Profiles of Schools/Colleges in New York (NY) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

Our inaugural list of the Top 10 Graphic Design School Programs on the East Coast. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island (Top 1% of schools considered)

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a private, not-for-profit, four-year art school. It is home to 2,014 undergraduate students and 435 graduate students from across the U.S. and 57 other countries. This co-educational art school offers 32 degree programs, including graphic design—one of the RISD’s top five most popular majors. Offerings include a BFA in Graphic Design and a two- or three-year MFA in Graphic Design.

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New York Animation Schools October 26, 2015

New York

The U.S. is home to nearly 1.8 million professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. Nearly 200,000 of these professionals live in New York. The population of artists in New York is so large, is only second to California’s population of 290,160. Artists are attracted to New York for obvious reasons.

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 New York

Despite a hefty price tag, New York is still a mecca for aspiring artists and designers or all kinds. The state is home to major art museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it is also home to some of the largest advertising agencies in the world such as Omnicom Group, Interpublic Group, BBDO, JWT, DDB Worldwide, and Deutsch Inc. A number of major studios can be found here, such as Broadway Stages, Steiner Studios, Kaufman Astoria, and Silvercup Studios, and top graphic design studios such as Vignelli Associates, Chermayeff & Geismar, Sagmeister & Walsh, Huge, and Pentagram. 

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Digital Media Schools in New York

Digital media is digitized content such as audio, video, graphics, and text that can be transmitted over the Internet or computer networks, according to This means, digital media artists can find work in a wide variety of fields such as advertising, animation, public relations and marketing, film and video, radio and television broadcasting, gaming, graphic design, publishing, web design, photography, education, consulting, non-profit, government, museums, and more.

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Animation Careers in New York Overview

The State of New York is home to one of the largest populations of multimedia artists and animators in the U.S. It is home to one of the world’s largest communities of fine artists and one of the largest film and video industries in the nation. New York is also home to a wide variety of animation studios, both big and small. While California is the top state for animators, New York has a lot to offer as well. Animators here have the opportunity to: 

  • Work at a small animation studio where ideas will not go unnoticed
  • Collaborate with smaller production teams
  • Work on all aspects of any given production
  • Earn the fourth highest salary for multimedia artists and animators in the nation

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Digital Art Schools in New York September 14, 2015

Digital Art Schools in New York

New York is home to the nation’s second largest population of professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media (ADESM) occupations as categorized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. California is home to the largest group. While many New York artists still work with paint, plaster, and fibers, many artists today rely heavily on computers and software to create art. Digital artists belong to this group and their technical skills and creativity are in high demand at ad agencies, media firms, animation studios, game design firms, web design companies, and more.

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School of Visual Arts

Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Cartooning, Computer Art, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Computer Art

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $35,000; Graduate $39,200 (digital art) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Tuition does not include undergraduate fees of $640-$1,340 (depending on the program) per semester or graduate fees of $1,500 per semester (depending on the program).

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Illustration Schools in New York

Today’s illustrators have to have more than talent. They have to be innovative, confident and even tech savvy. In fact, according to the Bureau pf Labor Statistics, “increasingly, illustrators use computers in their work. They might draw in pen and pencil and then scan the image into a computer to be colored in, or use a special pen to draw images directly onto the computer.”

As such, today’s aspiring illustrators may find themselves working for a top technology firm, a law enforcement agency, science lab, medical institute, in the academic arena or even an engineering company. However, more common careers for illustrators include advertising, publishing, filmmaking, political cartoons, animation, and gaming. Whether in science and engineering or entertainment, aspiring illustrators in the State of New York will find just about every type of illustration job they can think of, and then some. 

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Animator, professor, historian, author, producer, lecturer and Academy Award winner- John Canemaker has donned many hats throughout his illustrious career. At NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, he has shared his intimate knowledge and love of animation to guide thirty-five years’ worth of young creatives as they learn the finer points of the craft.

No matter the type of animation employed, Canemaker keenly teaches his students the fundamentals that persist. He personally knew and worked with many of the standard-bearers of the animation- including several of Disney’s Nine Old Men. But his status in the world of animation belies his humble origins and late-blooming start. Were it not for words of encouragement from a college instructor at the age of 28, his career might have taken an entirely different trajectory.

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Our 2015 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.

11. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) was founded in 1900. It is home nearly 13,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs across seven colleges and schools. The College of Fine Arts-Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe), and the School of Computer Science-Computer Science Department offer a unique program for aspiring game designers. The Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) features a Concentration in Game Design.

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