Best Animation Schools

Best Animation Schools

a list of the best schools for 2D Animation, 3D Animation and Video Game Design

The following is a list of colleges, universities and animation schools with programs that would help someone in their pursuit of a career in the technical direction of the animation industry or the creative side of animation. The list is dedicated to schools that many animation studios feel caters to technical direction and to the more artistic field of character animation.

Featured Animation Schools
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

The Media Arts & Animation Bachelor's Degree program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division is designed to give students those skills and training to fill the world with their ideas and their passion. To reach that level, courses in this program begin with a foundation in drawing, color, character design and computer applications.

Under the guidance of an industry-experienced faculty, students examine advanced 2-D animation and 3-D animation principles, as well as story development, background design, scenic layout and special effects. They will also have an opportunity to work with program specific software such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe After Effects®, and Autodesk® 3Ds Max®.

At graduation, students will have an individualized digital portfolio to showcase their creative skills in 2-D design and 3-D design techniques and abilities in order to pursue entry-level opportunities in a range of areas including Computer-Generated Lighting, Compositing and Rendering, Storyboard Artists, Texture Artists, Computer Modelers and Computer-Generated Special Effects Artists.

Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division Animation school
Full Sail's Computer Animation

Full Sail University

There's a quality of motion that distinguishes the best animation, and Full Sail's Computer Animation curriculum teaches you the tools and techniques you'll need to achieve that same sense of fluidity in your own art.

First, you'll learn basic animation skills and the fundamentals of powerful software packages like Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. You'll then build on those basics with 2D and 3D techniques like character motion, body language, and character rigging as you use all your artistic skills together with technology to make your creations come to life.

Full Sail's Computer Animation

Academy of Art University

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest accredited private art and design school. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University has nearly 16,000 students that develop the techniques and knowledge to land the art and design career of their dreams.

Students master a unique combination of artistic ability and business savvy that attracts some of the best companies in the world. Graduates go on to work at big name companies like Pixar, Disney, Sony, Yahoo, Gensler, Apple, Escada, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and many more.

Animation & Visual Effects - Certificate, AA, BFA & MFA (also available online)
Blending precise technique with digital expertise, our instructors encourage creative experimentation while teaching the fundamentals of drawing, 3D modeling and character animation. Students graduate with a jaw-dropping demo reel.

Game Design – AA, BFA, MFA
At the School of Game Design, you'll use your creativity and skills to design games that will push boundaries, delight the senses and leave the user craving more. Professional game designers will guide you through all the fundamental game art principals including game engine technology, pre-production and production environments. You will graduate with a strong portfolio that shows skill in traditional drawing and painting as well as 3D modeling.

Illustration – Certificate, AA, BFA, MFA
School of Illustration students develop expert technique to convey creativity professionally and beyond. Focusing on the subtleties of color, expression and environment, our instructors teach students how to market themselves and develop a portfolio that leaves no dream out of reach.

Schools for Aspiring Animators

School/College Programs Offered Locations Contact Information
DeVry University
Bachelor's in Game and Simulation Programming
DeVry University's bachelor's degree program in Game and Simulation Programming (GSP) prepares graduates to make an impact in the private and public video game and simulation software industry. Master the coding languages, visual design principles, and software methods used in the development of video games, crime scene reconstruction, corporate training software, and more. DeVry University partners with industry-leading companies like Vivendi/Universal to offer students experiential learning opportunities and networking contacts to potential employers around the world. With the gaming industry charting revenues in excess of $21 billion1, and the U.S. Army alone investing millions in simulation training, exciting new jobs in gaming and simulation programming are created every day. Your Game and Simulation Programming degree from DeVry University will prepare you for success.

80+ locations and Online
ITT Technical Institute
The Digital Entertainment and Video Game Design program in the School of Drafting and Design at the ITT Technical Institutes can help graduates prepare for career opportunities in a variety of entry-level positions involving the technology associated with the design and development of digital games and multimedia applications. Courses in this program offer a foundation in digital game design through the study of subjects such as gaming technology, game design process, animation, level design and general education coursework.

