Profiles of Schools/Colleges in the District of Columbia (DC) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

EAST

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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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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Northeastern U.S. Region

More and more students flock to animation degree and certification programs in hopes of landing their dream job. While entertainment remains high on the list, a slew of industries require the insight and skillset of animators with many more applications on the horizon.  That’s why it’s imperative to find the right animation program for your career goals, whether they be in arts and entertainment or research and development.

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Washington DC

Businesses in Washington DC issue a fast increasing economic demand for local app developers.  People download mobile apps to alter visual images, get train schedules, track fitness progress, send emails, order pizza and about a million other desired digital activities.

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How to become an illustrator in Washington DC

Washington DC is well known as the center of the broadcasting media universe, and is home to the Washington Post, America's oldest and largest local newspaper.  Washington DC is also a favorite adopted home town for visual artists pursuing employment in the field of illustration.  News outlets and numerous other DC businesses maintain a continuous demand for talented local illustrators.

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How to become a multimedia editor in Washington DC

Washington DC is home to many hundred artists pursuing employment in the field of audio-visual editing.  Washington DC's virile media industry provides numerous lucrative opportunities in this field.

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How to become an animator in Washington DC

Washington DC, which has about 618,000 local residents and well over 100,000 commercial businesses, is home to about a hundred full time animation artists, as well as hundreds more freelance professionals pursuing employment in animated film design.  Washington DC's thriving visual media industry provides many valuable opportunities in this field.

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District of Columbia graphic design schools: most expensive to least expensive

The District of Columbia may be small, but it is home to some of the country’s top colleges and universities. Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, and Howard University are just a few. Including the schools listed above, DC is home to 20 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school is eligible for federal financial aid programs, making them more accessible to students with financial need.

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Top graphic design programs in Washington DC

From Georgetown University to the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC is home to some of America’s top universities. While the District is known for top universities such as Georgetown, it is also known for one of the nation’s top art and design schools. This school, as well as the District’s top universities, made the list based on factors such as affordability, convenience, job placement services, types of clubs and organizations, cultural activities, and student life. Continue reading to find out which Washington DC area graphic design schools made the list, and what they have to offer.

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Boston University offers Animation-focused degrees within its top-ranking Computer Sciences Department for undergraduate students. It is the university’s unique Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), however, that appeals to a broad variety of prospective animators with certificate programs in both 3D Animation and Game Art.

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