What Is Multimedia Design?

Multimedia design is the art of integrating multiple forms of media. It is used in video games, information kiosks, websites and many other interactive applications. Careers in multimedia design can be found in a growing number of industries, from Madison Avenue advertising agencies to Hollywood production companies. For information about potential degree programs and career opportunities in multimedia design, read on. Schools offering Multimedia Design & Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

About Multimedia Design

Multimedia design requires both creative and technical skills to integrate two or more types of media. It is probably most prevalent on the Internet, where you might encounter a web page that uses a combination of audio, animation and text. The advertising and marketing industries have jumped on this trend of using multiple forms of media to reach wider audiences. Industries such as video gaming and education are also taking advantage of innovations in multimedia design.

Degrees in Multimedia Design

Multimedia education programs are becoming increasingly popular at colleges and universities as well as at online institutions. Students can start with an associate's degree program in multimedia and work all the way up to a doctoral program. Associate's-level studies tend to focus more intensely on tools and techniques, while graduate-level programs may explore the philosophies and trends that are shaping the industry. Relevant degree options could include:

  • Associate's Degree in Multimedia Technologies
  • Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Studies
  • Master's Degree in Interactive Media
  • Ph.D. in Digital Arts

Careers in Multimedia Design

Careers in multimedia design might run the gamut from marketing and advertising to telecommunications. Opportunities might also exist in the gaming and entertainment industries. Fine artists are even finding opportunities for creative expression in multimedia design. Here are some possible careers:

  • Web designer or programmer
  • Installation artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Software developer or programmer
  • Game developer or programmer
  • Video and audio editor
  • Special effects engineer

Job Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), multimedia designers, which are included in the classification of multimedia artists and animators, were projected to see a six percent growth in job opportunities from 2012-2022. The median annual wages for these workers were $61,370 per year in 2012. The BLS stated that those working in the motion picture and video industries earned median wages of $72,680, while those in computer systems design earned median wages of 58,950 in 2012.

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