Study Computer Arts: Masters, Training & Online Degree Information

About this article
Most Master of Arts in Computer Arts degrees teach art and design principles and industry standard computer technology. Graduates typically go on to become print production and graphic designers, motion graphics designers, producers, interactive web designers, visual designers, imaging specialists, art directors and creative directors among other occupations.
View available schools

Reasons to Earn a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Arts

A Master of Arts in Computer Arts allows students to have the best of two worlds, so to speak. Students are encouraged to use their artistic side to creatively solve problems, and they are taught to use the latest technology to perform their work. Computer arts graduates are the multimedia artists and animators who make the dazzling animation and effects on video and computer games, and they create the realistic special effects in movies and television shows. They use computers and special software to perform their work.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, employment of the occupation of artists and related workers is projected grow faster than the average for all occupations. In particular, multimedia artists and animators will be more in demand due to higher consumer demand for more realistic video and computer games and movies and television special effects. Employment for general graphic designers is projected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations.

Salary Information

According to Salary.com, median annual earnings for salaried artists were $47,282 as of March 2008 reportings; whereas, median annual earnings for web production artists were $52,799. Median annual earnings for graphic designers were $45,599 as of March 2008 reportings.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

Students studying computer arts get a mixture of traditional art concepts with cutting edge technological instruction. Some common courses, include the following:

  • Typography for Digital Masters
  • Web Technology
  • Interactive Design and Concepts
  • Principles of Usability
  • Art Historical Awareness

Skills You Will Learn

Computer arts degrees are technical by nature. Common skills taught include the following:

  • Manage multimedia elements, such as audio and video recording, editing and various formats
  • Know how to construct and embed interactive components using technical tools, such as HTML, ActionScript, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, XML, and Flash
  • Adhere to project development standards and guidelines
  • Communicate purpose to user through an interactive experience
  • Able to use digital photography and motion graphics on projects

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • MS - Management - Information Systems Security
      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
      • M.S. - Information Technology
      • M.S. - Information Technology - Project Management
      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity
      • MSTIM - Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    7. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of IT: Project Management
      • Master of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Security
      • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Cyber Policy
      • MBA - Cybersecurity
      • MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Intelligence
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Abilene Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Technology Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • Master: Information Technology
  • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance

Which subject are you interested in?

Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Instructional Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado State University Global

  • Master - Information Technology Management
  • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado Technical University

  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • MS - Management - Information Systems Security
  • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management

Are you a US citizen?

Northcentral University

  • MSTIM - Computer Science
  • MBA - Computer and Information Security
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science

What is your highest level of education?

American InterContinental University

  • Master of IT: Project Management
  • Master of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Security
  • Master of Science in Information Technology

Are you a US citizen?

Utica College

  • MBA - Cyber Policy
  • MBA - Cybersecurity
  • MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management

What is your highest level of education completed?