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

Programs to consider:

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. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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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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California graphic design schools: most expensive to least expensive

California is home to so many graphic design schools you’ll lose count. Many of these schools are part of a larger college or university, while others are part of an art and design school or specialty college. According to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics, California is home to 454 Title IV degree-granting institutions.

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California animation schools: most to least expensive

California is home to 454 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need. To earn Title IV status, these schools have obtained accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, and they grant an associate's degree or higher. Title IV schools must also offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. 

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Georgia animation schools: most to least expensive

Georgia is home to more than 132 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, and they grant an associate's degree or higher. In addition, these Georgia-based Title IV schools offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. This means they are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to future students.

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Florida animation schools: most to least expensive

Florida is home to 223 Title IV degree-granting institutions, which means Florida has the fifth largest number of colleges and universities in the U.S. These schools are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, so all are accessible to students with financial need. To be eligible for these financial aid programs, the school must grant an associate's degree or higher, offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, have been in business for at least two years, and have signed a participation agreement with the Department.

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Texas

According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Texas is home to 252 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. This means, the state has the fourth highest number of Title IV schools in the U.S. Texas’s Title IV schools are also among the best in the nation and because they are Title IV, these institutions are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This means, students with financial need have access to all schools—from the most to least expensive.   

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