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List of Video Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Video animation programs are available at both public and private schools. Find out more about schools that provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs in this field.

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Relevant educational programs for aspiring video animators can be found at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can find programs specifically in animation, or they may pursue studies in the field within broader film or virtual design programs.

Schools with Video Animation Programs

Here are some schools at which students can get training in animation:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 4-year, Private not for profit Bachelor's $5,150
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $50,277
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,618 in-state, $16,978 out-of-state
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $37,124
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,153 in-state, $24,977 out-of-state
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state
University of Idaho Moscow, ID 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,020 in-state, $21,024 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School and College Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for video animation schools:

  • Students may want to find out about the studio and computer lab facilities at the school, in order to ensure that they have access to industry-standard equipment, materials and software applications.
  • For those who want to specialize in a particular type of animation, it can be helpful to find out whether the school allows students to declare formal concentrations.
  • Prospective students may want to find out if the school facilitates internship opportunities with animation companies, which can provide hands-on experience and allow students to build professional connections in the field.
  • It can also be helpful to find out where graduates of the program go on to work, as this can give students an idea of whether the program provides the necessary training for their dream career.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

At the bachelor's degree level, students can find Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs offered specifically in animation. These programs combine studies in art and technology; students hone their skills in hand drawing and/or 3D modeling while also gaining experience with specialized animation software. At some schools, students may be required to specialize in either 2D or 3D animation. Alternatively, it is possible to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film and Media Arts with an emphasis in animation, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Virtual Design. These programs include animation training within wider-ranging academic programs.

Master's Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in animation provide advanced technical training in the artistic aspects of animation. Students may be required to choose an animation specialization, such as 2D, 3D or stop motion, and some schools include film history and business courses in the curriculum. Prior to graduation, students must complete a final project or thesis. Depending on the school, these programs take two or three years to complete.

Bachelor's and master's degree programs in animation and related fields can be found at public and private schools around the country. Students should consider degree and specialization options as well as school facilities when choosing between programs.

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