Long Beach Schools with Animation Programs
There are several schools that offer animation programs in the Long Beach area. This article examines three that are within about a half-hour drive of downtown. It explores the certificate and degree programs each school offers and presents a table of data that prospective students should be aware of, such as school type, enrollment, tuition and percentage of students who graduate. Information about a few more Long Beach-area schools with animation studies is at the end of the article.
- El Camino Community College District has a certificate and an associate's degree program with concentrations in animation. It is about 11 miles from downtown Long Beach.
- Loyola Marymount University offers a bachelor's program in animation for students who seek a liberal arts education in conjunction with animation training. This school is approximately 18 miles from the heart of Long Beach.
- An award-winning animation certificate program with four tracks is available at Santa Ana College, which is around 20 miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information that prospective students can use as they decide on their training.
|El Camino Community College District||Loyola Marymount University||Santa Ana College|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)||24,223*||9,822*||27,052*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||$1,144 in-state; $6,880 out-of-state*||$50,683*||$1,160 in-state; $8,360 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2018-2019)||70%*||93%*||89%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2019)||Open admissions*||44%*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2018)||77% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||89% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||35% (10% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2016)*||80% (for those who began their studies in 2013)*||28% (8% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2013)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
El Camino Community College District
This community college offers two undergraduate programs for aspiring animators. The Certificate of Achievement focuses solely on animation, while the associate's degree program includes general education courses. Graduates of the degree program may also transfer to a 4-year institution.
Certificate of Achievement in Digital Arts with a Computer Animation Concentration
Students study foundational principles of art, drawing and design. Required courses in 3-D computer animation, digital art, multimedia design and digital video design train students in animation basics. A portfolio and career development class provides additional preparation for the workplace.
Associate in Arts in Studio Art with a Computer Animation Concentration
This associate's degree program provides a concentration in computer animation. Students take courses similar to the ones offered in the certificate program, like 3-D animation and multimedia design. They also take general education classes in areas such as the natural sciences, social/behavioral science, humanities, language, physical education and mathematics.
Loyola Marymount University
Students at Loyola Marymount University can pursue a bachelor's degree in animation. Admission to the program is competitive, and students must submit a portfolio during the application process. Additionally, all applicants must demonstrate artistic and technical skills in life drawing, storyboarding and relevant computer programs.
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
This 4-year program trains students in traditional and computer animation. Students also study multimedia and alternative animation techniques. Specific courses include drawing, beginning animation, intermediate animation, digital toolbox, 3-D computer animation, figure drawing and advanced animation. Students also develop and animate a collaborative thesis film or project, as well as complete a portfolio and animation reel.
Santa Ana College
This college provides an animation certificate program that has won multiple awards from the California Community Colleges and Workforce Program's Media Arts Award Competition. Classes are taught by industry professionals, and the advisory committee includes professionals from Pixar, DreamWorks, Blizzard and Lucas Films, who have approved the school's curriculum.
3-D Modeling and Animation Certificate
Students can choose from one of three emphasis areas in this certificate program: art, video game/interactive media art and previsualization. The art emphasis area requires courses in drawing, Photoshop, cartooning, storyboarding and 3-D animation. The video game/interactive media art track has courses in art production for video games, Web design with Flash and 3-D commercial applications. Finally, the previsualization track offers courses in drawing, digital media arts, 3-D animation and realism creation with textures/lights.
Other School Options
Animation courses are also offered at Long Beach City College, located 6.3 miles from the downtown area, and Cypress College, situated 9.5 miles from Long Beach's downtown. A computer animation/multimedia certificate program is also available at Fullerton College located 16.6 miles from downtown. Santa Monica College, Rio Hondo College and East Los Angeles College all offer animation programs in the area as well.