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

Midwest

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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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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Mid-West

From sea to shining sea, there are excellent animation programs to be found in every corner of the nation and we’ve been on the hunt for them in. Today, we find ourselves smack in the middle of the nation for our fourth and final installment of our Best Animation Programs Top 20 list: the Midwest.

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North America

Animation is an exciting, dynamic and growing field—and good thing, because there are plenty of aspiring animators anxiously waiting in the wings to become the next Chuck Jones. But where exactly are all these animators going to be absorbed into the industry? 

Well, animation jobs tend to gravitate towards artistically focused epicenter cities that cater to entertainment sectors—like film and gaming—so living and learning in Bummsville, USA (population: 37) likely won't cut it if you want to be a successful animator.

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List of Illinois schools with game art, game design and game development degree

Below is a list of Illinois schools that offer game art, game design, and game development degree programs:

Bradley University, Peoria
Programs available: B. A., B. S., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; B. A., B. S. Interactive Media with Concentration in Animation and Visual Effects, Game Design or Web and Application Design; M. A., M. F. A. Drawing/Illustration, Visual Communications and Design

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List of Illinois schools with animation degree programs

Below is a list of Illinois schools that offer animation degree programs:

Bradley University, Peoria
Programs available: B. A., B. S., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; B. A., B. S. Interactive Media with Concentration in Animation and Visual Effects, Game Design or Web and Application Design; M. A., M. F. A. Drawing/Illustration, Visual Communications and Design

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List of Illinois schools with graphic design degree programs

Below is a list of Illinois schools that offer graphic design programs:

Bradley University, Peoria
Programs available: B. A., B. S., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; B. A., B. S. Interactive Media with Concentration in Animation and Visual Effects, Game Design or Web and Application Design; M. A., M. F. A. Drawing/Illustration, Visual Communications and Design

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Rockford, Illinois

Commercial businesses in the city of Rockford, Illinois offer numerous employment opportunities in the field of mobile app development.  Android and iPhone aficionados by the millions download mobile apps to watch movie trailers, read reviews, check local weather, manipulate photos, scan recipe collections and hundreds of thousand other functions.  These days, countless high tech professionals residing in Rockford seek exciting careers as app developers.

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How to become a mobile app developer in Chicago, Illinois

The city of Chicago, Illinois is alive with employment opportunities, especially for high tech professionals seeking work in the field of mobile application design.  People everywhere download apps for linguistic translations, price comparisons, event listings, message transmission, navigational devices and about a million other useful digital products.  Chicago businesses represent a strong demand for innovative professional app developers.

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How to become a mobile app developer in Illinois

The average iPhone holds many dozen downloaded apps.  People download apps to view flash cards, order pizza, read daily horoscopes, take notes, find search engines and perform a vast multitude of other digital tasks.  The high tech commercial economy in the state of Illinois is especially ripe with opportunities for local app developers.

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