Top School in Austin for a Computer Animation Degree

Many schools in the Austin, TX, area have top ranking computer animation programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for computer animation, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

There are about 15 universities, 2-year colleges and for-profit schools with programs related to computer animation within 100 miles of Austin, TX. Based on school ranking, levels of animation programs available and number of graduate degrees conferred, the following university is considered a top school in the Austin area for computer animation studies:

  • Winner: Texas A&M University, located about 85 miles from Austin in College Station, is the largest school within 100 miles of Austin that offers degree programs relating to computer animation. It also awarded the highest number of master's degrees in this field of study during the 2012-2013 school year. The university offers Bachelor of Science in Visualization, Master of Science in Visualization and Master of Fine Arts in Visualization programs that include computer animation studies.

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Category Texas A&M University
Ranking #68 among Best National Universities (2015)*
Location College Station, Texas
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $8,506 (in-state); $25,126 (out-of-state)**
Computer Animation Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Computer Animation Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 62**
Most Popular Computer Animation Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (49 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 79%**
Noteworthy Among the five largest universities in the U.S.***; Master of Fine Arts in Visualization the only program of its kind offered in Texas and one of a few found in the U.S.***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

  • Internship opportunities available
  • Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on studio work
  • Students have access to darkrooms, videography studio and visualization lab

Texas A&M University is a 4-year public school located about 87 miles outside of Austin in the small town of College Station. The university was founded in 1976 and serves a population of nearly 56,000 graduate and undergraduate students per year. The Department of Visualization in the College of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that provide students with a technical understanding of animation while also preparing them for careers within the field of visual imaging.

The Bachelor of Science in Visualization program provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of art, design and technology. Students learn the artistic and technical skills necessary to create digital and animated images using a variety of images and techniques. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Visualization program take core courses in the program include 3D modeling and animation, videography, computer-aided sculpting, digital images and image synthesis. Students who choose to focus on animation can take electives in computer animation and facial modeling. Several of the same electives are offered in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visualization program. In addition to computer animation and facial modeling, students can choose from among classes in digital imaging, computer-aided sculpting and Web design.

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