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

Our 2016 rankings of the top private animation schools 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. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is home to 2,481 students from across the U.S. and 57 other countries. This private art school offers 32 art and design programs and it has a large Film/Animation/Video Department (FAV) where students can earn a BFA in Film/Animation/Video (BFA FAV). This program is one he schools top five most popular majors.

RISD graduates include famous animators and directors such as Seth Macfarlane, creator of Family Guy, Daniel Sousa, animator and director of the Oscar-nominated film Feral, and Lance Wilder, animator for The Simpsons.

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Our 2015 list of the Top 25 Public Graphic Design School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (Top 1% of schools considered)

Established in 1838, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is home to more than 31,000 students enrolled in around 226 certificate and degree programs across 13 schools and one college. The School of the Arts is home to the Department of Graphic Design. The Department offers two programs for aspiring graphic designers. Students may choose between the BFA in Graphic Design or the MFA with a Concentration in Visual Communications (Graphic Design).

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Our 2015 list of the Top 25 Private Graphic Design School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) was founded during the 19th-century Industrial Revolution, when the textiles and jewelry manufacturing industries were beginning to take off in Providence. Since 1877, this private, not-for-profit, four-year art school has taught art and design to thousands of students and it has educated the general public “about the intrinsic value of the arts to society.” Today, the school 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, with graphic design leading the pack. Degree offerings include a BFA in Graphic Design and a two- or three-year MFA in Graphic Design.

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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 Businessdictionary.com. 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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