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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UCLA’s Animation Workshop

Not every animation student gets to pull up their chair to the very same desk that the first full length cel animated film was drawn on. But MFA students in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television's renowned Animation Workshop do just that, working on the wooden tables that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was born from. History isn’t the only reason why some of the best and brightest choose the Animation Workshop, of course.

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The delightfully insightful, if not deliciously devious, illustrated blog Rejected Princesses is too good to be overlooked by history buffs and aficionados of animation and illustration.

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Woodbury University

Finding a B.F.A. program in Game Art & Design can be a challenge, as many aspiring game designers and artists can attest. Three years ago, Woodbury University formed its Game Art & Design program within the School of Media, Culture & Design. In the time since, the program continues to grow, adding new courses and even gaining plan approval from NASAD (it will be eligible for full accreditation once it graduates its first class). Students focus on one of two tracks in Game Art or Game Design. Both options integrate and collaborate with each other as well as with other departments in the school.

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UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television

The professional programs in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television act as a sister program to the university’s renowned MFA, offering post-graduates the ability to learn from the best through a non-degree granting certification. Affordable courses in Screenwriting, Producing and Writing for Television have been luring students for nearly two decades- many of which now offer an online alternative for those far from the Los Angeles campus.

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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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