Profiles of Schools/Colleges in New York (NY) 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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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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New York Graphic Design Schools:

New York is home to 304 Title IV degree-granting. Title IV schools are approved for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need. To become a Title IV school an institution must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length (3) have signed a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) have been in business for at least two years.

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The New York City Art Scene

The State of New York has the second highest population of animators in the U.S. More than 90 percent of these artists live in New York City. Although Los Angeles holds the crown for producing and housing more animators than any other city, New York’s animation scene sees itself as a viable alternative to the L.A., rather than living in its shadow. Instead of relying on large studios to produce the bulk of the art in NYC, the industry taps into its hearty network of local freelancers and prolific indie production studios, with the goal of creating works with varied (and unique) points of view

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Alfred State

Degrees Offered: AAS - Digital Media & Animation, BS - Digital Media & Animation

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Marist College, Karen Schrier, Interactive Media, MIT,

From its idyllic perch overlooking the Hudson sits Marist College, a private liberal arts school long recognized for its academic excellence. Originally founded to cultivate the Catholic Marist Brotherhood, today the college welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds but remains committed to its founders’ humanist ideals and service to others.

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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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New York Film Academy

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Animation, Master of Fine Arts in Game Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design, Associate of Fine Arts in Game Design

Tuition Information :
3D Animation: $3,950 - $5,500 for short-term workshops; $15,000 per semester for Bachelor of Fine Arts program
Game Design: $10,000 - 15,000 per semester

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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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