All but one school based in or near Henderson, NV, that offer computer animation degree programs are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction, school type and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the Henderson area for computer animation studies:
- Winner: The College of Southern Nevada is the only public school within 25 miles of Henderson, NV, that provides programs in computer animation. It is also the largest school in terms of enrollment in the area with these programs. Students can choose from two certificate programs or an associate's degree program in this field of study.
School Info Chart
|Category||College of Southern Nevada|
|Distinction||Largest higher education institution in Nevada*|
|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,700 (in-state); $9,345 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Animation Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Computer Animation Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||11**|
|Most Popular Computer Animation Award in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (8 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||9% (only 17% of entering students were considered 'full-time, first-time' in 2013)**|
|Noteworthy||Continually changing graphic communications curriculum allows studies to remain consistent with advances in technology and the industry*|
Sources: *College of Southern Nevada; **NCES College Navigator
College of Southern Nevada
- Day and evening classes offered
- Internship opportunities in graphic communications available
- Students have unscheduled access to open lab computers in Interactive Learning Centers
The College of Southern Nevada enrolls more than 34,000 undergraduate students, mainly in associate degree and certificate programs. The school consists of three main campuses in the greater Las Vegas area in addition to nine academic and learning centers. The Department of Media Technology is a part of the college's School of Advanced and Applied Technologies. It offers a variety of programs in videography and film, photography, and computer graphics.
Students of the Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Communications program develop a solid groundwork through general education requirements in subjects like communications, English, mathematics and humanities. They then learn to use graphics and multimedia software to foster skills in illustration, design and animation. Courses included in this associate degree program cover topics such as rendering and illustration, computer animation and digital video editing.
In the Certificate of Achievement in Animation Design program, students gain significant knowledge of graphic technology software and design, illustration and animation skills. The certificate of achievement program has fewer special program requirements, and only one general education credit for communication. Courses include computer graphics and digital media, Web animation and interactivity, and design fundamentals.