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Top Media Production Universities: List of Schools

Media production involves the disciplines of design, editing, script writing, video and audio production, graphic design, Web design and interactive media. Students in a media production program learn the business and entrepreneurial skills necessary to produce and manage many types of media projects. Classes may include cinematography, marketing for media, screenwriting and finance. Graduates can work in film direction, video editing, camera operation, media critique and animation.

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Top Schools for Media Production

1. The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas in Austin (UT-Austin) hosted the first television broadcast in Texas in the 1930s. Out of that initial broadcast was born a degree program in broadcasting, which developed into the school's Department of Radio-Television-Film. The graduate fine arts programs offered at UT-Austin were ranked 15th by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.

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.

Contact Information

  • Address: Austin, TX 78712
  • Phone Number: (512) 471-3434

2. Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College is located in the heart of Boston and is the only liberal arts school in the U.S. dedicated to communication and the arts. In 2011, Emerson was ranked 14th in a list of best regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
  • Phone Number: (617) 824-8500

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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