Animation Career Training in Charlotte, NC with Course Descriptions

Students interested in animation courses can find them at five colleges in the Charlotte, NC, area. Learn about the programs and requirements for three of those schools, located within 10 miles of downtown, to see which one is right for you.

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Charlotte Schools with Animation Programs

Since there aren't any animation-specific programs in the Charlotte, NC, area, students may want to focus on other programs with animation-related coursework. There are multiple schools within 20 minutes of the city center. Review the table featuring a variety of school stats, and then read about the coursework requirements for the three featured institutions. A couple of alternative college options are discussed as well.

  • Central Piedmont Community College is the closest option to downtown Charlotte at just under two miles away. The school offers certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs in simulation and game development.
  • Located roughly three miles from the center of the city, Queens University of Charlotte has the smallest student population. It offers a new media design bachelor's degree and undergraduate minor.
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, situated about nine miles from downtown, has two bachelor's-level programs in related fields.

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Comparison of Schools

School type and tuition costs often correlate, as you can see from this table below. Discover even more details about the three colleges by taking a glance over the following facts and figures.

Central Piedmont Community College Queens University of Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 19,957* 2,248* 27,238*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,664 in-state; $8,808 out-of-state* $32,560* $6,532 in-state; $19,703 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 72%* 99%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admission 78%* 64%*
Retention Rate (2014) 55% for full-time students* 73% for full-time students* 82% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 11% (Students began in 2011)* 62% (Students began in 2008)* 55% (Students began in 2008)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Central Piedmont Community College

Although most of this school's training occurs in the classroom, students can expect that a majority of their training will be hands-on. In order to graduate from the simulation and game development associate's degree program, students need to develop and submit a project.

Simulation and Game Development Certificate

This school offers 2 simulation and game development certificate levels. In the first level, students can learn design techniques, programming and game development basics. The required modeling course may appeal to students interested in animating and designing computer-generated characters. The second level includes courses covering advanced concepts of topics covered in the first certificate level and a game engine course.

Simulation and Game Development Diploma

This program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours for completion. Many of the courses covered in this program can be found in both simulation and game development certificate levels. In addition to some general education courses, students need to pass courses in wireless and mobile programming.

Associate in Applied Science in Simulation and Game Development

In this 69-credit hour program, students must pass all courses found in the diploma program. Students must also complete more general education courses, a 3-D modeling course and related technical elective courses. If students are interested in animation, they may want to concentrate their studies in character development and 3-D modeling.

Queens University of Charlotte

In addition to courses focusing on theoretical concepts, this school provides hands-on training through laboratory and practical application courses. At the end of the new media design bachelor's degree program, students are required to participate in a senior critique course.

Bachelor of Arts in New Media Design

This program focuses on motion graphics and animation, graphic design, 2-D design, digital illustration, interactive design, digital photography and typography. Students may encounter additional courses covering art criticism, art concepts, art history, photography history, printmaking and painting. In addition to general education requirements, students are required to complete 42 credit hours of major-related coursework.

New Media Design Minor

A total of 18 credit hours are needed to complete this minor. Required courses include design history, digital photography, graphics design fundamentals and art history. Students can also choose to complete courses in motion graphics and animation, typography, interactive design and digital illustration.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

This school's art programs can help develop skills through a combination of in-class and hands-on training. Students interested in professional development can earn college credit for completing an internship. Both programs offered at this school require 120 credit hours for graduation. Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) students are also required to complete 2 related project courses. Before students can graduate from the B.F.A. program, they need to participate in a senior exhibition and submit their work portfolio for review.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

This program requires students to complete 39 credit hours of art coursework. Required courses include art history, 3-D and 2-D design, conceptual practices and drawing. Students can choose to fulfill additional credit hour requirements by completing digital media courses in animation and interactivity, interactive art and design, digital art and video art.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in Digital Media

B.F.A. students must complete 80 credit hours of art coursework. Many of the same required and digital media courses found in the Bachelor of Arts program are required in this program. Students must also complete related introductory and advanced studio courses.

Other Schools

Students can also seek animation-related training about 40 miles away at Stanly Community College and roughly 44 miles away at South Piedmont Community College.

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