Graduates of this program may pursue entry-level career opportunities in a number of different digital entertainment and game design companies. Job functions may include working in a team to design, develop, test and produce video games, or create animations and 3D scenes for use in video games.

Over 90 locations nationwide in over 30 states.

Art Institute Campus

Animation and Special Effects

At an Art Institutes school, you'll start with fundamentals like design and drawing which, along with studies in areas like color theory, digital video editing, and computer applications, will help you build a solid foundation of the skills you'll need. From there, you'll build an ability to express your ideas in pictures and words, gaining a strong working knowledge of storyboarding, scriptwriting, scenic layout, 2D and 3D animation, digital video editing, and more. Here you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; and software, including Adobe Flash Professional, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Motion, and Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya. So you can build a digital portfolio designed to impress potential employers. Our animation and special effects programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as 2D/3D animator or modeler, 3D texture artist, assistant animator, compositor, production assistant, or concept artist.

Game Design and Programming

Our instructors will use their current gaming industry experience to create a learning environment that resembles the world you'll be entering. Traditional and digital art fundamentals such as drawing, color, design, and computer applications will give you the background you need to start learning the techniques of animation, storyboarding, 2D and 3D modeling, lighting effects, and texture mapping. And you'll also learn how to apply the principles of gaming, balance and usability to plan and devise game rules and mechanics; create the entire gaming experience; and develop games that can be used in industry-standard engines through every stage of the production pipeline.

Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; game engines, including CryENGINE, Valve, Unreal Engine 2, Unity, and Microsoft XNA; and other software, including Photoshop, Flash Professional, Zbrush, Source, Pro Tools, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Maya. So you can build a digital portfolio designed to impress potential employers. Our game art and design programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as game designer, 2D/3D animator or artist, cinematic artist, game tester/analyst, level artist, or texture artist at places like game developers, software companies, education companies, and more.
























The Art Institute
Academy of Art University
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest accredited private art and design school. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University has nearly 16,000 students that develop the techniques and knowledge to land the art and design career of their dreams.

Students master a unique combination of artistic ability and business savvy that attracts some of the best companies in the world. Graduates go on to work at big name companies like Pixar, Disney, Sony, Yahoo, Gensler, Apple, Escada, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and many more.

Animation & Visual Effects - Certificate, AA, BFA & MFA (also available online)
Blending precise technique with digital expertise, our instructors encourage creative experimentation while teaching the fundamentals of drawing, 3D modeling and character animation. Students graduate with a jaw-dropping demo reel.

Game Design – AA, BFA, MFA
At the School of Game Design, you'll use your creativity and skills to design games that will push boundaries, delight the senses and leave the user craving more. Professional game designers will guide you through all the fundamental game art principals including game engine technology, pre-production and production environments. You will graduate with a strong portfolio that shows skill in traditional drawing and painting as well as 3D modeling.

Illustration – Certificate, AA, BFA, MFA
School of Illustration students develop expert technique to convey creativity professionally and beyond. Focusing on the subtleties of color, expression and environment, our instructors teach students how to market themselves and develop a portfolio that leaves no dream out of reach.

Online Programs and San Francisco, CA Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
International Academy of Design and Technology
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Animation is designed to provide students with the advanced conceptual and technical skills needed to enter the field of animation.

Utilizing industry standard hardware and software, the animation student will be exposed to a comprehensive course of study in the processes of 2D animation, 3D animation, character development, game art, and special effects animation. Strong foundations in the principles of storyboarding, drawing, modeling, and animation are coupled with training in digital video and professional post-production techniques.

Bachelor - Visual Communications: Game Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (Game Design) is designed to provide training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2D and 3D computer games. Students can learn design software; modeling and animation skills, networking principles, level and world editors, and game engines used to design and develop games, and will examine market research and business concepts related to game production and distribution processes. Project management, creative design, and communication skills are integrated throughout this dynamic curriculum to help prepare students for entry-level positions in the game design industry.

