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Getting an Online Master's Degree in Multimedia

written by: Sonal Panse•edited by: Sylvia Cochran•updated: 5/11/2012

An online master’s degree in multimedia can help you get started in an exciting and creative career. Let's take a look at how to go about getting an online master's degree in multimedia.

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    What is Multimedia?

    Multimedia refers to a growing creative field that combines design and technology for a variety of artistic, commercial and industrial purposes. A number of interactive applications like websites, video games, ATM machines, kiosks, art installations, and advertising billboards make use of different forms of multimedia. With technical developments on the rise, multimedia careers are likely to see a corresponding boost.

    If you are interested in a career in this field, you might consider getting an online masters degree in multimedia. A master's degree gives you a keen edge in the profession and allows for higher salary expectations. Moreover, an online degree offers a convenient, more flexible alternative to pursuing a full-time multimedia course at a traditional campus.

    An online master’s degree in multimedia is a good choice for busy professionals looking to gain new skills or change career tracks without leaving the security of the day job. You can study from the location of your choice, at a schedule of your own making, and gain the knowledge that will lead to satisfying, fulfilling career in multimedia.

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    Getting an Online Masters Degree in Multimedia

    An online master’s degree in multimedia usually covers the theory and techniques of visual design and communication, as well as the usage of digital media equipment and various software applications. Coursework can cover design principles, digital production, digital editing, web design, web programming and animation.

    Start out by compiling a list of accredited colleges offering master's degree programs in multimedia. Find out what their eligibility requirements are. A bachelor's degree from an accredited school is usually necessary for admission to a master's degree program. For the multimedia program, a basic or advanced knowledge of current multimedia software and hardware will also be required.

    Find out about software and hardware requirements, course structure, and course matter in addition to course delivery. In online studies, students interact with instructors via Internet phone, email, instant messaging and chat forums. Classes can be via live or prerecorded video and audio sessions, online study material, eBooks, etc. Students need to undertake and complete a multimedia project of their choice and pass a qualifying exam in order to receive the master's degree.

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    Career Prospects for Graduates with an Online Masters Degree in Multimedia

    An online master's degree in multimedia can come handy in a variety of careers such as graphic design, web design, web development, game development, programming, video production, animation and special effects.

    Multimedia graduates can freelance, become self-employed, or work in a host of private, public and governmental agencies. They find work in the motion picture industry, animation industry, in the computer technology sector, in the music business, advertising, in publishing, the design industry, in the healthcare field, the aerospace industry and just about in any field that makes use of multimedia technology.

    Check the U.S. Department of Labor's report on current career and salary prospects in multimedia.