The terms digital media, multimedia, media art, and digital media art are often used interchangeably. These disciplines are quite similar, so the education path and skills required are similar as well. Digital media artists use digital technology to create images to use in advertising campaigns, film, video, and publishing.
Because of the advanced level of technology used to create images for clients, most firms prefer a bachelor?s degree or higher in fine art, digital art, multi-media art or other related field. Fortunately, most digital art degree paths are easy to follow by enrolling in one of 300 NASAD accredited schools that offer these programs.
While NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, accredits most of the nations top art and design programs, other accrediting agencies do exist. Like NASAD, these agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition to NASAD, digital media degree programs may be accredited by the Council for Interior Design; The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC); The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Visit the U.S. Department of Education website at for a list of other accrediting agencies.
Accredited digital media degree programs will have a number of things in common. They will have similar course requirements, admissions requirements, and internship opportunities. An accredited digital media degree program will require successful completion of:
* 3D Imaging * Adobe InDesign * Advanced Digital Media * Communication and Technology * Digital Arts: Culture * Theory, and Practice * Digital Media * Digital Printmaking * Digital Synthesis and Systems * Document Design * Entertainment Arts * Imaging and Mixed Media * Introduction to Mass Media * Media Graphics * New Media Art in Context * Photoshop * Principles of Media Studies * Quark * Sound and Image * Visual Foundations
Admissions requirements for design programs are a little different from admissions requirements for non-creative degree programs. Academics are important, however, a hefty amount of weight is placed on the applicant?s creative portfolio. This portfolio should contain the applicant?s best work. In addition to a creative portfolio, you will have to submit a completed application, official test scores and transcripts, an application essay, a letter or recommendation, and an application fee. In some cases, an interview may be required.
To locate accredited digital media art degree programs, stick to trusted college directories and college ranking websites such as Princeton Review and . Some students also swear by search engines such as Bing, Ask, or Google. With search engines, however, you will have to do some additional ?weeding out,? which has already been done for you through directories and ranking sites.