San Antonio Multimedia Schools
While there aren't any schools specifically offering multimedia programs in the San Antonio area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that most multimedia artists have an education in computer graphics, fine art, animation or a related field. Thus, there are still several area schools that can prepare aspiring multimedia professionals for the workplace.
This article looks at three schools no more than 25 minutes from the city center and the relevant programs they offer. It also contains information on enrollment, tuition, acceptance rates and graduation rates at each school, arranged in a way that makes it easy to compare them. At the end of the article is the name of one more school that offers training for a career in multimedia.
- About eight miles from downtown San Antonio, Northwest Vista College offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in digital media. It also offers an animation certificate.
- San Antonio College, just two miles from downtown, offers certificate and associate's degree programs in communication design.
- Students at the University of the Incarnate Word can earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design. This school is around five miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a college need to consider many factors. The following table showcases important statistics about each school that can help in making the best choice.
|Northwest Vista College||San Antonio College||University of the Incarnate Word|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||16,752*||19,385*||8,603*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,760 in-district; $7,170 in-state; $13,770 out-of-state*||$2,760 in-district; $7,170 in-state; $13,770 out-of-state*||$29,990*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||56%*||67%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||94%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||70% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||60% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*||76% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time)||29% (students enrolled in 2014)*||18% (students enrolled in 2014)*||53% (students enrolled in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Northwest Vista College
This school offers three programs that may interest multimedia students. The associate's degree program is designed for students who want to transfer to a 4-year program or receive professional training. The certificate programs do not require general education coursework.
Certificate in Digital Media
Students in this program can study multimedia development. Technical coursework teaches students to script and design websites. Students also might learn to write for digital media and produce interactive content. Practical work experience and a portfolio are required to complete this 33-credit-hour program.
Certificate in Animation
This 36-credit program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of animation, artistry and film/special effects. Areas of interest that will be explored include 3-D modeling, character animation, the rigging of characters, digital imaging and lighting. Students will also be responsible for a game and simulation group project.
Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media
This 60-credit-hour program focuses on the technical skills used to create digital media and website content. Courses in 2-D design and photography can help students' develop aesthetic abilities, while courses in digital media, digital video and interface design can assist them with building technical skills. Portfolio and practicum classes are required.
San Antonio College
This school offers a Level I certificate and an associate's degree program in communication design. Both programs offer technical and artistic training in new media, and, after graduation, students may be able to find entry-level employment as multimedia artists, graphic designers or digital illustrators.
Level I Certificate in Communication Design
Required courses in this 16-credit-hour program include graphic design, typography, digital imaging and computer illustration.
Associate of Applied Science in Communication Design
This program is comprised of 60 credit hours of general education and multimedia coursework. Classes in illustration, visual design and typography provide instruction on art and design. Other courses include design communication and typographic design. Students also are expected to design a professional portfolio.
University of the Incarnate Word
Multimedia students can enroll in a four-year graphic design major. This rigorous program is competitive, and all students submit a portfolio for review at the end of their foundations year. After completing the degree program, students can look for work as multimedia specialists, web designers, graphic designers or animators.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Every student needs to pass the graphic art core curriculum. Students must demonstrate strong skills in computer graphics creation and digital imaging. They're also required to take courses in art history. Those who want to design websites or print media take courses in visual language, interactive design, typography and web systems. Students also are expected to complete a practicum project and a portfolio class. Minors are also available in areas like art, photography and communication arts.
Other School Options
Relevant multimedia and new media courses also are offered at Trinity University located 4.4 miles away from downtown San Antonio.