Media Arts Degrees in Atlanta, GA with Program Descriptions

Jan 29, 2019

Atlanta Schools with Degree Programs in Media Arts

There are several schools in the city of Atlanta that offer degree programs related to the media arts. This article looks at three institutions, none more than 15 minutes from the city center, and the relevant programs they provide. Data useful to prospective students, such as each school's enrollment, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate, is included in a table. At the end of the article is information about a few other Atlanta -area schools that offer related programs.

  • Located at the heart of downtown, Georgia State University (GSU) offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in journalism and film and video. Graduate students can earn a master's degree in film, video and digital imaging.
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is about two miles from downtown. Students at this school can earn a master's or a doctoral degree in digital media.
  • Clark Atlanta University is about two miles from the city's downtown area. The school offers a bachelor's degree in mass media arts.

Comparison of Schools

The following table displays information that is important to individuals who are deciding which school to attend. The format makes it easy to compare these institutions.

Georgia State University Georgia Institute of Technology Clark Atlanta University
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 32,816* 29,376* 3,992*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Cost of Attendance (2017-2018) $9,112 in-state; $23,971 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition & fees)* $15,798 in-state; $30,578 out-of-state (graduate tuition & fees)* $21,892 (undergraduate tuition & fees)*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 76%* 94%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 70%* 23%* 58%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 83% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students* 97% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students; 24% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 53%* 85%* 40%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia State University

GSU is an urban research university with seven different locations in the state. The media arts undergraduate and graduate programs are available through the Department of Communication.

Associate of Arts in Journalism

This 42-credit program includes required coursework and electives in areas like mass communication, the writing of news, public speaking and research in media topics. Creative writing, professional and business communication and opinion writing will also be covered.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media

Undergraduate students wishing to have a media arts career in an area such as camera operation, editing, producing or acting can major in film and video. Students take a combination of theoretical and production-oriented courses. Some of the many classes offered include film theory and criticism, film and TV producing, media industries and screenwriting. Students can also complete an internship.

Master of Arts in Film, Video and Digital Imaging

Graduate students can specialize within the film, video and digital imaging program. Concentrations include critical studies, production and screenwriting. Students in the critical studies track focus on the history and theory of moving images. Those enrolled in the production or screenwriting concentration receive practical training in moving image production.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is part of the University System of Georgia. Graduate programs in digital media are offered through the School of Literature, Media and Communication. Students are only admitted to these programs during the fall semester.

Master of Science in Digital Media

Students enrolled in this master's program complete 36 credit hours of coursework, including a project or thesis. Courses offered focus on the arts and humanities as they pertain to the study of digital media. Students participate in a studio project class and receive advanced training in areas such as interactive design and using computers as an expressive medium. The program also includes a non-credit summer internship.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Digital Media

The Ph.D. program is geared towards students who wish to pursue research careers at an academic or corporate institution. Required courses include visual culture and design, a studio project and a pro-seminar, among others. Some of the available electives include issues in interactive narrative, media studies issues, experimental media and game design. Students also are required to complete a two-part comprehensive exam, a thesis, an oral defense and a full-time residency.

Clark Atlanta University

This university is a historically black college and is among the largest of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member colleges. The university's Division of Communication Arts offers the baccalaureate program in mass media arts. Students who select this major are required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in major and core courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts

All first-year students complete general education coursework in communication and the liberal arts. Beginning in their sophomore years, students select to concentrate in journalism, public relations management or radio-television-film. Depending on the student's selected concentration, courses may include basic news writing and reporting, multimedia reporting, storytelling and writing, public opinion, radio programming and video editing. To further hands-on training, students in any concentration can elect to complete an internship in their senior years.

Other School Options

Located about five miles from downtown Atlanta, students can complete a bachelor's or a master's program in film studies at Emory University. Another school option is Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in Marietta, GA, located about 15 miles from Atlanta. Students at SPSU can earn a bachelor's degree in journalism and emerging media.

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