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Do you enjoy learning how things work and coming up with creative solutions? Now may be the time to consider a career in information technology or media arts. These careers include information security analyst, computer network support specialist, database administrator, game designer and more.

Virginia College makes it easy for you to pick your area of interest and get yourself on the fast track to a higher education. Our programs are designed to prepare you for positions in the exciting and fast-moving worlds of information technology and media arts.

How to Become an Information Technology Professional

Virginia College has on-campus and online information technology program options at these education levels:

  • Diploma/certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Two of our programs are offered exclusively online and are ideal for busy people who want flexible class and study options while working full time, juggling family life or in the military. The online master's degree in Cybersecurity is designed to prepare graduates for employment positions involving the security management of LAN, WLAN, and WAN environments, including our own nation's IT infrastructure.

The online bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to business information systems and equip graduates with valuable managerial skills. With these jobs projected to grow 15-21% from now to 2022*, it may be the time to start or get back into school!

The Network Management bachelor's degree program available on campus and online provides students with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of client/server computer concepts with an emphasis on the engineering practices used on modern networks. The job growth for these jobs is also strong nationally.

You can look forward to pursuing a position on an IT team upon graduation from our Associate of Applied Science degree program in Network Engineering from Virginia College. Whether learning online or at one of our campuses, the curriculum is designed to provide for the development of skills to solve a variety of network issues. Students have the opportunity to learn the essentials for ensuring network security and for understanding operating systems and network management software.

"I had a job while I was at Virginia College. Shortly after graduating I got on with the company I work with now and I've increased my salary by $25,000."

Jeremy Millwood
Network Engineering graduate

For those who want an entry-level program that can be completed in as little as nine months, the Network Technician certificate/diploma program, offered at many Virginia College campuses, could lead you to seek positions such as a help desk analyst, computer user support specialist or computer network support specialist — a job category that is expected to grow 17 percent from now to 2020*.

How to Become a Media Artist or Designer

If it can be dreamed, it can be created, and that is the hallmark of the 3D Imaging and Animation program at Virginia College. From the technical to the abstract, from the pencil to the pixel, we provide the instruction and knowledge designed to enable you to channel your creativity into a rewarding career. If your interests lie in 3D animation and game design, we have the palette from which you can choose to design your own career path.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies. Additional job openings will arise from an increasing need for computer graphics in the growing number of mobile technologies. The demand for animators is also increasing in alternative areas such as scientific research and design services."

Take your design skills and creativity to the next level! Let us help you make your creative dream visible for all to see.

Information Technology & Media Arts Programs

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 Edition. Job outlook data are based on information published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflect a national sample or projection. No promise of a job or of potential salary is made or implied.

Note: The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.