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

Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest

Our 2013 list of the Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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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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List of Arizona Schools with Game Art, Game Design, and Game Development Degree

Below is a list of Arizona schools that offer game art, game design, and game development degree programs:

Collins College, Phoenix, Tempe
Programs available: A. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design; B. S. Game Production

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List of Arizona schools with animation degree programs

Below is a list of Arizona schools that offer animation degree programs:

Art Center Design College, Tucson, Albuquerque
Programs available: B. A. Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration

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List of Arizona Schools with Graphic Design Degree Programs

Below is a list of Arizona schools that offer graphic design programs:

Art Center Design College, Tucson, Albuquerque
Programs available: B. A. Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration 

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Tucson, Arizona

Most people with hand held communications devices have dozens of downloaded apps.  Mobile apps can be used to view distant lands from live web cams, take a trivia quiz, collect dessert recipes, find the nearest house for rent or calculate a vehicle's Blue Book value, among many hundred thousand other purposes.  The city of Tucson, Arizona offers numerous lucrative employment opportunities for local app developers.

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Phoenix, Arizona

Mobile app development is one of the most popular new career choices in today's high tech work force.  Apps are used to cast the news, scan interactive maps, navigate with compasses, retrieve essential travel info, find the best local real estate deal and hundreds of thousands of other practical (and trivial) uses.  Businesses in the city of Phoenix, Arizona maintain an increasing demand for the specialized skills of local app developers.

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Arizona

Mobile apps are virally popular these days.  Android, Blackberry and iPhone owners everywhere use apps to take pictures, enhance visual images, see a live webcam view, find the best search engines, create innovative artwork and many thousand other useful purposes.  Arizona app experts lately notice a widening window of local opportunity in this highly technical field of communications design.

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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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These days, illustration professionals in the city of Tucson, Arizona find fairly regular local employment at many of the city's 70,000 commercial businesses.  Freelance illustrators create compelling, hand-crafted artwork often used for corporate logos, promotional matter, animated characterizations, internet display and precise technical diagrams, among other things.  Media-oriented Tucson companies maintain a vigorous ongoing demand for skilled, talented professionals in this intensely specialized field of visual arts.

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