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

 

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. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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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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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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Situated in the downtown corridor of sunny San Jose, California, sits San Jose State University- the founding school of the California State University system. Not to be missed for our readers, SJSU’s acclaimed Animation & Illustration program is one to remember. It attracts students from around the world with its comprehensive approach to the craft, a-list guest lecturers and internship opportunities, a challenging curriculum and faculty at the top of their game.

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 Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

Degrees Offered: BFA Entertainment Art, Certificate Entertainment Art, BFA Fine Art, Certificate Fine Art

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ohn C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts

The University of Southern California has earned its spot among the nation’s most esteemed institutions of higher learning. Among its many venerable departments, its School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) has nurtured and inspired generations of film makers, animators, directors and entrepreneurs for 85 years. Not surprisingly, it attracts a who’s who list of faculty, guest lecturers and generous endowments while drawing in students from around the world to California’s golden coast. 

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UCSC

Social art practitioner, documentarian and Assistant Professor John Jota Leaños stumbled upon animation while seeking a way to convey profound social questions in an accessible, bold and often ironic format. Leaños leverages animation along with other mediums to examine today’s issues while peering into the past. Weaving the vibrant and diverse aesthetics of Latino and indigenous cultures, he has gained international acclaim. His animated documentaries have been shown at Sundance, Toronto and Cannes while audiences in Chicago have been wowed by his mariachi opera and passersby in San Francisco have come face to face with his public art projects.

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Otis College of Art & Design, Kathleen Milnes, John Lasseter ,Pixar, Photoshop,

As one of the nation’s oldest art universities, Otis College of Art & Design’s Los Angeles campus has long served as a beacon for aspiring artists. Featuring a first year foundational curriculum, students gain a working knowledge of the skills vital to art and design fields before choosing their major of choice. Among their choices is Otis’ distinguished BFA in Digital Media whose many compelling attributes attract top talent and faculty.

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