Chicago, IL
Troy, MI
Henderson, NV
Nashville, TN
Orlando, FL
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
Schaumburg, IL
Tukwila, WA
Tampa, FL
International Academy of Design and Technology
Expression College for Digital Arts

Animation and Visual Effects Program

Expression's Animation and Visual Effects Bachelor's Degree is designed to launch students toward a successful career in visual effects for film and television, and emerging applications for 3D visualization and 3D animation. Students will learn the fundamentals of art, animation design, and visual effects, and then apply this knowledge to 3D modeling, character animation, motion capture, character rigging, texture and lighting, compositing and more. The animation training at Ex'pression College is designed to mirror work in professional animation and visual effects houses. The animation training is in professional grade labs that boast a one-to-one (student-to-machine) ratio. Work on industry standard visual effects software, including Autodesk Maya & MotionBuilder, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Z-Brush, and Nuke and PFTrack.

Game Art and Design Program

The Game Art and Design program prepares students for a career in the interactive entertainment industry through immersive training in core-competency areas; which include fine arts, theory, and projects that mirror the professional pipeline production environment of a video game designer. This pipeline creates a solid foundation for students as they move toward entering the industry of video game design and development. Early classes in the program develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation that supports all subsequent work. Fundamentals in craft and tool application are introduced in the sophomore and junior years through a series of hands-on classes that build skill sets in 2D computer graphics, scripting, 3D modeling, animation, texture, and lighting. Students will also begin the design and development of their first game level through group work that simulates professional pipeline production techniques.

Emeryville, CA Expression College for Digital Arts
6601 Shellmound St
Emeryville, CA 94608
Laurus College

3D Animation Certificate Program

This program introduces students to the world of 3D animation. Students will focus on the techniques and methods for creating 3D animation and effects using the industry standard software Maya. Maya software is one of the world's most powerfully integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solutions in the video game design and development industry today. Film and video artists, video game developers, web designers, and print designers turn to Maya software to realize their creative vision.

Using this software, students will explore ways to model, texture, animate, and render creative environments. Students will work in both 2D and 3D, creating characters with realistic motion in everyday life. In this program students work with industry standard software to gain valuable skills in the video game design and development industry. Students in this certificate program will work to create a portfolio that showcases their creativity and their skills.

Atascadero, CA

San Luis Obispo, CA

Santa Maria, CA
Laurus College
81 Higuera Street,
Suite 110
San Luis Obispo, CA
Collins College
Bachelor - Game Design
The curriculum in our Game Design Program is designed to equip you with game essentials like C++, Java, 3ds max and AI (Artificial Intelligence) so you can make your quest-driven concept a game reality. Your education in Game Design can take you from game research and planning, character development and storytelling, all the way through level design, modeling programming and project management. It takes more than imagination to be a game designer, and we can help you to take your ideas from concept to completion and beyond.

BA Visual Art w/ Game Art Major
As a student, you can learn to create characters and settings that bring a game to life. You can learn the fundamentals of sound design for game projects and explore the workflow concepts behind the art department of a major game studio. You can visualize a concept and acquire the computer skills necessary to render it in 3D.

Enroll in this exciting Visual Arts degree program with a major in Game Art and you'll take classes such as Creative Visualization, Audio for Gaming, Game Design Project Management, 3D Studio Max® 1, and 3D Modeling. Computer labs, traditional animation labs, photo/video labs, and a photography studio lab are available to students who choose this Visual Arts degree program. In approximately 31 months, you can earn a degree to help you enter today's workforce as a Game Designer.

Tempe, AZ Collins College
1140 S. Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281
Digital Media Arts College

Computer Animation

The Computer Animation programs at Digital Media Arts College are multifaceted and specialized, readying students for the expanding role of the computer animator in the rich field of visual storytelling. Trained and qualified computer animators find themselves working in a variety of different and exciting capacities, including the creation of video games, films, architectural pre-visualizations, military simulations, medical and forensics renderings, and accident scene re-creation for law offices.

In the undergraduate Computer Animation program at DMAC, students are trained in the highly technical process of 3D animation production—modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, and rendering—as well as guided to explore their conceptual skills in the highly satisfying process of digital creation.

For students interested specifically in video game animation, we offer an undergraduate Computer Animation program with a Concentration in Game Art. Students use professional-level game development software to learn how to create their assets for the ever-changing gaming environment.

