New York City Schools with Certificate Programs in Media Arts
Students looking for professional courses of study in digital and media arts can find certificate programs at two New York City colleges, which can take 1-2 years to complete, depending on the course load. Once enrolled, students have access to audio or media and technology labs and recording studios with industry-standard equipment and software. Applicants should be aware that the focus varies considerably between the two programs, as described in the school profiles below. Key facts and figures about the two colleges, as well as a summary of area schools offering degree programs in media arts, are also included.
- Touro College, which is located a little over two miles from New York City's downtown, offers a degree program in digital media arts.
- At LaGuardia Community College, located approximately five miles from the city's downtown, students can take courses in multimedia arts while earning an associate's degree.
Comparison of Schools
Use the table below to compare acceptance, graduation, retention and tuition rates at Touro College and LaGuardia Community College. And keep reading to learn more about other media arts programs located in and around New York City.
|Touro College||LaGuardia Community College|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||11,908||19,373|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$18,200||$5,218 in-state; $8,098 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||74%||77%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||74%||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||82% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students||64% for full-time students; 30% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time)||57% for students who began in 2011||23% for students who began in 2014|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Touro College is a 4-year, multi-campus school. Its digital media arts program is one of about 30 program areas offered through Touro's New York School of Career and Applied Studies. The school offers digital media arts students access to specialized recording and production facilities for hands-on learning.
Associate of Science in Digital Multimedia Design
This 60-credit associate's degree program is intended for students seeking entry-level careers in audio engineering or production. Courses cover web design, design studio, and the basics of web page design. Along with learning communication and drawing skills, students will complete a senior portfolio of their digital designs.
LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College is a 2-year, public school conveniently located in Long Island City. This community college is affiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY) and offers an undergraduate program in digital media arts.
Digital Media Arts Certificate
The 1-year certificate program in digital media arts requires 33 credits. Students take courses that introduce them to aspects of producing film and video. They can also select between electives in web development and music audio recording.
Associate of Applied Science in New Media Technology with a Concentration in Digital Media
LaGuardia Community College's associate's degree program consists of 60 credits and covers coursework in multimedia and web design, web animation, video production and film. Students also have access to dedicated lab space that houses editing stations and software applications.
Other School Options
Westchester Community College, which is located about 32 miles north of downtown New York City in the town of Valhalla, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college offers a 3D animation and digital filmmaking certificate programs.
For students who may be seeking undergraduate or graduate level degree programs, Long Island University in Brooklyn is a private, nonprofit school located about three miles from downtown New York City. It has a Media Arts Department that offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art; Master of Fine Arts in Game and Application Design and Development; or Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Producing for Television.
City College of New York, a 4-year, public school located in the borough of Manhattan and about nine miles from downtown, offers a Master of Fine Arts in Film program that includes digital filmmaking.