If you love the creative arts, enjoy the visual effects in a movie or play as much or more than the story, and dream of one day
seeing your art on the Internet, television, film, or Broadway, a degree in Digital Film and Visual Effects may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Digital Film and Visual Effects students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7
years). An associate degree is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree and will allow you to enter the workforce
sooner but usually with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. In this field,
a bachelor's degree is usually the best option, as students will have time to pursue more degree specific courses and gain
experience in the field through internships or thesis projects.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art, design, and multimedia coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it
important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Digital Film and Visual Effects Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Digital Film and Visual Effects include:
- Special Effects Artist
- Digital Media Designer
- Digital Animator
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for a Special Effects Artist and Animator was $84,780 in 2019
while Multimedia Artists and Animators earned a median salary of $75,270 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics,
Special Effects Artists and Animators,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271014.htm (visited June 8, 2020).