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Germany is home to a place that has been called the capital of cool, the hottest city on earth, one of contemporary art’s most influential cities, and even Europe’s digital art capital. The place is Berlin and the accolades are well deserved. For starters, the spirited city of more than 3.5 million is home to must-see museums such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Gemaldegalerie, and the interactive DDR Museum.

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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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Over the centuries, Spain has been the home of numerous famous artists from architects and painters to playwrights and sculptors. Pablo Picasso, Santiago Calatrava, Salvador Dali, Carlos Atanes, Francisco Goya, José Álvarez Cubero, and Diego Velazquez are just a few.

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The Pacific Northwest region (also Northwest) includes the states of Oregon and Washington and part of Idaho. Together, these states are home to more than 15,000 tech companies, and thousands of animation and game design companies.

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From the Cliffs of Moher and The Ring of Kerry to The Rock of Cashel and Trinity College, Ireland is home to awe-inspiring landscapes and some of the world’s oldest structures. In between, you will find a thriving art scene (check out the Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA, National Gallery of Ireland, and National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts and History), world-famous shopping destinations such as Dublin's Grafton Street, Brown Thomas and Temple Bar Markets, and some of the best pubs on the planet. The Stags Head, McDermott’s Pub, and The Pavilion are just a few. 

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50 Must-See Anime June 5, 2017

What makes an anime great? Is it the storyline? The characters? Worlds? Music? According to Simon Richmond, author of The Rough Guide to Anime: Japan's Finest from Ghibli to Gankutsuo, a great anime is one that will stand the test of time. In his top 50 must-see anime, Richmond lists just that. Among them are Katsuhiro Otomo’s groundbreaking 1988 cult classic Akira, Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy—the first ever anime TV series with a sequential plot, and Mamoru Oshii’s still amazing Ghost in the Shell (1995), among others. 

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Italy is the center of history, culture, and art, making it one of the world’s most popular places to explore. Other major attractions such as amazing cuisine, world class sightseeing, and some of the best shopping in the world enhance the country’s appeal. When you consider global universities such as the University of Padua, Sapienza University of Roma, and University of Milan, and top art and design schools such as the Florence Academy of Art, Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), and the College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy becomes one of the best places to visit and study abroad. 

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At New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the comprehensive Digital Design B.A. program housed within the School of Art + Design offers more than first meets the eye. Though students choose from curriculum tracks in either Production or Entertainment, the broadly based curriculum allows for the study of the digital design fields within a constellation of programs offered at NJIT.

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If you’re looking for a top Animation MFA program in the U.S., you won’t have any trouble finding a variety of options. UCLA, SCAD, and RIT are just a few. If you’re interested in an Animation PhD programs? Well, let’s just say your search will be a bit more challenging. True, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts offers an excellent option—the PhD in Cinematic Arts. But if you want to earn a PhD that focuses on animation, you’ll have to find a school that is willing to customize its PhD program in art, design or other similar area to suit your goals. If you can’t find a suitable option, that’s OK. America’s strongest ally has you covered. Just head to the UK! 

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Who says you need to study on one of ‘the coasts’ to get a top notch animation education at a reputable institute of higher learning? The shores of Lake Erie may not immediately spring to mind as an animation hub, but a top calibre education can be had at Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA).

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