Schools with Motion Graphics Programs: How to Choose

Programs in motion graphics, also known as motion graphic design, instruct students in media, visual design and computer animation with the goal of preparing them for visual, graphic-related career opportunities. In general, these programs are technologically progressive and heavily computer-based, and some have faculty who are themselves professionals in the field.

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Motion graphics programs combine visual media and video arts into design-related degree programs. Students who complete an associate's degree may wish to consider the advantages of a bachelor's degree or even a master's degree in the fine arts.

Top Ten Schools Fine Arts Schools

These institutions offer fine arts, media arts, motion graphics and video, visual effects or comparable programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $38,700 In-state Graduate
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $12,763 In-state Undergraduate; $37,471 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $12,772 In-state Undergraduate; $10,710 In-state Graduate
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $45,840 In-state Undergraduate; $45,530 In-state Graduate
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $43,960 In-state Undergraduate; $45,810 In-state Graduate
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $50,665 In-state Undergraduate
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $42,280 Graduate
Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $33,406 Graduate
California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $43,986 In-state Undergraduate; $43,400 In-state Graduate
Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $43,870 In-state Undergraduate; $42,280 In-state Graduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

When choosing a motion graphics school there are several things to consider.

  • Students may want to consider program and/or class size when choosing a motion graphics school or program.
  • Some schools provide online motion graphics programs; however, computer equipment and software may be costly.
  • Sometimes, faculty members of a school work in the industry. This first-hand knowledge may be beneficial to students.
  • Students should consider the technology available in the school's program to ensure they're being trained on the latest equipment used in this industry.

Associate of Arts in Motion Graphics and Video

These programs include 1-2 years of education in motion graphic design and video arts.

In some cases, graduates of these programs will have a completed project or portfolio that showcases their work to prospective employers.

Bachelor of Science in Media Arts

Designed to support the development of students who want to enter visual media related careers, these programs educate students in motion graphic design, videography and more.

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Effects

These programs are typically geared toward graduates of bachelor's degree programs in motion graphic design. Visual effects is one of the more common focus areas available for students at this level.

There are a number of public and private institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of relevant subjects for those who want to specialize in motion graphics. Cost, location and the degree levels, as well as the program curriculum, may influence the program choice.

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