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Top Media Production Universities: List of Schools

Learn about top schools that offer media production degree programs. Discover rankings information for the schools, and the see the possibilities for credentials and school locations.

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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 U.S. News & World Report. Students in a media production track may have the opportunity to focus their studies on a concentration; a practicum or a project, such as the direction or production of a student film, may also be required. Read on to learn more about institutions offering top media production programs, as well as curriculum and graduation requirements.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 Distinction Location
Chapman University Undergraduate and master's degree possibilities include creative production, production design and television and film producing; joint degrees that combine production with a business or law degree are also offered Orange, CA
Columbia College Chicago Bachelor of Arts specializations include production and directing, internet and mobile media, post-production and effects, and writing & producing Chicago, IL
Emerson College Media production students can participate in internships and a student-run video organization as well as study opportunities in Los Angeles, Prague or the Netherlands Boston, MA
Florida State University Options include a digital media production bachelor's degree or a graduate certificate; bachelor's degree allows emphasis on either sports media or documentaries and public affairs Tallahassee, FL
George Mason University The Bachelor of Arts in Communication at George Mason can be pursued with a concentration in media production and criticism Fairfax, VA
Stanford University A Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) focuses on documentary production under the umbrella of film and media studies; just eight students are admitted each year to the 2-year program Stanford, CA
Syracuse University In addition to film, computer art and animation and art video degrees offered by the art department, a television/radio/film degree is available through the Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse, NY
University of Illinois at Chicago The School of Art and Design at UIC offers a bachelor's degree in moving image that focuses on film, video and digital animation Chicago, IL
The University of Texas at Austin Only 12 students are admitted to the 3-year MFA in Film and Media Production each year Austin, TX
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