Best Online Bachelor’s in Digital Media

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in digital media degree programs to prepare students to become video editors, multimedia artists, videographers, copywriters, web designers, and graphic designers.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Digital Media

Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Media Degrees

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in digital media will gain a variety of in-demand technical and practical skills. Nearly all vocations rely on digital media to communicate, advertise, and engage.

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With courses covering topics such as web design, electronic publishing and graphics, virtual reality, and game design, graduates with this degree will qualify to work in many fields.

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Most programs require 120 credits to complete and are available both online and on campus. Though some programs offer accelerated options, most undergraduate digital media programs take about four years to finish.

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Upon graduation, students can gain employment as video editors, multimedia artists, videographers, copywriters, web designers, and graphic designers.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Digital Media Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online digital media bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Digital Media Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Northeastern University

    #294 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Digital Communications And Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Florida

    #72 institution's historical influence
    #45 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    31%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    47K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/30

    Gainesville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Telecommunication

    Concentrations

    • Media and Society
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Journalism: Sports and Media
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    Bachelor of General Studies in Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Global Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #149 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    29K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Film and Media Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Texas Tech University

    #396 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Digital Media and Professional Communication
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    University of Montana

    #588 institution's historical influence
    #417 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Missoula, MT

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Media Arts
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Columbia College Hollywood

    #3975 institution's historical influence
    #949 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    1K

    Tarzana, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BFA in Graphic Design + Interactive Media

    Concentrations

    • Animation
    • Composition
    • Digital Modeling
    • Required Credits: 192
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Abilene Christian University

    #1303 institution's historical influence
    #771 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1122/24

    Abilene, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Digital Media

    Concentrations

    • General Track
    • Film Production
    • Graphic Design
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Arkansas State University

    #1337 institution's historical influence
    #1472 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1116/24

    Jonesboro, AR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Creative Media Production
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication Studies – Internet and Social Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication

    Concentrations

    • New Media
    • Professional Writing
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Marketing

    Concentrations

    • Digital Marketing
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Lynn University

    #4109 institution's historical influence
    #543 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/23

    Boca Raton, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication And Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Lindenwood University

    #2487 institution's historical influence
    #1325 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Saint Charles, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Mass Communications

    Concentrations

    • Media Arts and Production
    • Media Management and Sales
    • Required Credits: 78
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Ferris State University

    #1881 institution's historical influence
    #402 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Big Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Digital Media Software Engineering
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 4-5 years/li>
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Digital Media Design
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Central Missouri

    #1712 institution's historical influence
    #1136 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    9K

    Warrensburg, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Technology Management

    Concentrations

    • Virtual Media
    • General Technology
    • Quality Systems
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    • Networking
    • Construction
    • Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Fisher College

    #6399 institution's historical influence
    #815 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication And Media Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3 years 4 months
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Upper Iowa University

    #1869 institution's historical influence
    #319 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Fayette, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication Studies

    Concentrations

    • Communication Studies
    • Mass Media
    • Sports Communication
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Park University

    #2469 institution's historical influence
    #640 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Parkville, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations
    • Required Credits: 45-48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Southeastern University

    #6492 institution's historical influence
    #135 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Lakeland, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Communication and Mass Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Maryville University

    #3588 institution's historical influence
    #991 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BFA in Digital Media
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  22. #22

    Brenau University

    #3773 institution's historical influence
    #489 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Gainesville, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Communication And Media Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Ohio Christian University

    #7218 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    1K

    Circleville, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Business

    Concentrations

    • Digital Multi-Media Production
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    California Baptist University

    #2100 institution's historical influence
    #1289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Riverside, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Graphic Design and Digital Media
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  25. #25

    University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu

    #18054 institution's historical influence
    #1157 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/18

    Kapolei, HI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Creative Media
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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