Profiles of Schools/Colleges in Alaska (AK) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

 Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. 1. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1961, California Institute of the Arts is home to 1,489 students enrolled in more than 70 programs at all degree levels. The nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. Around 26.9 percent of the schools population is enrolled in the School of Film/Video. The School offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Public Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to 43,239 students enrolled in more than 220 programs across five schools and 109 academic departments. UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television is home to the Animation Workshop.

Founded in 1948 by Disney Animator William Shull, the Animation Workshop is a three-year MFA program that accepts just 12 new students each year. Before applying to the program, students typically earn a BA in Film and Television. The BA program gives future MFA students the opportunity to study all facets of Digital Media, Film, and Television, as well as a full year of Animation studies, followed by an internship. 

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Private Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.


11. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Home to 1,489 students, with 26.9 percent enrolled in the School of Film/Video, CalArts offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and a BFA and MFA in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2014 list of the Top 100 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

11. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 
When the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute merged in 1961 with the help of none other than Walt and Roy Disney, it became one of the most coveted artist’s communities on the west coast. Dubbed California Institute of Arts (better known as CalArts), the school quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the top ten schools for aspiring animators and America’s top college for students in the arts.

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We started publishing regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators and game designers asking us what the best schools were in the US, a given State, or in a particular area of the country.

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Alaska

There's a mobile app for everything these days.  Apps are used for checking local weather, looking up local events, getting sports results, taking notes, scanning recipe collections and thousands more purposes.  Many tech savvy programmers, game designers and entrepreneurs in Alaska are pursuing careers as mobile app developers.

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Our Top 20 in the Western U.S. Region

Breaking into the creatively-powered, passionate and playful animation industry may sound like cakewalk to those who have spent the better part of their lives doodling and watching cartoons, but the pursuit of perfection makes the industry chew up and spit out all but the crème de la crème. Hence, it’s no longer enough to take a few crash courses in animation and expect to break into an exciting career in animation, let alone stay there.

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Alaska

Nowadays, ever-increasing multitudes of Alaskan artists seek careers in the field of visual arts.  The days of the “starving artist” are past.  Alaska's thriving commercial economy, featuring more than 80,000 local businesses, maintains a healthy ongoing demand for talented illustrators.

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How to become an animator in Alaska

Animation is an art form that creates the illusion of movement by showing many still images in rapid succession.  Ever since the advent of fully animated feature films, animation has become a wildly popular career choice among visual artists throughout the world.  The state of Alaska offers ample opportunities for illustrators, photographers and other artistic professionals who seek careers in animation design.

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Video Game Designer in Anchorage, Alaska

Job hunters all over Anchorage, Alaska are pursuing careers in animation and video game design.    Home to about 300,000 people, Anchorage is surprisingly full of employment options in this high-tech field.  Less surprisingly, most jobs available to Alaska-based video game designers are located somewhere in Anchorage. 

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