Profiles of Animation, 3D Animation, Computer Animation, Cartooning, Illustration, and Web Animation Programs & Schools

Programs to consider:

East

Our 2014 rankings of the top animation school programs on the East Coast. We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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Midwest

Our 2014 rankings of the top animation programs in the Midwest. We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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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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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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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Alfred State

Degrees Offered: AAS - Digital Media & Animation, BS - Digital Media & Animation

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Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

The Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg is a powerhouse of a film school and a leader in animation and visual effects education. Offering multiple Animation and Interactive Media degrees, the school draws raves from around the world and produces an enviable roster of graduates. The curriculum centers around project-based learning and classes are taught entirely by working professionals rather than faculty fixtures.

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Odd

As its name suggests, there’s nothing common about Odd School and its approach to digital arts education. And that’s exactly how its founders wanted it. Seeking high quality candidates for positions in one of the country’s largest production companies, Até ao Fim do Mundo, was no easy task. The school formed out of this dilemma in an attempt to cultivate the next generation of animators and 3D artists in Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.

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The Animation Workshop in Denmark

Rarely do we stumble across an animation ecosystem seeking to innovate on the traditional education approach. But The Animation Workshop in Denmark is one school that does just that, recently making it to the top 20 of our annual Top 100 International Animation Schools list.

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