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Interactive Media Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Interactive media focuses on content that involves user participation. Such content includes websites, banner ads, music videos, motion graphics and game design. This article contains guidelines to help students decide what interactive media school to attend.

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Selecting an Interactive Media School

Interactive media is usually offered as a bachelor's or master's degree program. General course topics include animation, digital video, Web publishing, game design and portfolio preparation.

One of the most important aspects of an interactive media program is the portfolio project. A portfolio helps students demonstrate their skills for potential employers. Because interactive media refers to digital media, students need to make sure the program they enroll in offers digital portfolio creation for the Web, CD-ROM and DVD.

Interactive media designers and developers often specialize. Specialization areas include game development, music video production, desktop applications and real-time 3-D design. Students should make sure the specialization area they are interested in is highlighted in the program.

Many interactive media designers and developers are self-employed. Students who want to go into business for themselves should choose a program that includes business courses such as marketing, ethics, business law and finance.

Largest Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
University of Southern California33,7474-year, Private
Sam Houston State University16,6624-year, Public
Carnegie Mellon University10,8754-year, Private
Fashion Institute of Technology10,0654-year, primarily associate's, Public
Savannah College of Art and Design9,1204-year, Private
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division7,0324-year, primarily associate's, Private
Bradley University5,8734-year, Private
Marist College5,8284-year, Private
School of Visual Arts3,9884-year, Private
The Art Institute of Philadelphia3,6894-year, Private
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh2,9684-year, Private
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago2,8834-year, Private
North Central College2,7264-year, Private
The Art Institute of Colorado2,4044-year, Private
The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles2,1794-year, Private
The Art Institute of California - San Diego2,0474-year, Private
The Art Institute of Houston1,9154-year, Private
The Art Institute of Washington1,8924-year, Private
The Art Institutes International Minnesota1,8904-year, Private
The Art Institute of Dallas1,8574-year, primarily associate's, Private
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    • Master
    • Bachelor
        • BFA in Communications Design & Interactive Media
        • BFA in Communications Design (Online)
        • BFA in Animation
    • Non-Degree
        • Certificate in 3D Animation - Character Animation
        • Certificate in Design Strategy & Innovation
        • Certificate in 3D Animation - Pre-Production

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    • Must be graduated from high school by 2011
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    • Nevada (1)
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    • Bachelor
        • Bachelor - Animation Technology
        • Bachelor of Science - Animation Technology
        • Bachelor of Science - Web Design and Development
        • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Communications: Graphic Design
        • Bachelor of Science - Visual Communications - Graphic Design
        • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Audio Production
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        • Associate - Visual Communications: Multimedia and Web Design
        • AAS in Graphic Design
        • Associate - Radio Broadcasting
        • Associate - Web Design and Development
        • Associate - Visual Communications: Graphic Design
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        • Certificate - Web Design and Development

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        • Bachelor - Interactive Communication
        • Bachelor - Interactive Communication/Media Arts

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        • Associate in Information Technology - Multimedia

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