Multimedia Courses in Boston, MA with School Overviews

There are several schools within five miles of Boston, MA, that offer courses and degrees in multimedia. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Boston, MA, Schools with Multimedia Programs

Aspiring multimedia artists and designers can use the following resource to compare program options and important school information. Students can find a table with important info on tuition and more below. At the end of the article is a brief mention of one other school in the Boston area that provides training in the use of multimedia.

  • Emerson College, which is located right in downtown Boston, offers two undergraduate and one graduate program in media art, media studies or media production.
  • Located 3.6 miles from downtown, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design has an undergraduate program in interrelated media.
  • Northeastern University, located 2.6 miles from downtown Boston, offers two undergraduate programs in interactive media, each of which leads to a bachelor's degree.

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Comparison of Schools

Both undergraduate and graduate students can use this table to find information about student enrollment and tuition. Undergraduates' acceptance, retention and graduation rates can also be found below.

Emerson College Massachusetts College of Art and Design Northeastern University
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,459 2,064 21,489
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* Undergraduate: $44,832
Graduate: $30,648
In-state undergraduate: $12,700
Out-of-state undergraduate: $34,400
Graduate: $23,400
$49,497
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 76% 98% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 46% 71% 27%
Full-Time Student Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 88% 87% 97%
Graduation Rate (2011)* 81% 73% 87%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Emerson College

This college offers two undergraduate programs in media studies, which lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The BA program provides an interdisciplinary approach to media production. The BFA program allows students who want to study a specific medium to pursue concentrated coursework. A graduate program that focuses on media art is also available. Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program must submit a portfolio.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts Production

This program will explore the theories associated with media arts. Students will be responsible for the creation of a media project and a thesis project. Workshops and practica will also be completed. Areas of specialization can be chosen with appropriate advanced-level coursework.

Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies

Students in this program will focus on visual and media arts with coursework in topics like creativity, art history and media criticism. A seminar in non-Western art, Western art or media arts will also be required. After general education requirements, two courses from the liberal arts will be completed in areas like political science, science, sociology or psychology.

MFA in Film and Media Art

The MFA program is full-time, 64-credit course of study that is meant to be completed in three years. Students can choose an area of study like experimental media, documentary or interactive art. An MFA colloquium gives them the chance to talk with fellow artists, faculty and industry professionals. Graduate students must also complete a production workshop and a portfolio review to help further develop their artistic and technical skills. A thesis project is also required.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

This art and design college offers a degree program in studio for interrelated media, which merges technology, experimentation and art forms into unique studies.

BFA in Studio for Interrelated Media

In this program, undergraduates study a variety of media forms and related technology; the curriculum highlights both experimental and new techniques. Courses include public art, beat research and interrelated media, as well as topics in computer-controlled installations, video techniques and sound performance. All students take part in a weekly studio class for critiques and artist networking opportunities.

Northeastern University

There are two multimedia programs offered at this university, both of which combine training in interactive media with another discipline. The BFA program is designed for artistic students and includes foundational art courses. Students who are more interested in the technical aspects of multimedia may choose the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.

BFA in Design with Graphic and Information Design Concentration

Students take foundational courses in drawing, 2-D and 3-D media and art history. Additional courses include 4-D foundation/tools, typography, 5-D fundamentals and information design. Students complete individual and team projects during their senior year.

BS in Computer Science

This program provides students with a strong foundation in computer science. Students learn about algorithms, object-oriented design, the basics of programming languages, software development processes, artificial intelligence in games, web development, and computer graphics.

Other School Options

Multimedia courses are also offered at Rhode Island School of Design, located 49.8 miles away from Boston's downtown.


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