Our graduate program in Visual Effects Animation continues students' pursuit of artistic excellence in particle effects, dynamic simulations, Motion Capture, and tracking techniques are explored.

From pencil to pixel, the Computer Animation faculty at DMAC instills in their students the teamwork that is the backbone of this competitive industry while providing professional criticism and deadlines.

Boca Raton, FL Digital Media Art College
3785 N Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Platt College

Bachelor's Degree in 3D Animation

Platt College School of Graphic Design's Bachelors degree program in Visual Communication helps you build the skills you need to start an exciting new career. You choose to specialize in either Web Design or 3D Animation. Both specializations are dynamic and will provide graduates with skills necessary to be effective in careers in these popular and ever expanding industries.

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication (BAVC) develops professionals who take concepts and then create visual imagery by employing type, illustration, sound, music, photography, and animation. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication degree program will produce a professional portfolio that will make them viable candidates for employment in the myriad of industries related to visual communication. Past graduates have found successful employment as animators, computer animators, digital media producers, special effects artists, background designers, computer artists, layout artists, and video game artists.

Alhambra, CA
Ontario, CA
Platt College
1000 South Fremont Ave,
Suite A9W
Alhambra, CA 91803
Flashpoint Academy
Tribeca Flashpoint's Animation & Visual Effects program

Flashpoint Academy

In Tribeca Flashpoint's Animation & Visual Effects program, you'll use professional 3D and compositing software to animate amazing characters, design beautiful environments and create stunning computer-generated visual effects.

With a small average yearly class size, a talented faculty of animation and visual effects professionals, and the latest animation and visual effects technology, Tribeca Flashpoint's two-year program promises hands-on learning, unrivaled access to the industry's latest tools, and professional training that is second to none.

Year One Classes
First year Animation & Visual Effects courses are based on a progression of experiential learning, from introductory to intermediate. First year classes include:

  • Character Animation I
  • Visual Effects & Compositing I
  • Modeling I
  • History of Computer Graphics
  • Lighting and Texturing
  • Filmmaking for Animators
  • The Production Pipeline
  • The Story Process I
  • Rigging
  • Visual Storytelling with Photoshop
  • Modeling II
  • Inspiration for Animators

In addition, all students take up to four core classes such as composition, mathematics, oral communication, and a humanities survey that aim to teach students the fundamental skills they'll need in the professional world.
Chicago, IL Flashpoint Academy
28 North Clark Street,
5th Floor
Chicago, IL
Vancouver College of Art and Design

3D Modeling Animation Art and Design

The Canadian animation industry continues to grow and thrive. This evolving industry demands talented individuals who have the most up-to-date training on the latest technology and software. If you're looking to enter this exciting industry, VCAD has the program for you.

Our 3D Modeling Animation Art and Design diploma program teaches you the knowledge and skills you need to successfully compete in the computer generated animation industry. The program harnesses the talent of industry-leading professionals to teach the theory and techniques used in three dimensional animation art and design.
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Vancouver College of Art & Design
1111 Melville St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 3V6
Cogswell Polytechnical College

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Art and Animation

Digital Arts and Animation offers students preparation in four concentration areas: 3D Animation, Entertainment Design, Game Design, and 3D Modeling. The coursework bridges traditional and digital arts classes and includes solid components of theory, production, and general education. Digital Arts and Animation project classes provide many opportunities for collaborations with other programs at Cogswell, including Digital Audio Technology and Digital Arts Engineering. The Portfolio classes provide a format for bringing together all of the elements of the concept to delivery pipeline as students collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to complete real world projects.

Cogswell Polytechnical College
1175 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Madison Media Institute
Madison Media Institute

Game Art and Animation program

The Game Art and Animation program prepares students for entry-level positions in the computer game and animation field. These positions are typically found in video game production studios, visual effects houses, TV production studios, and computer animation studios.

To prepare for a career in art and production in a video game studio, visual effects studio, or animation studio Madison Media Institute students are grounded in the principles of 3D computer graphics, modeling, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering, compositing, as well as traditional art skills. Graduates of the program will be positioned to enter the industry with expertise in all the standard studio tools. Students will learn how to build 3D models, animate characters and bring them into computer games using the state of the art computer game engine, Unreal III by Epic. Additional courses will give students a strong foundation in cinematography, performance driven story, and real and virtual world lighting techniques.

