The Department of Digital Media has received accolades from the online resource Animation Career Review which has ranked ETSU among the top animation and game design schools in the South in their 2021 review.

No. 1 in Tennessee for Game Design

No. 1 in Tennessee for Animation

Top 20 in the South

East Tennessee State University has been ranked No. 1 in Tennessee as the top school for game design, as well as animation. It is also positioned among the Top 20 Game Design and Animation Colleges in the South, ranking No. 12 for its animation program and No. 17 for game design. Both concentrations are part of the ETSU College of Business and Technology digital media program.

For the Top 20 rankings, determined since 2011 by the online resource Animation Career Review, ETSU was chosen from colleges and universities throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

This establishes what we already know, that we offer
a top-notch program for students of digital media.

“This honor comes at an ideal time, just as our new master of fine arts in digital media welcomes its first graduate students this fall,” said department chair Marty Fitzgerald. “Our students have the opportunity to equip themselves in digital media by choosing from a number of career paths, including animation and game development and this establishes what we already know, that we offer a top-notch program for students of digital media. Our graduates have gone on to work on notable creative properties that include ‘Borderlands,’ ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier,’ ‘Intergalactic Pizza Delivery Guy,’ ‘Thor Ragnarok,’ ‘Halo,’ ‘RWBY,’ ‘Crucible,’ and ‘Justice League.’ We’re very proud of that, and with these rankings.”

In addition, a new articulation agreement recently announced between ETSU and Walters State Community College allows students to transfer directly from Walters State’s new digital media major into ETSU’s digital media program with advanced standing.

Ranking criteria consists of academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness, graduation rate, geographic location, and employment data.