - San Marcos, almost 51 miles from downtown San Antonio, offers a bachelor's degree in electronic media.

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Comparison of Schools

This table offers a side-by-side look at pertinent features about each school.

St. Phillip's College Northwest Vista College Texas State University - San Marcos
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 10,514* 15,797* 36,739*
Campus Setting Large city Rural Town
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $2,088 in-district; $5,550 in-state; $10,740 out-of-state* $2,088 in-district; $5,550 in-state; $10,740 out-of-state* $9,348 in-state, $20,268 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2014) 77%* 57%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 73%*
Retention Rate (2014) 49% for full-time students; 37% for part-time students* 63% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 76% for full-time students, 69% for part-time students *
Graduation Rate (2014) 10% (11% transfer-out rate)* 21% (22% transfer-out rate)* 55%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

St. Phillip's College

Students at St. Phillip's College can choose to pursue liberal arts or technical programs. The college has over 85 transfer degrees and 82 vocational certificates. Some of the extensive Associate of Arts degree options include comic book illustration, drawing and painting, design, theatre performance and digital media.

Associate of Arts in Digital Media

The Associate of Arts in Digital Media is a 60-62 credit program and consists of general education requirements and core courses in the field. General education requirements cover topics in communications, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavior sciences, kinesiology and performing arts. Digital media courses include art history, digital art and photography.

Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College offers certificates and associate's degree programs in several areas of study. Academic departments include business and government, English, fine arts, humanities, mathematics, social sciences and physical science. Workforce technical programs educate and train students in areas such as digital media, digital video, game development, 3-D animation, new media arts and new media communication.

Certificate in Digital Video and Cinema Production

Students can gain a basic understanding of digital media and its role in today's changing workplace through this 35-credit certificate program. From the first semester, students have the opportunity to develop, shoot and edit videos. Some of the many required courses include digital composition, business and speaking and cooperative education.

Certificate in Digital Media

The digital media certificate program requires 33 credits. Students complete coursework in digital media writing, interactive digital media, programming and Web design. A portfolio and practicum are also required.

Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media

Students enrolled in this program complete much of the same coursework as students enrolled in the certificate program. However, the associate's degree is 60 credits. Additional coursework consists of general education classes, as well as courses in photography and design.

Associate of Applied Science in Digital Video and Cinema Production

This A.A.S. program requires 62 credits and introduces students to a variety of digital media applications. Students become familiar with digital production, editing, presentation and multimedia projects. Major courses include directing, production management, cinema marketing and sales, 3-D modeling and rendering, digital graphics and advanced film editing. Students are also required to complete a cooperative education experience in film and video production.

Texas State University - San Marcos

Texas State University - San Marcos offers programs in the arts, business, education, communications, health, liberal arts and engineering. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers Bachelor of Science degrees in advertising, journalism, public relations and electronic media.

Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media

This program focuses on digital media and changing media technologies. Courses include television news, video production, electronic media writing and electronic media management. Students also have the option to learn about sports news, audio production and programming. A practicum or internship is also required.

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