School and Ranking Information
Quite a few schools in the greater Tampa area offer video graphics courses, including many for-profit colleges, a few community colleges and one private not-for-profit university. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered the best in the area for video graphics courses:
- Winner: Ringling College of Art and Design is the only private, nonprofit school in the area with video graphics courses, and it's located roughly 40 miles from Tampa. The college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in computer animation, game art, and motion design, all of which offer video graphics courses.
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School Info Chart
|Category||Ringling College of Art and Design|
|Rankings||#2 digital arts college program*|
|School Type||Private, non-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-15)||$40,040**|
|Computer Animation/Video Graphics Degrees Offered||Bachelor's***|
|Computer Animation/Video Graphics Degrees Awarded (all levels) in (2012-13)||64***|
|Most Popular Computer Animation/Video Graphics Degree Level in 2012-13||Bachelor's***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||65%***|
|Noteworthy||Most Wired Campus in the U.S.**|
Sources: *Imagine FX Magazine, **U.S. News and World Report, ***NCES College Navigator
Ringling College of Art and Design
- Recognized as one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the nation
- The college has a better than 2:1 student-to-computer ratio
- Alumni have worked on famous Hollywood films, including The Life of Pi
Ringling College of Art and Design has been on the cutting edge of education in the visual arts since opening its doors in 1931. Each student receives a free Mac laptop while they are enrolled. Seniors have the opportunity to work in the design center, providing design services to professional organizations. In addition, leading companies and organizations visit the college to recruit graduating students each year.
The computer animation program is the second most popular degree program at Ringling, with one-fourth of the student population enrolled. The program has professional relations with companies like Pixar, Sony and IBM. The computer animation curriculum allows students flexibility each semester when choosing elective courses.
Before taking animation and production courses, students take foundation courses in traditional animation, drawing, color and art history. In animation courses, students use 3-D software to model characters and make them move realistically. In the pre-production animation course, students develop storyboards and learn about sound design in preparation for a senior project. The program concludes with a portfolio course in which students create a professional website.