University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayett) - Program Info, Interviews, and Rankings

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

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to the Animation Workshop of the School of Theater, Film and Television. Founded in 1948 by William Shull, a Disney animator, the UCLA Animation Workshop is a three-year MFA program (MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media) that accepts just 12 new students each year.

Students applying to the MFA program come from a variety of backgrounds; some have earned a BA or BFA in art or film studies, applicants also come from English, engineering, architecture, psychology, communications, and more. Animation graduates have landed positions at Pixar Animation Studios, and every major animation studio in Southern California; they have gone on to direct features such as The Simpsons Movie and Monster House and have directed with Tim Burton producing (the feature film 9). 

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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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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the largest member of the state’s public universities and ticks many of the boxes that students are often eager to find: a vibrant college town; large assortment of majors; NCAA Division 1 sports; and a sophisticated community complete with on-campus art exhibits, theater productions and more. For our purposes, UL’s budding Animation & Computer Arts concentration caught our attention when it recently made our Top 20 Southern List, and we were eager to learn more about the program.

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Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Animation and Computer Arts, Graphic Design or Media Art

Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $4,208, nonresidents $12,776 for the 2011 – 2012 school year

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