Digital Media Schools in Portland, OR with Degree Descriptions

Dec 31, 2018

Portland, OR, Digital Media Schools

Portland students who wish to study digital media have some options available through three community colleges with several locations within a half hour drive of downtown. These schools offer associate degree and certificate programs. This article also includes a table designed to help potential students compare important facts about the schools, such as tuition, enrollment and the acceptance rate.

  • In addition to an associate's degree, Clackamas Community College provides a wide variety of elective courses like digital photography or computer graphics. This school's Oregon City campus is about 15 miles from downtown Portland.
  • Mt. Hood Community College, which offers an associate degree in integrated media, has several computer labs for student use. Students who are pressed for time may also take evening or weekend classes. Its Gresham campus is about 16 miles from downtown.
  • Portland Community College boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including 50 Apple workstations, and offers a cooperative education program. This college offers a one-year certificate program as well as an associate degree program in multimedia. Its Cascade campus is 4 miles from downtown; the Sylvania campus is 9 miles from the city center.

Comparison of Schools

Students trying to decide between these community colleges may want to consider location and size when choosing what's best for their education. The following table compares several important aspects.

Clackamas Community College Mt. Hood Community College Portland Community College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 6,326* 8,680* 28,005*
Campus Setting Large Suburb Large Suburb Large City
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,614 in-state; $12,399 out-of-state* $5,126 in-state; $10,031 out-of-state* $4,088 in-state; $8,840 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 77%* 70%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open Admissions N/A - Open Admissions N/A - Open Admissions
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 57% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students* 60% for full-time students; 83% for part-time students* 67% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014) 21% (23% transfer-out rate)* 26% (15% transfer-out rate)* 15% (20% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Clackamas Community College

The Clackamas Community College Art Department has a two-year program that combines both theoretical and practical courses in digital media. Upon graduation, students may choose to transfer to a four-year college or enter directly into a position as a production designer, multimedia producer or graphic artist.

Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Communications

This associate's degree program provides core classes in general education, electronic culture and multimedia. Students can also choose a focus area in motion graphics and computer animation, Web design, journalism, video production, publishing, music and sound for media or audio and sound engineering. Depending on your concentration, courses may include advanced animation, digital photography and music media. Students have the opportunity to complete a digital multimedia portfolio as well.

Mt. Hood Community College

The integrated media department features four full-time and nine part-time faculty to educate students in four fields of study which include graphic design, video, film and photography. In addition to collaborative courses, students have access to industry-standard software and six production and teaching labs equipped with Mac computers.

Associate of Applied Science in Integrated Media: Graphic Design

Students examine concepts in digital media, Web design, composition and digital applications used for creating products. They take courses in digital publication, typography, digital illustration and general education. In addition to completing media projects or an internship, students learn how to develop a professional portfolio.

Portland Community College

The Portland Community College (PCC) features four multimedia faculty with several areas of specialization, including media, film, fine art and Flash. Students have access to industry-standard applications and technology, as well as real-world assignments through PCC's degree or certificate program.

One-Year Certificate in Multimedia

In this 60-credit program, students delve into multimedia design, authoring and graphics. They are shown how to market themselves in the multimedia field and must complete a multimedia project. They may complete elective multimedia projects and a cooperative experience through program electives.

Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia

Students take introductory courses in multimedia, multimedia design, digital video editing and UNIX in their first year in this program. As they progress through the program, they gain more experience in areas like drawing, advanced multimedia and multimedia three-dimensional modeling. In addition to completing multimedia projects, students have access to the cooperative work experience in order to test their skills in real-world situations.

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