Schools in Buffalo, NY, with Animation Programs
Students have limited choices when looking for animation degree programs in the Buffalo, NY, area. This article provides an overview of three schools that are within 40 miles from downtown.
- Located 6.6 miles from Buffalo's downtown in the suburb of Amherst, NY, Daemon College houses animation facilities, which include 3-D studios, an editing room, a screening room and more. This 4-year college is the most expensive option.
- SUNY at Fredonia, located nearly in the town of Fredonia, NY, some 40 miles from downtown Buffalo, is the least expensive option.
- Just 7 miles from downtown Buffalo, Villa Maria College has the smallest student population. This 4-year school also boasts small class sizes. Students take part in an internship which is required for graduation.
Comparison of Schools
The table below lists tuition costs, size of enrollment and other information for all three schools.
|Daemon College||SUNY at Fredonia||Villa Maria College|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,635*||4,630*||596*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Distant town||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$27,990*||$8,286 in-state; $17,936 out-of-state*||$22,080*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||100%*||96%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||49%*||65%*||81%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||77% for full-time students*||78% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*||61% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||55%*||63% (31% transfer-out rate)*||42% (2% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Daemon College allows students to develop hands-on skills through classroom activities and internship opportunities. Prior to completing their educations, students are required to create and submit a professional portfolio that exemplifies their animation skills. Before students can graduate, they must participate in a senior exhibit and submit a senior project.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation
This program takes students about four years to complete. During their studies, students may encounter courses covering animation history, lighting and dynamics, character design, Maya, particle effects and storyboarding. Students can also choose between the 2-D or 3-D animation concentrations.
SUNY at Fredonia
SUNY at Fredonia provides the majority of skills development through in-class training. Students also have the opportunity to participate in internships and study abroad opportunities. A capstone and studio project are required prior to graduation.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Illustration
This program asks students to pass foundation courses in visual concepts, drawing, experimental video, 2-D form, art history and 3-D form. Major-related courses cover topics in 3-D modeling and animation, figure modeling, illustration, 2-D animation and photography. Students can usually complete this program in about four years.
Villa Maria College
Many of this school's animation courses focus on hands-on training. During the last half of the animation program, students are required to complete a film pre-production thesis, group film production project and senior capstone thesis. Students are also required to participate in an internship.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation
Students can finish this program in four years. Courses offered include 2-D and 3-D animation, pre-production, computer animation, professional practices, motion graphics and editing and a junior project. Some of the other required courses include acting, animation history, art history and film history.