Profiles of 3D Animation Programs & Schools

Producing meaningful, measurable student outcomes means bridging the gap between academic study and real-world industry. This philosophy drives the curriculum and approach of Billy Blue College of Design, which turns out some of the best and brightest graduates in digital design in Australasia and beyond. As if flocking to Australia’s coast isn’t reason enough, highly motivated students from around the world head to the school’s Melbourne and Sydney campuses to study CGI and animation.

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When it comes to visual effects and CG education, it can be quite a challenge integrating the best of both traditional and digital techniques so seamlessly into a curriculum. Thanks to its hearty five-year Bachelor degrees in 3D CGI, 3D Animation and Special Effects, ArtFx is one school proving itself capable of doing just that while beckoning students to the south of France.

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While Australia may be best known for its inviting beaches and wild outback, the country’s contributions to animation have richly colored the craft from the very beginning. They know a thing or two about cultivating animation artists Down Under, and RMIT University is among the educational leaders preparing aspiring animators for what awaits.

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You’d be forgiven if you thought that animating, supervising and directing at Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks and Cinesite would satisfy the cravings of any animator. But for industry veteran Jason Ryan, these accolades have only piqued his interest in the craft more and urged him to continue the learning process. Lucky for aspiring animators, Ryan channeled his impulse into the successful online animation school, iAnimate.

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Just north of Vancouver in the shadows of the breathtaking rainforests and ravines of British Columbia’s Lynn Canyon Park sits Capilano University. Enjoying both the expansive wilderness to its north and the lively metropolitan Vancouver area to its south, students at Cap (as it’s affectionately dubbed) have the choice of vibrant two-year diploma programs in 2D Animation, 3D Animation for Film & Games, and Digital Visual Effects.

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Sowing the seeds of a new online animation school is not exactly an easy or quick endeavor. It takes commitment, time and guts. It also takes patience while you build a curriculum, attract students, and graduate them. None of that deterred veteran animator Garth Drake who took the leap to teach character animation the way he knew worked best.

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ArtFx - Program Profile January 12, 2016

Scope of Program: Created by professionals from the cinema, animation, visual effects and video game fields, ArtFx is well renowned private, higher education school for digital arts and video game training in Europe.

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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 surveyed over one hundred 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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Degrees Offered:  2 Year Diplomas in 2D Animation, 3D Animation for Film and Gaming, Digital Visual Effects.

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Rocket Sky 3D Animation School

Tuition Information:  $100 Registration fee to secure your spot after acceptance. $5,400 Tuition fee due a week before commencement date.

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