Out of Nebraska's various public and private not-for-profit schools, there are only a few institutions that offer programs with animation training. Since there aren't many Nebraska schools with animation-specific programs, students may need to enroll in programs that offer animation-related courses or concentrations. In Nebraska, these programs are offered mostly by 4-year schools at the undergraduate level. Students may need to provide work samples in order to gain admittance. In addition, credits from an associate's degree program may be transferable to a bachelor's degree program. The following are brief overviews of the five schools that offer animation coursework, as well as a table comparing the program offerings and tuition info.
Metropolitan Community College
Various relevant courses can be found at Metropolitan Community College's Elkhorn Valley campus via its Associate of Arts in Arts degree program. 2-D Design and 3-D Design are two of those courses. An Associate of Applied Science in Video/Audio Communications Arts also offers courses in digital photography, design for motion graphics, and digital media editing.
University of Nebraska - Kearney
The 120-credit hour multimedia bachelor's degree programs offered at this public institution in Kearney combine art, computer science and journalism training. Students encounter topics in communication law, database systems, developing Web applications, graphic design, media writing and typography. Animation courses provide the chance to bring drawings to life, prepare animations for copyright and develop storyboards. Advanced animation courses have students create cell animations that last 10-30 seconds.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
A 120-credit hour film and new media emphasis can be found through the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at this state university's Lincoln Campus. References, creative work samples and a resume are necessary for program consideration.
Required courses include theatre basics, film and theatre design, screenwriting, film production, acting, digital portfolio development and technical theatre practice. Students who wish to concentrate their studies in animation can complete elective courses in digital animation, motion graphics and visual effects. Other electives cover sound design, film lighting, film theory, film writing, directing and post-production. A capstone project is also required.
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Situated in Omaha, this public university offers a 120-credit hour studio arts B.A. program, and a 78-credit hour studio arts B.F.A. program. Both programs have concentrations in two dimensional arts, three dimensional arts, and graphic design. The B.A. program also has a concentration in media arts.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Animation Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bellevue University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Game Studies||$7,827*|
|Metropolitan Community College||2-year, public; large city|| AA in Arts Courses: 2-D, 3-D Design, Digital Design, Visual Arts
Associate in Applied Science in Video/Audio Communications Arts
|$3,105 in-state; $4,545 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska - Kearney||4-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia,
Bachelor of Science in Multimedia
|$7,512 in-state; $13,742 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska - Lincoln||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre - Film and New Media||$9,242 in-state; $25,038 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska - Omaha||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in Two Dimensional Arts, Three Dimensional Arts, Graphic Design, and Media Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in Two Dimensional Arts, Three Dimensional Arts, and Graphic Design
|$7,790 in-state; $20,764 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.