Visual Effects Career Training in Seattle with School Information

Feb 11, 2019

The Seattle area has roughly 13 schools that offer visual effects training. Get information about these degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Seattle Schools with Visual Effects Programs

Visual effects is a wide-ranging field, and there are several public and private schools in the Seattle area offering degree programs related to visual design, video production, multimedia design and animation. Many of these studies are offered by community colleges. Two of these colleges and their visual effects programs are discussed at length here. Get curricula details as well as information regarding specific degrees earned in each program. Find helpful data about each school in the table that follows.

  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology can be found about 18 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. The college offers several design and animation degree programs that cover the field of visual effects.
  • At Olympic College, students can earn a technical 2-year degree or certificates related to the creation and manipulation of visual effects. The school is approximately 14 miles west of downtown Seattle, though this area is accessible only by ferry or via a 65-mile route through Tacoma, which is just over 30 miles to the south.

Comparison of Schools

It is just as important to familiarize yourself with all aspects of the schools providing visual effects training as it is to examine what each program has to offer. Below you will find statistics and facts regarding each school's campus setting, tuition, population, graduation rate and more.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Olympic College
School Type 4-year (primarily associate's), public 4-year (primarily associate's), public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,697* 6,476*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,137 (in-state)*
$9,486 (out-of-state)*
$3,693 (in-state)
$4,147 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 53%* 48%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 34%* 21%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a 4-year, public school primarily granting associate's degrees, located in the large suburban area of Kirkland, Washington. The school serves a student population nearing 4,000 students each year.

Associate of Applied Science in Design

This program is offered in an on-campus, online or hybrid format. Students will take a total of 101 credits in areas like drawing, illustration, typography, page layout, digital photography and the after effects associated with motion graphics. A portfolio will be developed and students will also participate in a practicum.

Associate of Applied Science in Digital Gaming and Interactive Media

This 105- to 106-credit program will cover topics like video game development, 3D with Maya, image editing with Photoshop, computer programming, the animation of characters, sculpting with high resolution technology and digital painting. A portfolio will be required and students will be responsible for a team project and an industry internship.

Olympic College

Olympic College is a 2-year public school found in the small town of Bremerton, Washington. The community college offers associate's degrees, certificate programs and continuing education courses to more than 6,000 students each year.

Associate in Technical Design Degree

This is a program in graphic communication skills. It can develop the skills needed to become an entry-level computer-aided design (CAD) operator or a designer/draftsperson in design and engineering firms. This program may also be helpful in developing knowledge, skills and portfolios in order to enter university programs. However, this degree is not transferrable to most bachelor's programs.

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