Madison Media Institute

Madison Media Institute
Type Private, for-profit College
Established 1969
President Rich Denhart
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 480
Location Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Campus Urban

Madison Media Institute, a Media Arts College is a private for-profit college with its main campus located in Madison, Wisconsin and a branch location in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Degree programs are focused on the entertainment and media industry. The school offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in video, music production, game design, media technology, graphic design, web and entertainment business.

Minneapolis Media Institute

The Minneapolis campus offers 4 Associate Degree Programs: Audio & Recording Arts, where students learn live sound, post production, producing and recording; Animation & Game Design, which includes 3D animation and video game engine overview; Graphic & Web Design, where students learn how to utilize layout, typography, color, and User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX); and a fully online degree program, Digital Marketing & Media, where students learn online marketing initiatives and campaign management. Minneapolis Media Institute also offers an online Mobile Application Development Certification program and a Business in Media Bachelor of Science Degree program.

Owned by American Higher Education Development Corporation, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.


Madison Media Institute was established in 1969 by Ray Szmanda as Trans-American School of Broadcasting with programs that prepared graduates for jobs in radio broadcasting. Over the years the college added a broader range of programs to reflect the changes in the media field, such as video & motion graphics, electronic & A/V systems, graphic and web design, entertainment & media business, and independent digital film.

The college's founder, Ray Szmanda, was the owner from 1969 to 1986. In 1986 Szmanda sold the college to Ed Hutchings, a career broadcaster who owned the school from 1986 to 2007. In August 2007 the Hutchings family sold the college to American Higher Education Development Corporation, a New York company.

In 2009 the Media College added a branch campus in Edina, Minnesota in the historic Flyte Tyme recording studios previously owned by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Starting as a music production school, Minneapolis Media Institute now offers programs in animation, graphic design, mobile app development, and business.

Programs of study

Degree programs

The school specializes in programs in audio production, music production, sound for video, sound for games, sound for films, graphic arts, web design, animation, game design, video production, camera techniques, photography, AV systems design and installation, visual fx, music production software, music business and media business skills. In addition, students can specialize in the business of entertainment, music, video, film, and media.


Tuition ranges from $32,000 to $46,000 for a two-year degree, depending on the program and the campus.

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