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

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 20 schools on the West Coast for game design and development. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 25 Animation Schools on the West Coast. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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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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California animation schools: most to least expensive

California is home to 454 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need. To earn Title IV status, these schools have obtained accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, and they grant an associate's degree or higher. Title IV schools must also offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. 

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California

California is home to more colleges and universities than any other state. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) reports that California is home to 454 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools are eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need. To become a Title IV school, the institution must obtain accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they must be in business for at least two years, they must sign a participation agreement with the Department, they must grant an associate's degree or higher, and they must offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length.

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University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts

When it comes to living and breathing all things animation, few people can hold a flame to Tom Sito. Since the 1970s, Sito has worked on a slew of memorable TV and feature film animations. From Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids to The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we would be hard pressed to find another animator who hasn’t been influenced by him.

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The Los Angeles Art Scene

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, which is why filmmakers, producers, animators, and other artists flock here to claim their piece of the pie. The state is home to roughly a third of all animators and multimedia artists in the U.S., with the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metropolitan area leading the pack. The Los Angeles area is also home to more working independent artists and animators than any other city and no other city offers more independent studios willing to take a chance on a new artist. 

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Animator - Career Profile

January 2, 2015
Animator

What does an Animator do? Where does an Animator work? ACR takes a look:

 

About Animators

Animators create animation and visual effects for films, video games, television, mobile devices, and other forms of media using illustrations and software programs. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Autodesk3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are just a few leading software programs for animators. Animators also create graphics and develop storyboards, drawings and illustrations. They create, plan, and script animated narrative sequences, and assist with background design and production coordination.

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UCLA’s Animation Workshop

Not every animation student gets to pull up their chair to the very same desk that the first full length cel animated film was drawn on. But MFA students in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television's renowned Animation Workshop do just that, working on the wooden tables that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was born from. History isn’t the only reason why some of the best and brightest choose the Animation Workshop, of course.

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Woodbury University

Finding a B.F.A. program in Game Art & Design can be a challenge, as many aspiring game designers and artists can attest. Three years ago, Woodbury University formed its Game Art & Design program within the School of Media, Culture & Design. In the time since, the program continues to grow, adding new courses and even gaining plan approval from NASAD (it will be eligible for full accreditation once it graduates its first class). Students focus on one of two tracks in Game Art or Game Design. Both options integrate and collaborate with each other as well as with other departments in the school.

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