Master of Art in Multimedia
M.A. in Multimedia
The Multimedia master's degree is a unique interdisciplinary program that focuses on the creative and technical aspects of new technology to create, control, deliver, and present meaningful content in a variety of interactive forms. This degree draws upon elements from a number of fields, including art, computer science, education, business, and telecommunications.
The Multimedia graduate program mirrors real-world conditions by emphasizing teamwork and project oriented goals. Students learn the skills needed to adapt quickly to new environments, a valuable asset for any profession. Because multimedia is a rapidly developing and rapidly changing field, the program focuses as much on the enduring creative processes as on the transient technology.
The Multimedia master's is a two-year degree program. Most coursework is offered in the evening. During the first year, students develop a theoretical foundation in multimedia technology, enhance their creative skills and learn to work effectively in teams. During the second year, small teams of students with various backgrounds and talents create innovative, professional-quality, interactive multimedia projects. Ideas for group projects can originate from students, faculty, or external sources. Many of our student projects have won national and international awards.
Students in the Multimedia graduate program enjoy a number of benefits including small student-teacher ratios and a dedicated interdisciplinary faculty. Thesis project students have 24-hour access to their own professional quality multimedia production studio. These facilities are well equipped and maintained with the latest technology.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.A. in Multimedia from Cal State East Bay will: (1) be proficient in digital imaging, interactive production, and audio production; (2) be familiar with current trends in multimedia; (3) understand the relationship between Interactive design and learning theories; (4) have an understanding of the effects of media and the evolution of information across a variety of media types; (5) understand how to draft a business plan; (6) have a base knowledge of business practices as they apply to Multimedia; (7) have the ability to produce work in a team-based environment; (8) produce an interactive thesis project that demonstrates a novel and/or creative use of a single or combination of interactive technologies within a team; (9) create written documentation of the Thesis Project that conforms to the guidelines of the department.
The Multimedia graduate program prepares students for successful careers in the new and thriving multimedia industry. As the only multimedia master's program in the state, it leads the way in training future multimedia producers and artists. Graduates can seek employment in positions where they work in teams or individually to produce artistic and commercial multimedia materials. Potential places of employment include film and video studios, graphic and exhibition design studios, production and post-production houses, publishers, corporate training and communication groups, support groups for scientific visualization, support groups for business presentation, and support groups for educational institutions.
Added career-oriented features of the Multimedia graduate program are its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to the hottest interactive digital media industry in the world.
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 52 quarter units
In State Tuition (per year): 5000 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 11000 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999