Profiles of Entertainment Art Programs & Schools

At Animation Career Review we have published dozens of articles detailing the different types of degree programs available in animation, design, gaming, and related fields. Each article defines the program, details the typical coursework involved and notes the type of career paths available to someone with that particualr degree. Bookmark this handy dandy list for future use.

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Entertainment Designer

What Does Entertainment Design Mean?

Entertainment design is one of the industry’s newest fields. According to a California-based entertainment company, entertainment design was created in response to “the rise of computer graphics and digital technologies in recent years.” This interdisciplinary practice incorporates elements of all areas of animation as well as character design, film design, graphic design, motion graphic design, transportation design, user interface design, and product design.

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Entertainment Art/Animation

What Does Entertainment Art/Animation Mean?

Entertainment art/animation is a unique field that focuses mainly on character animation. The art of animation, entertainment, communications, and storytelling are also elements of entertainment art/animation. Professionals in this field work primarily in the film industry, but some may also work in gaming, advertising, or graphic design.

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Degrees Offered:  B. A. Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Entertainment; M. F. A. Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Media

Tuition Information: Undergraduates $40,384, graduates $40,384 for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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Degrees Offered:  B. A. Film, Television and Digital Media, Design Media Arts, M. F. A. Animation, Design Media Arts

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate residents $10,302, nonresidents $32,323; graduate residents $10,393, nonresidents $24,996 for the 2010 – 2011 school year.  Health insurance is mandatory, either through UCLA or from an outside source.

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Degrees Offered:  Gnomon School of Visual Effects is not a college in a traditional sense, so no degrees are offered.  Instead, Gnomon offers one-, two- and three-year Certificate Programs in Entertainment Design, Digital Production for Entertainment and Entertainment Design for Digital Production.

Tuition Information: Entertainment Design, $3,500 per term for four terms, or $14,000 for the one-year program.  Digital Production for Entertainment, $8,000 per term for eight terms, or $64,000 for the two-year program.  Entertainment Design and Digital Production, $3,500 per term for terms one through four, then $8,000 per term for terms five through 12, for a total of $78,000.  Fees (which may be several thousand dollars over the course of a program) are not included in these figures.

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Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Entertainment Art/Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Design – Graphic Design and Illustration Concentrations

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate in-state $5,076 non-residents $14,004 (12 units per semester); graduate in-state $6,108 non-residents $15,036 (12 units per semester) for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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