Missouri students who want to study animation can find about seven public and private non-profit schools with relevant programs; the state also has for-profit schools with animation programs. At the non-profit schools, some programs may be in fields other than animation while still offering animation classes. Animation is offered in both undergraduate degree and certificate forms. Some non-degree program credits may transfer to a degree program. In addition, some programs may also be open to high school students. Students in an animation degree program should expect to complete an internship, project or research. Read on for overviews of the aforementioned seven schools and the animation coursework they offer.
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)
The BFA in Animation program at Kansas City's KCAI can prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in the animation field. The curriculum incorporates hands-on learning through studio work, and students can expect to take classes in animation history, animation foundations and drawing. The school hosts visiting artists and other animation professionals who may serve as mentors. Students may participate in workshops and personal evaluations, and they can also learn relevant industry software, including Maya, After Effects and Premiere. In their senior year, students complete an animation project. Upon graduation, they can expect to leave with portfolios that can aid them in their employment search. Graduates may also be prepared for advanced degree programs in animation or a related field.
Missouri State University - West Plains (MSU - West Plains)
MSU's campus in West Plains doesn't offer a degree program directly in animation, but students can take various animation classes while majoring in computer graphics and programming. The program offers concentrations in game development and Web development. Animation classes are found in the game development track and may cover basic and advanced 3-D animation, computer modeling and character animation.
Missouri State University - Springfield (MSU - Springfield)
The Springfield campus of MSU has an interdisciplinary bachelor's program in electronic arts that incorporates computer animation classes, among others. The program consists of 37 major-related credits; these credits include 19 credits of core classes taken by all electronic arts majors and 18 credits of courses in a specific area, such as audio, video, computer animation or multimedia studies. While the majority of animation classes are found in the computer animation option, students can take a computer animation course within the multimedia studies and video tracks. Electronic arts majors can take advantage of the university's facilities, which include Mac and PC labs with various animation and editing software applications, such as Avid, Maya, Flash and After Effects.
Missouri Western State University (MWSU)
Saint Joseph's MWSU has a digital animation BFA program. Admission into the program requires students to obtain at least a 2.5 GPA in three courses, including techniques and tools, fundamental drawing and 2-D design. Classes cover animation basics, character animation, 3-D computer modeling and lighting. An independent study course requires students to complete a project or conduct research.
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
Eolia is home to this technical school that offers animation classes in its digital design program. The program is open to adult students and high school juniors and seniors. It can be completed in one year of full-time study. During that time, students can learn about website design, animation, digital media and marketing, as well as how to use computer applications and digital video equipment. Credits earned may transfer to an associate's program at St. Charles Community College.
St. Charles Community College (SCCC)
Students in Cottleville can find animation classes within the computer science certificate and associate's programs at SCCC. In the Associate of Applied Science program in Multimedia and Web Design, students complete a Web animation course and can choose an elective in 3-D animation. The school also has several certificate programs that allow students to take at least one animation course. Students in these programs may learn to develop websites and/or multimedia presentations using animation techniques.
Saint Louis is home to Webster University, where an animation certificate and bachelor's program are offered. The 21-credit certificate program is open to all non-animation majors. Students complete four required courses covering animation principles, animation history and narrative development; they also take nine credits of animation-related electives. Students in the bachelor's program may learn about narratives, movement, drawing and characterization. They take the same classes as those required in the certificate program, as well as courses in character development, storyboarding and media production, among others. Upper-level students also complete an internship or a senior review.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Animation Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Kansas City Art Institute||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation||$38,400*|
|Missouri State University - West Plains||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Computer Graphics and Programming||$4,305 in-state; $8,355 out-of-state*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||4-year, public; midsized city||Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts||$7,376 in-state; $15,326 out-of-state*|
|Missouri Western State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation||$7,960 in-state; $13,835 out-of-state*|
|Pike-Lincoln Technical Center||Less-than 2-year, public; remote rural||Digital design program||$12,500*|
|St. Charles Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate of Achievement in Multimedia,
Certificate of Specialization in Multimedia,
Certificate of Specialization in Web Development ,
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science - Multimedia and Web Design
|$2,664 in-district; $3,888 in-state; $5,376 out-of-state*|
|Webster University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Certificate in Animation Production,
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
Sources: *NCES College Navigator