Media technology and design

Undergraduate certificate University of Missouri-Columbia
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Overview

As today’s media-saturated world continues to develop into all facets of our lives, so has the demand for those professionals who develop, create, engineer, manage and deploy media. 

The online undergraduate certificate in media technology and design is built for students seeking a formal, academic-backed approach to media technology, post-production practices, and 3D modeling and animation. Students can expect to solidify a strong career path in a technical-based job with a creative element. This program can also help enrich the curriculum of those seeking degrees in journalism, communication and film studies.

Quick facts

Official name

Undergraduate certificate in media technology and design

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Undergraduate certificate

Academic home

College of Engineering | Department of Information Technology

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

12

Estimated cost

$7,099.20

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Job titles graduates of this program can expect to achieve:

Individuals seeking work in audio and video production, and post production: Film production, TV production, visual effects and colorist, audio engineers, commercial video production, radio broadcast, web/streaming platforms

Individuals seeking work in animation and virtual and augmented reality environments: Commercial video production, interactive environment design, streaming video and broadcast, game asset creation

Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
10.71%
Employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$92,000
median salary

Program structure

The online undergraduate certificate in media technology and design is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.

Course work includes

  • Digital media design
  • Color engineering and processing
  • Computer modeling and animation
  • Game theory and design
  • Motion graphics and visual effects
  • Project and team management
  • Audio engineering

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

1 year

Typical course load

2 classes per semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

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Professor Maurer’s background is in media technology, and he brings his experience in film production to the IT program. He is an independent film director and producer, and owns two film production businesses. His technical focus includes media creation, UHD workflow, camera technology, audio engineering, video processing and post-production.

Brian Maurer
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor of Practice
Fang Wang

Before joining MU, Fang Wang worked as a senior software engineer in research and development at Ansys Inc. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a senior device modeling and characterization engineer at Motorola Inc. and Freescale Semicondutor Inc. Her research interests include simulation software development, virtual reality/augmented reality applications, mobile app development and image processing.

Fang Wang, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Information Technology