Adult Education Programs in Animation

Adults can continue their interest in animation by enrolling in an independent class or certificate program. Read more about the content and requirements of these education options ahead.

Several schools in the country offer adult and continuing education courses and programs in animation and related art fields. Learn about some of the best options for students to consider.

Schools and Programs

Without having to spend an exorbitant amount of time earning a degree, adults can develop animation skills by enrolling in workshops, certificate programs, and continuing education classes. Adult education programs in animation are offered at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. More information is featured below.

Schools At a Glance

School of Visual Arts

  • This college is located in New York, NY.
  • A 4-year private, most courses are offered on-campus.

Rhode Island School of Design

  • This private 4-year school is in Providence, RI.
  • The majority of classes will be on-campus.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

  • This school is located in Minneapolis, MN.
  • This 4-year private school offers both on-campus and online programs.

The School of Visual Arts

Courses in animation are offered through the School of Visual Arts' Continuing Education department. Topics include character development, composition and design, digital story-boarding, stop-play, and digital compositing.

Rhode Island School of Design

The Continuing Education department at the Rhode Island School of Design offers programs in animation. The animation and video certificate includes courses on topics including videography, screenwriting, digital video production, and special effects. A final project will be conducted.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Several continuing education courses relevant to animators exist at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, some of which can be taken online. An introduction to stop-motion animation course is available, teaching students the history and techniques used in creating this kind of art. A weeklong intensive course about comic art and animation is available to high school students, covering various techniques used in each and studying the overlap between them. A basic animation course is also offered, providing students the opportunity to learn about different styles of animation. The course culminates with students creating their own animation to show the class at the end of the program. General art classes like figure drawing and design innovation can help animators improve on their style and skill.

The School of Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design are three options students can look into for continuing education in animation. There are several options for different styles and opportunities for hands-on training at each.


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