Animation Mentor - Program Info, Interviews, and Rankings

Programs to consider:

Our 2017 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, the school is home to 1,449 students enrolled in more than 70 programs across six schools including the School of Critical Studies, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, the School of Art, the School of Film/Video, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, and the School of Theater. The School of Film/Video is the largest school at CalArts, accounting for nearly 30% of the student population. Programs offered include a BFA in Character Animation and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn an animation degree for less than $10,000 a year? What if you were an out-of-state student and the cost was less than $15,000 a year? In the past, we’ve compiled lists that consist of some of America’s most affordable animation schools, the most expensive to least expensive animation schools, and more.

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Our 2017 list of the Top 50 Private Animation School Programs in the US.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Home to 1,449 students, CalArts offers more than 70 programs across six schools including the School of Critical Studies, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, the School of Art, the School of Film/Video, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, and the School of Theater. The School of Film/Video is the largest school at CalArts, accounting for nearly 30% of the student population. Programs offered through the school include a BFA in Character Animation and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2016 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. With a population of 1,489 students enrolled in more than 70 programs at all degree levels, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. Around 26.9% of the student body is enrolled in the School of Film/Video, which offers BFA degrees in Character Animation and Experimental Animation. An MFA in Experimental Animation is also available.

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Our 2016 list of the Top 50 Private Animation School Programs in the US. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, and with a population of 1,489 students, the school offers more than 70 programs at all degree levels. However, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. In fact, around 26.9% of the student body is enrolled in the School of Film/Video, which offers BFA degrees in Character Animation and Experimental Animation. An MFA in Experimental Animation is also available. 

Called the “Harvard Business School of Animation” by the Los Angeles Times, CalArts has produced hundreds of successful alumni who have generated more than $26 billion in box office grosses since 1985.

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Matt Estes joins us from our friends at Animation Mentor. He currently serves as their Software and Technical Support Coordinator and is also a graduate of the school’s Character Animation Program. Matt stops by ACR to share his animation journey, his return to campus, and all the exciting things going on at Animation Mentor.

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Animation Mentor

Degrees Offered:  Animation Fundamentals
Character Animation Production Track
Animal and Creature Production Track
VFX Fundamentals

Tuition Information:  6-week online workshops begin at $599
12-week courses range from $1,999 to $2,799 plus applicable fees. Payment plans and private student loans are available to those who qualify.

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Animation Mentor

Last week, news broke from our friends at Animation Mentor that they are once again pushing the bounds of online animation education with the new patent-pending  AMP Studio Production Pipeline.

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Animation Mentor

For freelance animator Nicole Herr, days are filled with more than dailies, planning and last minute iterations. She kicks the day off at six a.m. when she greets a small group of students on her monitor before diving into the day’s agenda. Herr teaches aspiring animators the intricacies of the craft with Animation Mentor, a premier online animation school. Supportive staff, dedicated students and fellow mentors comprised of some of the industry’s finest (as readers of our Interview Series will recall) put her in good company at the virtual school.

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Animation Mentor

Animation Mentor seeks to provide the most personal and fulfilling animation learning experience on the planet. That’s no small task, particularly for a school whose programs are offered online. Yet with a devoted staff and instruction from dozens of veteran industry professionals, many students and alumni say," the school accomplishes its ambitious mission".

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