Profiles of Schools/Colleges in Massachusetts (MA) 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

Since the days of America’s revolutionary founding, Boston’s culture of innovation has fostered and produced some of the country’s preeminent thought-leaders. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the city’s most beloved institutions of higher learning continues to attract top talent (both faculty and students) eager to reach new heights. Northeastern University is home to a plethora of top-ranked departments including a Game Design program that rivals any.

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MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, better known as MassArt, was founded in the latter half of the nineteenth century to serve as a training school for drawing teachers in Boston. Today, it’s a publicly funded art school which has grown to encompass a plethora of top ranked departments including an animation program rivaling any other.

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Emerson College

Located in the heart of Beantown, Emerson College’s history as a leading northeastern private institution spans more than a century. Its BA and BFA in Animation & Motion Media programs encompass many areas including computer and film animation, visual effects, compositing and motion graphics. Indeed, one of the best aspects of the program at Emerson is its integrated approach to the craft where students utilize a variety of mediums to test the bounds.

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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 Massachusetts schools with game art, game design and game development de

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

American Career Institute, Springfield, Cambridge, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree
Programs available: Graphic Design, Digital Gaming Design, Graphic and Web Design

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List of Massachusetts schools with animation degree programs

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

Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston
Programs available: B. F. A. Animation, Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Visual Arts; Advanced Professional Certificates in Animation, Design and Illustration

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List of Massachusetts schools with graphic design degree programs

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

American Career Institute, Springfield, Cambridge, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree
Programs available: Graphic Design, Digital Gaming Design, Graphic and Web Design

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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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