Students will work with the latest generation of video game development software including Autodesk's Maya, Motion Builder, and Mudbox as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects and Premiere. Additionally, students will learn how to use the revolutionary ZBrush modeling and texturing tool. As students progress through the program, they can concentrate on selected skill sets to prepare them as modelers, character animators and technical animators. Mentored directly by industry professionals, students will learn highly desirable traits and skills.

A highlight of the program will be firsthand experience in a working motion capture (Mocap) facility. Students will edit and integrate Mocap data, their own character and environment models and key frame animation into a working game.

The Game Art and Animation program includes a well rounded set of general studies, team building and job preperation course work. Graduates will leave with a complete portfolio which will include a game level, demo reel, website and DVD tailored to their artistic style and allow them to stand out from the crowd.

Madison, WI

Minneapolis, MN
Madison Media Institute
2702 Agriculture Drive
Madison, WI 53718
Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts

3D Animation

Learn the skills necessary to become a 3D artist and animator with the 3D Animation + Interactive Media Certificate. This cross-curriculum program integrates multiple aspects of 2D and 3D art, interactive media and animation with professional experience. You'll get hands-on training in modeling, design, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering for 3D design. Using Autodesk Maya, the leading 3D software tool for professionals, and web applications such as Adobe Flash, you'll work on a variety of projects: from product illustration and architectural visualization to character animation and web media presentation. When you finish the 3D Animation program, you'll leave with a portfolio and demo reel complete with 3D models, textures and animations to showcase your new skills.

Waltham, MA

Washington, DC
Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
Mt. Sierra College

Visual Effects & Digital Video

The Visual Effects and Digital Video student is seriously playful. Professionals in the visual effects and digital video field cut through the clutter and deliver a lot of information in a short amount of time. Visual Effects & Digital Video is design in motion.

The curriculum of the Visual Effects & Digital Video program prepares students with the technological and design foundations to develop a digital portfolio worthy of entry-level positions. These roles support the demands of television, film, the Internet, and a myriad of other media outlets that rely on animated graphic design and seamlessly composited digital video. The program meets its mission by providing students with aesthetic and design awareness, technical skills and lifelong learning strategies that will assist them in launching their careers.

With a concentration in Visual Effects and Digital Video, students will explore the world of sound, digital video, advanced 3-D principles, and electives that will round out a strong expertise in visual effects and digital video.

Visual Effects & Digital Video graduates are prepared for a variety of challenging careers, including Production Artist Designer, Visual Effects Specialist, Broadcast Designer, Digital Artist, Camera Operator, and Production Assistant.

Monrovia, CA
Mt. Sierra College
American Career Institute
American Career Institute

Digital Gaming Design Training

If you have a love for technology, video game design and 3-D animation, our Digital Gaming Design program is just for you!

Our training allows students to use their creativity and technology skills to turn design hobbies into a career. We provide you with the latest training and equipment at our Maryland and Massachusetts game design schools. That's why we offer you the latest in hands-on video game design technology training.

Once you enroll in Digital Gaming Design at ACI you'll learn a valuable foundation in graphic design and move into 3-D animation and character and object development. Our 3-D and game designer program allows you to learn how to create three-dimensional worlds with animated characters for today's most popular gaming platforms.

The ACI Digital Gaming Design program introduces you to a variety of exciting careers, such as:

  • •Video game designer
  • •Particle systems artist
  • •3-D animator
  • •3-D effects artist
  • •Plus many more

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Digital Game Design jobs are expected to grow by 29% through 2018.* Now is the time to break into this popular career!

Cambridge, MA American Career Institute
Keiser University
American Career Institute

Video Game Design Major

Program Description

Keiser University's Associate of Science in Video Game Design presents the processes and skills required to perform game design and development. Students are immersed in creative and conceptual areas such as character development, 3-D modeling and animation, game documentation, game balance, interactive story telling and interface development.

Design program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University's mission and its objectives.

