Top Tallahassee Graphic Design & Animation Degree Programs

There are only a few schools in the Tallahassee area that offer programs in studio art and animation. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

The two colleges in the Tallahassee area are both public. Based on the extensive facilities and its national ranking, the following school is considered a top school for studio art and animation:

  • Winner: Florida State University is a 4-year, public school that is a public research institute in the state capital of Tallahassee. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Arts - Animation and Digital Arts Concentration.

Category Florida State University
Rankings #43 (tied) Top Public Schools (2015)**
Location Tallahassee, Florida
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $6,507 (in-state), $21,673 (out-of-state)*
Studio Art Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Studio Art Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013-2014 137*
Most Popular Studio Art Degree Program Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (129 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 77%*
Noteworthy Students have access to Mac computer classrooms***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Florida State University

Florida State University

  • Digital+Forms focus lets students take advantage of 3D modeling
  • Current computing facilities help students with game design, software art and interface design
  • Animation and Digital Arts focus lets students explore live action production

Established in 1854, Florida State University is home to 41,477 students as of 2013. It is recognized for its diversity and African-American graduation rate. The Department of Art contains eight facilities, and faculty members have specializations in digital imaging and digital art.

The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, which is a 120-credit hour program. Sixteen foundational credit hours must be completed, which include courses like success strategies, drawing foundations, digital foundations and 3D foundations. Students can choose different focus areas, such as digital+forms. This focus emphasizes the use of rapid prototyping to develop and realize sculptural forms. Students get to manipulate objects via software.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is also available, which provides intensive studies into theoretical knowledge and professional skills. This is a proficiency-based program, and students have the ability to request a personal studio space. Sixteen credit hours must be completed in foundation courses, and 36-credit hours must be completed in liberal studies. Students in this program can choose between different focuses - such as interactive media. This focus revolves around web-based and responsive artworks.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Arts with a Concentration in Animation and Digital Arts is also available. The program is built on a film school model, where students are equipped with a foundation in traditional film-making. At the end of the course, students must complete a thesis film.

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