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

Arizona Graphic Design Schools

The state of Arizona is home to a number of top advertising agencies such as Bernard Hodes Group, J. Walter Thompson, and Carlson Marketing Group. The state is also home to dozens of web design firms, media companies, and design studios that regularly recruit students from graphic design programs throughout the state. This isn’t the only reason aspiring graphic designers say Arizona is a prime place to study and train. The state has more sunny days than just about any other state, it has more museums and art galleries than most other states, the cost of living is lower than the national average, and breathtaking natural wonders abound from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River. Who could ask for more?

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At Animation Career Review we have profiled colleges across the US that offer animation, design, and game related programs. Below is a list of profiles of Arizona colleges:

Art Center Design College

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Mesa Art Scene

With a population of around 447,541, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona. The city’s location is perfect for artists because they can enjoy Mesa’s art scene ant the scene in nearby cities such as Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Carefree. In Mesa, the art scene is comfortably sized, laid-back, and approachable. The city is home to art galleries, performance venues, artist organizations, and more. One of the city’s most impressive art organizations, however, is the Mesa Arts Center.

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The Tucson Art Scene

Tucson is home to the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Tucson), and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The city’s museums display art of the American West, modern and contemporary art, and mixed media. In addition to large art museums, Tucson is home to more art galleries than other city of its size. 

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The Phoenix Art Scene

Phoenix has certainly had its fair share of spotlight moments. Who could forget the Oscar winning film Little Miss Sunshine, which filmed in parts of Phoenix as well as Chandler and Flagstaff? The Phoenix art scene isn’t just about filmmaking though. Sure, the scenery is a great backdrop for films that call for it, but painters, sculptors, and digital artists of all kinds are part of the scene too. Digital artists, such as animators, work in all areas of film and video, advertising, marketing, education, and computer systems design.

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Degrees Offered: A. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design; B. S. Game Production

Tuition Information:  Varies by program and degree sought.  Undergraduate tuition for B. F. A. or B. S. candidates is typically around $15,750 for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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Degrees Offered: B. A. or B. F. A. Studio Art with Visual Communications Emphasis (Design or Illustration Track); M. F. A. Studio Art

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate state residents $8,238, other undergraduates $24,596; graduate state residents $9,028, other graduate students $24,890 for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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Degrees Offered:  A. A. and B. A. Digital Media, Digital Video, Game Art and Animation (traditional and online), Game Design (traditional and online), Serious Games and Simulation and Virtual Modeling and Design (traditional and online); M. S. Game Production and Management

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $19,400; Online Undergraduate $11,200; Graduate $12,200 for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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Degrees Offered:  B. A. Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration

Tuition Information:  Tucson Campus – Undergraduate $18,360 per year (students may take up to 20 units per semester; additional units are $765 each); Albuquerque Campus – Undergraduate $18,000 per year for up to 20 units per semester (additional units are $700 each) for the 2010 – 2011 school year

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