Top Media Production Universities: List of Schools
Students interested in earning a media production degree will learn about two of the top schools in the country to offer such programs. Read on to learn information about school rankings for institutions offering top media production programs, as well as curriculum and graduation requirements.
The following schools represent two of the best to offer media production degree programs, including bachelor's and master's degrees. Located in Texas and Massachusetts, both schools have been highly ranked by the US News & World Report and offer programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students may have the opportunity to focus their studies on a concentration; depending on their specializations, practicum or projects, such as the direction or production of student films, may be required.
Top Schools for Media Production
1. The University of Texas at Austin
The graduate fine arts programs offered at University of Texas in Austin (UT-Austin) were ranked 15th by US News & World Report in 2008. The school offers at least two degree programs in broadcasting through the school's Department of Radio-Television-Film.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Media Production degree program is for students who plan to pursue professional filmmaking. The program emphasizes both documentary and fiction types of films and includes coursework in production design, audio for picture, writing for media, and new media technology. By graduation, students will have directed at least four films.
Undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film degree program study media production and screenwriting skills. Classes include history of radio, television and film, communication and culture, documentary production and digital media.
2. Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
Emerson College, ranked 14th among the best regional universities in the North by the US News & World Report in 2011, is located in the heart of Boston and is the only liberal arts school in the U.S. dedicated to communication and the arts. The college offers two bachelor's and one master's degree programs related to media production.
The Bachelor of Arts in Media Production program is designed for students who are planning careers in media criticism, publishing, and research. Classes include writing for various media, field production, and studio production. Students choose a concentration from 13 areas, including film, animation, interactive media, radio, documentary film, experimental media, studio television, audio design, screenwriting, cinematography, direction, production, and post-production.
The school offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Media Production program, for those interested in an in-depth study of the artistic side of media production. Students in the BFA program are required to complete a production project before graduation.
An MFA in Media Production program is for those who wish to work in media production or teach at the university level. The program explores narrative fiction, documentary, and experimental production, with classes in digital media and culture, computer animation, directing fiction narrative and interactive production. Students can emphasize an area of study in animation, experimental media, documentary, interactive art, installation, sound design, or fiction narrative.
List of Good Media Production Schools
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|Florida State University||39,785||211 Westcott Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306||(850) 644-2525|
|George Mason University||32,067||4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030||(703) 993-1000|
|Boston University||31,960||One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215||(617) 353-2000|
|University of Iowa||28,987||101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242||(319) 335-3500|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||26,840||601 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607||(312) 996-7000|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|Ohio University||22,647||Athens, OH 45701||(740) 593-1000|
|Syracuse University||19,638||Syracuse, NY 13244||(315) 443-1870|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|CUNY Brooklyn College||17,094||2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11210||(718) 951-5000|
|CUNY City College||16,212||160 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031||(212) 650-7000|
|University of Miami||15,629||Coral Gables, FL 33124||(305) 284-2211|
|The University of Montana||14,921||Missoula, MT 59812||(406) 243-0211|
|Montana State University||12,348||Bozeman, MT 59717||(406) 994-0211|
|Columbia College Chicago||12,127||600 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605||(312) 663-1600|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||9,906||342 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31402||(912) 525-5000|
|Chapman University||6,398||One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866||(714) 997-6815|
|Emerson College||4,556||120 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116||(617) 824-8500|
|San Francisco Art Institute||571||800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133||(415) 771-7020|
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