Top Computer Animation School - Long Beach, CA

Students interested in studying computer animation in the Long Beach area have few schools to choose from. Read about the top schools' degree programs, ranking and tuition info to help you decide on the school for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are three schools offering computer animation-related programming within a 15-mile radius of Long Beach. Two are 2-year community colleges and the other is a private, not-for-profit 4-year university. Based upon national rankings, programs offered and animation facilities, the following is regarded as being the top local school for studying computer animation:

  • Winner: University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC) is a highly ranked university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in animation and digital arts. USC offers its students a wide variety of advantages, both in terms of faculty and facilities.

School Info Chart

Category University of Southern California
Rankings #25 (tie) Best National Universities, #50 Best Global Universities, #36 (tie) Graduate Fine Arts Programs, #8 Graduate Multimedia and Visual Design Programs*
Location Los Angeles, CA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $46,298**
Animation and Digital Arts Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Animation and Digital Arts Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 26**
Most Popular Animation and Digital Arts Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (14 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 91%**
Noteworthy Six arts schools; Award-winning faculty with broad-based industry experience

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report (2015), **NCES College Navigator

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University of Southern California

  • The cinematic arts school has cutting-edge facilities that include an animation library, research center, advanced software and computer labs, stop motion stages and drawing rooms
  • Animation students have the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy, for a semester
  • The animation and digital arts division features an internship opportunity in Tokyo

USC is home to more than 40,000 students, including nearly 9,000 international students. During the 2012-2013 academic year, USC conferred more than 13,000 degrees and currently has a living alumni totaling nearly 370,000 people, the majority of whom reside in California. USC hosts nearly 900 different student groups, including a professional cinema fraternity (Delta Kappa Alpha) and the Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA).

The School of Cinematic Arts houses the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, which offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in animation and digital arts. The BA program includes coursework in animation techniques and history, as well as the art of movement. BA students are required to complete a senior project, which can be either an internship or a directed studies course. The MFA program includes required courses such as storytelling and the animation business. The MFA can be completed in 3 years, with the last year being devoted to the required thesis.

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