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Washington State Animation Schools: Most Expensive to Least Expensive

Written by ACR StaffJune 5, 2015
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Washington is home to 85 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school offers a number of benefits for students, but one of the biggest advantages is access to a variety of federal financial aid programs. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (3) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) be in business for at least two years.

Many Title IV schools in Washington offer programs for aspiring artists and designers—including animators. Some are expensive, while others are considered affordable. Fortunately, because these schools are Title IV institutions, all are accessible to students with financial need. Continue reading to find out which Washington schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.

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Most Expensive to Least Expensive Washington State Animation Schools

DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond – Tuition Cost: Undergraduates $21,000, 12 credits per semester ($875 per credit hour fewer than 16 credits), $27,200 (more than 16 credits per semester); Graduates $16,920 ($940 per credit hour, 9 credits per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle – Tuition Cost:$17,460 ($485 per credit hour for 12 credits per quarter for three quarters) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Seattle – Tuition Cost: $17,000 for the 2015-2016 school year, $33,500 total program tuition fee.

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Washington State Animation Scene

Washington State is home to 43,500 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. A large number of the state’s artists and designers are animators and the population is growing. Washington is home to 1,970 salaried animators and multimedia artists, up from 760 in 2008. Salaries are on the rise as well. In 2008, the state’s animators and multimedia artists averaged $51,810 per year. Today, the average salary is $75,740.

Washington-based animators work industries such as film and video, advertising, game design, technology and more. Job opportunities can be found at companies and studios such as:

  • ArenaNet, Bellevue
  • Big Fish Games, Seattle
  • Bungie Studios, Bellevue
  • DDB, Seattle
  • Digital Double, Redmond
  • DNA Seattle, Seattle
  • Fun Bits Interactive, Seattle
  • JWT, Seattle
  • Mean Hamster Software, Deer Park-Spokane County
  • Microsoft Game Studios, Redmond
  • Signal Studios, Bothell
  • Sucker Punch Productions, Bellevue
  • The Creative Group, Seattle
  • The Pokémon Company International, Bellevue

Although opportunities for animators can be found across the state, most animators settle in larger cities such as Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Bellevue.

Awesome Animation Fact: According to the International Business Times (IBTimes), the animated sequence of Cinderella’s regal transformation was one of Walt Disney’s favorites. Drawn by Marc Davis, one of the studio's original “Nine Old Men,” the memorable scene of the fairy godmother’s “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” dress rescue was often cited by Walt Disney as one of his favorite moments from his team of animators.