Profiles of Animation, Art, Design, Gaming, and Media Programs & Schools

Our 2014 rankings of the top animation schools in the South.

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 10 Animation Schools in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 25 Animation Schools on the West Coast. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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Our 2014 list of the Top 100 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

11. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 
When the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute merged in 1961 with the help of none other than Walt and Roy Disney, it became one of the most coveted artist’s communities on the west coast. Dubbed California Institute of Arts (better known as CalArts), the school quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the top ten schools for aspiring animators and America’s top college for students in the arts.

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An introductory note from the editor:  

We started publishing US based regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators seeking advice regarding the "best" schools in the US. The US-centric lists have been well-received, so much so that we now receive frequent requests to publish rankings of international animation schools. ACR staff writer and social media manager Tom Fronczak managed and authored this year's Top 100 International Animation Schools rankings. In preparing this year’s list, we considered hundreds of animation schools across the globe. Our end-goal is to give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.  

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It’s not easy finding a school in Spain that caters to the demands of the various industries that leverage CG artists. But that’s exactly what Barcelona’s FX Animation seeks to do, bridging the gap between traditional educational offerings and what industry expects its artists to know.

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Situated in the downtown corridor of sunny San Jose, California, sits San Jose State University- the founding school of the California State University system. Not to be missed for our readers, SJSU’s acclaimed Animation & Illustration program is one to remember. It attracts students from around the world with its comprehensive approach to the craft, a-list guest lecturers and internship opportunities, a challenging curriculum and faculty at the top of their game.

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The innovative Trazos School in the heart of Madrid has been ushering in animators for over two decades with its unique combination of short courses and workshops. That’s in large part because Trazos (Escuela Trazos in its native tongue) is not your average animation school. Focusing on the essentials that produce capable and in-demand animators, aspiring and working animators alike choose from a variety of courses to quickly build and hone in on their skills.

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Teesside University in northeastern England has garnered its share of praise and accolades over the years, recently snagging coveted distinctions in the UK while making it to the top 20 of our own International Animation Schools list. The spirit of innovation at Teesside is perhaps nowhere more evident than in their Animation department which offers two BA degrees and a year-long foundation course. Poised to tackle the demands of the industry, their graduates are favorites of many of the world’s largest and cutting edge studios.

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A Hat in Time is an indie platformer PC game that’s being developed for players who want to explore interesting worlds and collect exciting items much like the famous Nintendo 64 era games that made the genre widely popular. Since then, the demand for these platformer games has remained high, but the supply of titles in the genre continues to dip each year. Then A Hat in Time came along a year ago and started a Kickstarter campaign with the funding goal of $30,000. They got almost $300,000.

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