To develop a student's ability to demonstrate knowledge of computer-based 3-D modeling, animation theory and techniques, level design and architecture, texturing and lighting

To prepare graduates for jobs as entry-level game programmers, modelers, animators, level designers, texture mappers and story developers

To develop a student's ability to think critically and communicate effectively

To assist students with development of programming languages and game engines

Daytona Beach, FL Keiser University
Coleman University

Game Programming Development and Design

Offered at the San Diego campus.

This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the area of computer game programming, development, and design.

The successful graduate will be able to effectively apply standard programming concepts, including sound and graphics, in a console/computer game setting; create and utilize a framework for designing console/computer games; build and animate three-dimensional models; and apply the preceding as part of a group to create a comprehensive one-level game.

These objectives will provide our graduates with a firm grasp of the skills, knowledge, and abilities that are demanded by businesses in the computer/console gaming industry. Students will combine back-end programming and networking solutions with realistic multimedia interaction to satisfy the consumer's demand for exceptional game-playing experiences.

San Diego, CA Coleman University
8888 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA
CDI College

3D Modeling Animation Art & Design

There is growing demand for skilled 3D modelers and animators for film, TV, and video game design. CDI's 3D Modeling Animation Art & Design program gives you a solid foundation in the artistic and technical skills you need to thrive in these competitive industries.

The program teaches key concepts like video game design programs, 3D modeling software, colour theory, life drawing, and other design fundamentals. Students will put their skills to use in the the production and animation of lighting, texturing, characters, layout and design. Graduates of this program will have built a strong portfolio that they can use to launch their careers in animation and design.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of CGI based industries.

"The staff in Employment Services was very supportive and made sure that the students had the ability to produce a strong resume and to perform a thorough job search. Overall, I would recommend this college to anyone because of the high standards set by all staff." - Patrick S. CDI College graduate

Job Opportunities

Game development companies
Computer animation studios
Special effects and post-production
Industrial design firms
Software producers

Pointe-Claire, QC CDI College
Pointe-Claire, QC
Animation Mentor
The Animation Mentor curriculum has been designed by professionals, working at the top animation studios in the industry, focusing 100% on character animation. This gives our curriculum a "real world" insight into what studios are looking for in new animation talent. At Animation Mentor, students are mentored one-on-one by professional animators from major studios. Our approach prepares students with the skills and attitude they need to take into the studio arena. Our online campus is built with a studio focus in mind, allowing our students to get comfortable with the many challenges and opportunities they will experience when working in a studio environment.

Admissions: 510.450.7200 (US) and 1.877.326.4628 (international)

All Classes are Online Animation Mentor
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Entertainment Design
The film and game industries aren't what they used to be. Thanks to the nonstop advances in modern technology, CG films are on the rise, the game universe is rapidly expanding and the entire field of visual entertainment is being blown wide open. It's a world of endless possibility, and illustrators are suddenly finding themselves playing a major role in shaping its future. They are now an integral part of the creative process, collaborating with writers and directors to create entire worlds for games, and their visionary ideas are a driving force behind the inception and creation of films. Art Center is on the cutting edge of these exciting changes. Anticipating rapid changes in today's entertainment industry, the College recenlty restructured its Film and Illustration Departments. The Illustration Department now specializes in two entertainment tracks - the Arts Track and the newly-launched Entertainment Design Track. Students learn to work in a collaborative environment, to see the big picture and to fully understand the new interdisciplinary way of filmmaking. The world is changing fast, and Art Center is providing the talent and resources to not only keep up, but to raise the visual bar to new levels.

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Pasadena, California Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Savannah College of Art and Design
SCAD animation program
The SCAD animation program has been ranked among the top three animation programs in North America by 3D World magazine.

Industry-standard Tools
Including After Effects, Premiere, Flipbook, Flash and Dreamweaver; Autodesk Maya; Anime Studio; Apple Shake; and Pixar RenderMan. School of Film and Digital Media resources also include a Vicon motion capture system.

