Top Graphic Design and Animation Degrees - Jersey City, NJ

Many schools in the Jersey City, NJ, area have top ranking graphic design and animation programs. Find out more about what one of these top schools has to offer for these subjects, as well as tuition and degree information.

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While few schools located directly in Jersey City, NJ, offer programs in graphic design and animation, these studies can be found in many schools in nearby New York City and its boroughs. Based on ranking and student-to-faculty ratio, the following institution is considered a top school in the Jersey City area for graphic design and animation degree programs:

  • Winner: Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among all public and private nonprofit institutions in or within ten miles of Jersey City that provide studies in or relating to graphic design and animation. The school awards an associate's degree in graphic design as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in digital arts. A master's degree program in communication design is also offered.

School Info Chart

Category Pratt Institute
Ranking #19 (tie) Best Regional Universities in the North (2015)*
Location Brooklyn, New York
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $43,126**
Graphic Design and Animation Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's
Graphic Design and Animation Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 47**
Most Popular Graphic Design and Animation Degree in 2012-2013 Associate's (22 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 63%**
Noteworthy Graduate graphic design programs ranked #12 among national universities (2012)*; the school is accredited by and a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

  • 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • The facilities at Myrtle Hall, which houses the digital arts programs, include traditional animation studios, a Digital Arts Resource Center, a green screen studio and a digital arts gallery
  • Graphic design and animation studies include hands-on projects, studio courses, portfolio development and internship opportunities

The Pratt Institute is a 4-year, private school with its main campus in Brooklyn, NY, approximately five miles from Jersey City. It enrolls nearly 5,000 students each year. Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design has numerous degree programs, such as art history, film, fashion design, photography, communications design, digital arts and fine arts. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in graphic design, digital arts and communications design.

Students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design and Illustration program take liberal arts courses and can transfer their credits into one the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. In addition to general education requirements, students take courses in 3-D design, painting, drawing, photography, computer graphics and typography. In the Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) in Digital Design and Interactive Media program, students take many of the same courses as found in the AAS program, but this program is geared more toward preparing students for employment in the field rather than further studies.

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program with a concentration in 3-D animation and motion arts learn how current technology is used in forms of expression. Courses within this program cover character animation and design, motion dynamics, digital media audio and time-based narrative. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts with a concentration in 2-D animation program focuses more on animation production. Courses include experimental and stop motion animation, 2-D character animation, Flash for animation and the history of animation.

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Animation and Motion Arts program contains courses in motion graphics, live action, character design and special effects. Students can also compare 2-D and 3-D animation and how they relate to narrative and non-narrative films. Students in the Master of Science in Communications Design program learn about time-based media and how it relates to graphic design. They utilize computer applications to complete coursework in subjects like digital design, typography, interactive design and visual communication. Students must also complete a thesis before they graduate.

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