Find Digital Film and Visual Effects Programs

Find schools that want you for Digital Film and Visual Effects programs and other Art, Design & Architecture degrees and certifications.

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.

Admission Requirements

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.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, Special Effects Artists and Animators, on the Internet at (visited June 8, 2020).
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