Colleges with a Computer Animation Major: How to Choose

Undergraduate computer animation degree programs provide instruction in the use of computer hardware and software to design and create animated graphics and movies. Computer animation bachelor's degree programs are available at select schools throughout the country, and many are available online.

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Students pursuing a computer animation major can expect classes to focus on the use of creative computer animation in creating films, video games or Web content. Some institutions offer courses that focus on technical design, such as software and hardware used in architectural work, and some programs require students to choose a focus area, such as 3D animation, 3D modeling or game design.

Schools with Degrees in Computer Animation

The following 4-year institutions offer bachelor's degree programs in computer animation:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public $8,326 (In-state), $19,744 (Out-of-state)
Bringham Young University Provo, UT 4-year, Private $5,150
DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA 4-year, Private $27,800
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 4-year, Public $10,417 (In-state), $27,712 (Out-of-state)
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private $37,124
DePaul University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private $36,361
Bradley University Peoria, IL 4-year, Private $31,480
Daemen College Amherst, NY 4-year, Private $25,995
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public $10,970 (In-state), $17,562 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for a computer animation school:

  • When looking for schools, consider which area of animation you might want to concentrate on and make sure that there are classes available in your area of concentration.
  • Some animation schools will have affiliations with major animation festivals, so this is something to look for if you are interested in pursuing a career in the film industry.
  • Decide if the flexibility of an online program might be best for you, as some programs are available both online and on campus.
  • Students may want to look for programs with internships or other hands-on learning experiences for additional training.

Bachelor's Program in Computer Animation Overview

Programs are available as Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Exact coursework depends on the type of degree and concentration. Most programs include a senior project, and students graduate with a complete, critiqued portfolio of work. Coursework focuses on things like texture and lighting, storyboarding, drawing techniques and more.

Several private and public institutions across the country offer bachelor's degree programs in computer animation for interested students. When students are searching for a school and program to attend in the field, they should consider available concentrations, online availability and more.

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