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Readers of ACR are no strangers to the merits of The DAVE School- aka The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School. Founded fifteen years ago by an industry veteran, the production-style campus sits in the beating heart of Orlando’s VFX and animation industries and leverages it for all that it’s worth with professional faculty and studio-grade classrooms.

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The South is home to the South Atlantic Division, which consists of eight states and DC. We’ve already covered six—Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina, so now it’s time to end out coverage of the Division South with South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Beginning with South Carolina, we found that the state has its fair share of esteemed art and design schools such as the School of the Arts at College of Charleston and the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University.

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So we’ve already covered the first three states in the country’s South Atlantic Division. Now it’s time to move on to the next three on the list—Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Each state is home to a number of leading art and design schools that offer a range of unique programs for aspiring animators and game designers.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the South Atlantic encompasses areas across eight states and in D.C., making it the largest division in the south. This means there is no shortage of colleges and universities in the area that cater to all career goals.

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We’re just weeks away from the beginning of the official start of the fall semester, so a number of schools are hard at work trying to get the word out about their new animation programs. Some of these newly launched programs can be found right in your own backyard, while others are in neighboring Canada or as far away as Australia. Wherever they are, the new animation programs being offered for the upcoming semester promise to prepare students for immediate employment in today’s competitive animation industry.

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Though it may feel like fall is fast approaching, we still have nearly two months before temperatures begin to dip and landscapes start to transform from lush green to dazzling dark reds and orange. What this means is, there’s still plenty of time left if you’re looking for a game design program to enroll in for fall or winter. We’re sure you already have a list of prospects, but after reading about the new kids on the block we’ve discovered, you might want to add a few more! 

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According to a 2016 Census Bureau report, the south is America’s most heavily populated region. The area is home to more than 122 million people and it leads the U.S. in population growth year after year. Experts say economic growth is a driving force behind the explosive population growth in the South. A recent Forbes article explains that people are moving to the south because “economic growth in the South has outpaced the rest of the country for a generation.” The southern states “generally have lower taxes, and less stringent regulations, than their primary competitors in the Northeast or on the West Coast. Indeed this year the four best states for business, according to CEO Magazine, were Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.” 

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Degrees that combine two or three majors that are usually offered separately are becoming more and more common as more employer’s demand that job candidates have a more diverse creative and technical skill set. These types of programs allow students to cover multiple areas in less time than it takes to complete a full-blown double major or dual degree. A typical double major or dual degree program takes no less than five years to complete, full-time. A single degree that combines two majors typically takes four years to complete. Students on the fast track may complete the program in less time.

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A BFA in Cartooning can open many doors for ambitious graduates. Cartoonists can find work at animation studios, production studios, for comic book publishers, newspapers, and book publishers, for advertising and multimedia firms, and sometimes all of the above—if you choose to freelance. Just a few common job titles include Animator/Cartoonist, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Comic Strip Illustrator, Caricature Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Game Artist, Background/Layout Artist, Studio Background Artist, Storyboard Artist, Pencil Model Sheet Artist, and Morph Artist. 

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It’s official. Summer is here and with it comes some exciting news about game industry. First, there are now more than two billion video game players worldwide, with more than 150 million Americans playing games on a regular basis alone. And get this—the global video game market is expected to exceed a staggering $118 billion in total revenue by 2019, with China and the U.S. leading the way. In fact, the video game industry is one of America’s fastest-growing economic sectors, providing thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.

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