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

Our 2014 rankings of the top programs on the East Coast for game design and development.

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

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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East

Our 2014 rankings of the top animation school programs on the East Coast. 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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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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EAST

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

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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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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