The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a simple definition for multimedia artist. According to the Bureau, multimedia artists “create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.” They work in advertising, animation, game design, film and video, graphic design, web design, sound production, and more.
In the State of Wisconsin, aspiring multimedia artists should have no problems finding employment in these fields and many others. Some of the best opportunities can be found in the state’s largest and most progressive city—Milwaukee. Just a few Milwaukee agencies include Jigsaw Creative, Hanson Dodge Creative, Laughlin Constable (Milwaukee, Chicago, New York), and Lakeland Creative (Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay).
Because multimedia is such a popular industry in The Badger State (especially Milwaukee), several top Wisconsin schools offer excellent multimedia programs. Because these schools are part of the University of Wisconsin system, students can expect affordable tuition rates and flexible class schedules. Continue reading to find out which schools are tops for aspiring multimedia artists.
Wisconsin Multimedia Schools
According to the National Center for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences (NCES IES) Wisconsin is now home to 84 Title IV colleges and universities. Several of the state’s best Title IVs offer award-winning art and design programs. Just a few include Peck School of Arts at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Carroll University in Waukesha. Scroll through the list below to review Wisconsin’s best options for aspiring multimedia artists and what they have to offer.
University of Wisconsin Madison - Degrees Offered: B. S., B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Digital Modeling, Graphic Design and Typography, Life Drawing, Multimedia, New Genres, Painting + Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Video and Performance; M. A., M. F. A. Art with Graphics Specialization
University of Wisconsin Whitewater - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Multimedia Digital Arts; B. F. A. Art, Design & Technology, Graphic Design; B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design Emphasis; B.A. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design Emphasis; B.A or B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) Communication/Gaming; B.A. or B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) Technology Emphasis; Minor in Art, Art Studio, Arts Management, Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design, Communication/Gaming Emphasis, Multimedia Design, Multimedia
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Employment and Salary Trends for Wisconsin Multimedia Artists
According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report (March 2012), Wisconsin is home to 32,900 salaried artists and designers, up from 31,040 in 2002. The state’s growing population of artists and designers work in a variety of fields from graphic design to multimedia to web design. They average around $42,470 per year, up from $34,740 in 2002.
While artists and designers are doing great as a whole, salaries and employment growth vary by field. For example, the state’s multimedia artists and animators average $47,990 per year, up from $42,460 in 2002. However, the state lost a few artists between 2002 and today. In 2002, Wisconsin was home to 480 multimedia artists and animators. Today, the state is home to 430.
The graphic design industry offers positive growth across the board. In 2002, Wisconsin was home to 3,450 graphic designers. Today, the population is 4,320 and growing. The average salary for Wisconsin graphic designers is $42,320, up from $37,290 in 2002.
Interested in the film & video industry? Wisconsin-based film & video editors average $46,120 per year, up from $40,200 in 2002. Employment has increased as well. In 2002, Wisconsin was home to 120 salaried film & video editors. Today, the state is home to 180 salaried editors.
If the goal is to become an art director someday, the outlook is even better! Wisconsin-based art directors average $68,850 per year up from $56,540 in 2002. In 2002, the state was home to 340 salaried art directors. Today, Wisconsin is home to 520.
While Milwaukee is the state’s largest city, several other cities may be worth looking into during your job search. Madison is the state’s second largest city, followed by Green Bay, Kenosha, and Racine. Other (smaller) principal cities include Appleton, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, and Janesville.