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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Pennsylvania. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home to the College of Fine Art, School of Art, which offer a BFA in Electronic and Time-Based Media with a Focus in Animation and a Bachelor’s in Integrative Design, Arts & Technology (IDeATe) with a Concentration in Animation & Special Effects. According to CMU, “the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences.” It allows students from every college to take minors or concentrations in Animation, Special Effects, Game Design, and more. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Ohio. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 

The Ohio State University (OSU) is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Department of Art. The Department offers interdisciplinary three-year MFA and four-year BFA programs in Art with an Emphasis Art and Technology. The Art and Technology emphasis allows students to study 3D Modeling and Animation, Art Games, Digital Imaging, Internet Art, and more. Because courses are interdisciplinary in nature, students come from many areas ranging from Art, Design, and Film Studies to Biosciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Information Sciences. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in New York. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) offers a variety of programs for aspiring animators. Options include BFA degrees in Animation, Computer Art, and Computer Animation and Visual Effects, a BFA in Cartooning, and an MFA in Computer Art. Continuing Education (CE) Animation courses are also on the menu. All SVA animation students have opportunities to intern or work part-time at alumni-owned studios such as Titmouse, Augenblick Studios, and Plympton, as well as with numerous independent animation studios in New York. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in New Jersey. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey 

Becton College of Arts and Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is home to the Visual and Performing Arts Department, which offers several programs for aspiring animators. Program offerings include a BA in Film and Animation with Concentrations Animation, Cinematography, Editing, Film, Film Directing, Film Production, and Video Game Animation. Several Minors are also available and include Animation, 3D Video Game Animation, Film Production, Studio Arts, and Cinema Studies. 

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Hasbro Gaming Lab is made up of a team of designers and game enthusiasts whose mission is to connect with the growing gaming community, develop and discover the next big thing in gaming, and bring “fresh experiences” to gamers of all kinds from around the globe.

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Massachusetts. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts 

The Animation Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) offers a BFA in Animation that gives students the opportunity to engage in a variety of conventional and experimental techniques. Students will study Documentary Animation, Digitally Generated Animation, Character Animation, Stop Motion, Experimental Video, and Emerging Technologies. Other highlights include “Squealing Pegs,” which is an annual screening of recent animated short films, the Animation Senior Showcase, and visiting artists and lectures. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Illinois. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers several programs for aspiring animators through its Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department (FVNMA). Options include a BFA and MFA in Studio with a Concentration Animation. A Certificate in Studio is also available.   

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Flroida. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida 

Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) was established in 1931 by circus baron, art collector, and real estate developer John Ringling. The school opened with just 75 students and 111 course offerings. Today, RCAD is home to 1,300 students and it offers BFA degrees in eleven disciplines and BA degrees in two. Just a few majors include Computer Animation, Film, Game Art, Motion Design, and Visual Studies. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in California. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Crowned the “Harvard Business School of Animation” by the Los Angeles Times, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has produced hundreds of successful alumni who have generated billions at the box office worldwide. The school lists Mark Andrews (director and screenwriter of Pixar’s Oscar winning animated feature Brave), Eric Darnell (co-director of Antz, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Mark Osborne (director of Kung Fu Panda) and none other than Tim Burton among its most famous alumni. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 20 animation school programs on the West Coast. We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (top 5% of schools considered) 

Established in 1961, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. The school offers more than 70 programs across six schools including the School of Critical Studies, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, the School of Art, the School of Film/Video, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, and the School of Theater. The School of Film/Video is the largest school at CalArts, accounting for nearly 30% of the student population. Programs offered through the school include a BFA in Character Animation and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation. 

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