SCAD, Savannah, Gary Goldman, animationGary Goldman is Winter Quarter Guest Animation Faculty Member Legendary animator Gary Goldman, best known for his work on such animated classics as "The Secret of N.I.M.H." (1982) and "All Dogs Go To Heaven" (1989), and the video games "Dragon's Lair" (1983) and "Space Ace" (1983), will join SCAD as artist-in-residence, teaching traditional 2-D animation.
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Savannah, GA Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31402
(912) 525-5100 Request a Brochure >
Johns Hopkins University
Multimedia & Web Design, 3D Design, Animation Design

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Baltimore, MD
Columbia, MD
Johns Hopkins University Request a Brochure >
Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)offers certificate programs in Computer Graphics. One area of concentration is in Computer Animation and Video. It is for students who wish to pursue careers in film , entertainment, special effects, game design and broadcast design. Study focuses on the creation and design of time-based media. Choose to focus on a variety of areas, including 2D and 3D animation,including traditional animation, digital video, and broadcast design. Students study the choreography and design of complex animated sequences, with topics including creation of titling sequences, editing, compositing, modeling, rendering, and animation. Final projects are edited to form a demo reel portfolio.
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New York, NY Pratt Institute
144 West 14th St.
Room 209
New York, NY

212 647.7199 Request a Brochure >
AGA Digital Studios, Inc.
Character Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art, Workshops, Private Training.
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Schaumburg, IL AGA Digital Studios, Inc.
1305 Wiley Road
Schaumburg, IL

847-755-4488 Request a Brochure >
University of Texas at Dallas
Arts and Technology

Cartooning, Character Animation, Experimental Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Multimedia/Games, Web Graphics/Design, Web Animation, Performance Animation, Animation History/Theory.
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Richardson, TX University of Texas at Dallas
Arts and Technology

POB 830688, JO 31
Richardson, TX

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California State University Fullerton
BFA Entertainment Art/Animation

The Mission of the Entertainment Art/Animation program is to provide students with conceptual understanding, technical skills, practical experience, and opportunities to explore the art of animation; to be successful entertainers, communicators and storytellers with a focus on character animation.
Fullerton, CA USA CSU Fullerton
Visual Arts Department
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA
California College of the Arts
Animation BFA

The Animation Program curriculum explores time-based motion and form, combining traditional character animation with a more experimental, interdisciplinary approach. Students begin the program by studying shifting weight, locomotion, characterization, timing, and emotional expression through traditional drawing and filmmaking courses.

Students later apply their skills to a wide variety of individual and collaborative cinematic projects, including in-depth character studies, film production, interactive media, motion graphics, narrative storytelling, and video.

The program's framework is centered on the idea of multiple iterations—designing and creating films frequently and with variety—as opposed to focusing on a single finished piece.
Oakland, CA
San Francisco, CA USA
California College of the Arts
Enrollment Services Office
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247
Phone: 800.447.1ART
California Institute of the Arts
Character Animation BFA

The Program in Character Animation is designed for students who seek an understanding of the art of character performance and storytelling in animation. It provides comprehensive artistic and technical training to help each student to develop as a fully-fledged animation artist within both the traditional and computer-generated (CG) animation environments. To best instruct, guide and mentor students, the program features a faculty of experienced professionals who work at the forefront of traditional, CG and independent animation.
Valencia, CA USA California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy,
Valencia, CA 91355
Living Arts College


Students around the world look to this boutique-like, creative animation school for a highly specialized education. They excel with their real-world production experience including:

  • Go beyond theory and assignments ... to real world production
  • Gain core animation modeling skill sets
  • Move to essential animation keyframing ... and beyond with real content
  • Expand production know-how into GAMING PRODUCTION
  • Add dynamic MOTION GRAPHICS experience for special /FX
  • Enjoy a special advantage with advanced INTERNET PRODUCTION KNOW-HOW
  • Find out why Living Arts College Animation Graduates have the CREATIVE ADVANTAGE

Raleigh, NC Living Arts College
3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
Rasmussen College

Digital Design and Animation Bachelor Degree

Creative. Visionary. Insightful. These are all descriptions of a good candidate for the Digital Design and Animation specialization student. Students will take courses in drawing, design, art theory, and 3-D arts and animation. Plus, students will have the opportunity to create art projects both digitally and by hand. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as a graphic designer, a video game artist, and illustrator, or in an advertising career.

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