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Multimedia and Intermedia


Programs in multimedia and intermedia teach people how to create works of art using more than one media at a time.

This program includes topics such as:


Students begin to develop their professional portfolio during college. This includes samples of work from team projects and independent projects. Projects completed during their senior year and internship are important to their portfolio.


Several community colleges or independent art schools offer certificate or associate degree programs in multimedia and intermedia. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.

Many independent art schools, colleges, and universities offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs in multimedia and intermedia. A BFA degree usually takes about four to five years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in multimedia and intermedia. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. A few schools offer doctoral (PhD) degree programs, which usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, with significant course work in computer science, design, and art; good grades; and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Independent art and design schools often focus more intensively on studio work and career preparation. Colleges and universities require more credits in general course work. Most art programs teach computer techniques in visual arts.

Some multimedia programs focus on the combining traditional art forms, such as painting, sculpture, and photography, with new digital techniques. Others focus solely on digital art and design, with a focus on website and graphic design or digital photography.

Many people pursue their MFA because these programs typically encourage individual, original projects and allow them to work in advanced positions after they finish their degree.


King-Snohomish Area

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Bellevue College

Cornish College of the Arts

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (Central/Mohler Campus)

Northwest College of Art & Design

West Side Area

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College