College Outreach: Where animation and design colleges describe their programs, in their own unfiltered words.

Programs to consider:

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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So, you’re interested in animation programs in the charming American south? Lucky for you, the region offers a wide range of educational opportunities for future animators, but you might have to look a bit harder at times. That’s why we’ve compiled our own list of 20 southern schools worthy of your attention. Comparing programs can be akin to comparing apples to oranges, but we’ve tried to provide you with a solid list of programs that touch every area of animation. Mind you, when it comes to landing your first- or fifth- industry job, studios will first and foremost look at the applicant’s portfolio and personality. An education should provide you with the foundation you need to thrive.

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Liberty University

Degrees Offered: B. S. Studio and Digital Arts: Graphic Design

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $18,562 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,406 per year.

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Think Tank

People often ask me why Think Tank is so popular. There are so many things that make us different but the main thing is our level of commitment to our students and our philosophy for learning.

When students first come to the school they are taught a various range of disciplines to help them become well rounded in all aspects of the entertainment industry. By second semester they start to specialize in certain areas that they enjoy the most or are most skilled at, but generally these two things go hand and hand.

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We’re number one!

We’re number one!

We’re number… 

Umm…wait a minute. 

With all due respect to this site, which recently declared Sheridan College’s animation program number one in the world, I don’t think it’s possible to definitively state that one animation program is absolutely the best.  How is it being measured?  Is it the number of graduates?  The number of graduates employed?  The number employed on high profile projects?  The number who have won awards?  The number who make the most money? 

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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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Think Tank Training Centre

Vancouver’s Think Tank Training Centre caters to very driven animation students who seek a studio-like environment to learn the ropes of the industry. And do they ever find it! When the school was founded in 2005, it became a beta tester for the then-new Mudbox, the 3D sculpting tool used by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital.

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Our Top 20 in the Western U.S. Region

Breaking into the creatively-powered, passionate and playful animation industry may sound like cakewalk to those who have spent the better part of their lives doodling and watching cartoons, but the pursuit of perfection makes the industry chew up and spit out all but the crème de la crème. Hence, it’s no longer enough to take a few crash courses in animation and expect to break into an exciting career in animation, let alone stay there.

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The animation education industy has never been so competitive, with schools competing for students and students competing for a small number of available industry jobs. The job rate and student employability has dropped to the lowest in years, so a top-notch animation education has never been so critical.

All this has made choosing the right animation school extremely difficult. To help students navigate through the world of animation schools, we've put together the Top 100 most highly-regarded and sought after animation schools on the planet. This list of the Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design was compiled via a mixture of school reviews, industry-reviewed lists like the Princeton Review, and via a survey of the animation industry professionals and recruiters from companies like Pixar, J.J. Sedelmaier and DreamWorks who were featured in our Interview Series. And without further ado, here are your Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design: 

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Sheridan

Tucked within Sheridan College’s modern campus in a historic Toronto suburb, the intimate Animation Program is busy cultivating the next generation of animators. Out of some 600 applicants each year, the school carefully selects little more than 100 to embark on a full-time, four year journey that will lead to much more than a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree.

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