Profiles of Digital Media, Digital Video, Electronic Media, Film, Multimedia, & Visual Communications Programs & Schools

If you are an aspiring animator and shopping around for a training program, you may have come across dozens of different degree programs that combine other areas of study with animation. Digital Art and Animation, Media Arts and Animation, Game Art and Animation, Illustration and Animation, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA) are just a few.

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Long gone are the days when unknown actors were the voice behind animated characters. These days, big budget productions routinely recruit the most prominent names in the industry—and boy do they command big bucks!

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Though there will always be more undergraduate programs in animation than graduate options, advanced degree programs in this growing industry are becoming more common. Some of the most prominent programs include UCLA Animation Workshop, the MFA in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the MA and MFA in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the MFA in Animation at DePaul University, the Film and Animation MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and University of Southern California’s (USC) MFA in Animation and Digital Arts. 

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Sony Pictures Animation is set to host The World Animation Celebration for 2017. Presented by Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine, the international short film festival will feature two days of screenings that highlight the best traditional, CG, digital, stop-motion, experimental, and VR animation from filmmakers and students from around the world. A panel of professional judges, from Emmy-winning animators and to creative directors at major studios, will review the entries and choose the best of the best. 

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2017

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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Contact Information:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Visual & Performing Arts Department
285 Madison Ave - M-DB0-01
Madison, NJ 07940 

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Virginia Digital Video

The digital video major prepares students for success in industries such as film and video production, animation visual effects, producing and directing, television, gaming, web and interface design, and newsgathering. A typical program prepares students for careers in these fields and others through an immersive and cross-disciplinary curriculum that consists of courses such as digital video production, motion graphics, digital media, special effects, graphic design, drawing, characters and vehicles animation, 3D modeling environments and FX, lighting, drawing, and character rigging. 

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Oregon

Digital media is digitized content (text, graphics, audio, and video) that can be transmitted over internet or computer networks. As such, this multidisciplinary field requires the study of a range of areas from fine arts and animation to graphic design, audio and video, game design, writing, and other areas. Because digital media artists have such a diverse skill set, they can find work in a variety of fields from advertising and public relations to animation to web and graphic design. 

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Virginia Media Art

Media arts programs prepare students for a career in film, advertising, television production, public relations, animation, broadcasting, audio production, graphic design, digital art, visual effects, photography, and many others. In the State of Virginia, many media arts graduates live in major city such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake where creative firms, production studios, media and communications companies are plentiful. Just a few options include The Martin Agency (Richmond), LM&O Advertising (Arlington), TriVision Studios (Chantilly), and BES Studios (Richmond).

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Film Schools in Utah March 8, 2016

Utah

Utah’s breathtaking scenery alone has made it a popular backdrop for dozens of Hollywood productions. Just a few include The Lone Ranger (2013), The Tree of Life (2011), 127 Hours (2010), Star Trek (2009), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Mission Impossible II (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), and Thelma & Louise (1991). Filmmakers also flock here because the Utah Film Commission (est. 1974) offers an abundance of resources including crew, talent, support services, and access to hundreds of locations, as well as the Motion Picture Film Incentive (MPIP), which provides tax credits for qualifying productions.  

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