Relevant educational programs for aspiring video animators can be found at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can find programs specifically in animation, or they may pursue studies in the field within broader film or virtual design programs.
Schools with Video Animation Programs
Here are some schools at which students can get training in animation:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Brigham Young University||Provo, Utah||4-year, Private not for profit||Bachelor's||$5,150|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$50,277|
|Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,618 in-state, $16,978 out-of-state|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$37,124|
|East Tennessee State University||Johnson City, TN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,153 in-state, $24,977 out-of-state|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state|
|University of Idaho||Moscow, ID||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,020 in-state, $21,024 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School and College Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for video animation schools:
- Students may want to find out about the studio and computer lab facilities at the school, in order to ensure that they have access to industry-standard equipment, materials and software applications.
- For those who want to specialize in a particular type of animation, it can be helpful to find out whether the school allows students to declare formal concentrations.
- Prospective students may want to find out if the school facilitates internship opportunities with animation companies, which can provide hands-on experience and allow students to build professional connections in the field.
- It can also be helpful to find out where graduates of the program go on to work, as this can give students an idea of whether the program provides the necessary training for their dream career.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
At the bachelor's degree level, students can find Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs offered specifically in animation. These programs combine studies in art and technology; students hone their skills in hand drawing and/or 3D modeling while also gaining experience with specialized animation software. At some schools, students may be required to specialize in either 2D or 3D animation. Alternatively, it is possible to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film and Media Arts with an emphasis in animation, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Virtual Design. These programs include animation training within wider-ranging academic programs.
Master's Degree Programs
Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in animation provide advanced technical training in the artistic aspects of animation. Students may be required to choose an animation specialization, such as 2D, 3D or stop motion, and some schools include film history and business courses in the curriculum. Prior to graduation, students must complete a final project or thesis. Depending on the school, these programs take two or three years to complete.
Bachelor's and master's degree programs in animation and related fields can be found at public and private schools around the country. Students should consider degree and specialization options as well as school facilities when choosing between programs.