Profiles of Schools/Colleges in North Carolina (NC) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 game design and development schools in the South. We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. 

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11. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is home to more than 11,000 students enrolled in more than 40 majors and 60+ minors. Founded in 1978, SCAD has campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. The School of Digital Media at SCAD offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Interactive Design and Game Development and a Certificate in Interactive Design. A Minor in Interactive Design and Game Development is also on the menu.  

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 Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. 1. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1961, California Institute of the Arts is home to 1,489 students enrolled in more than 70 programs at all degree levels. The nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. Around 26.9 percent of the schools population is enrolled in the School of Film/Video. The School offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2015 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 (UCLA), Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to 43,239 students enrolled in more than 220 programs across five schools and 109 academic departments. UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television is home to the Animation Workshop.

Founded in 1948 by Disney Animator William Shull, the Animation Workshop is a three-year MFA program that accepts just 12 new students each year. Before applying to the program, students typically earn a BA in Film and Television. The BA program gives future MFA students the opportunity to study all facets of Digital Media, Film, and Television, as well as a full year of Animation studies, followed by an internship. 

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Private Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.


11. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Home to 1,489 students, with 26.9 percent enrolled in the School of Film/Video, CalArts offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and a BFA and MFA in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2015 rankings of the top animation schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

11. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

Established in 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) is home to nearly 1,300 students enrolled in 14 majors leading to a BA or BFA degree. The school, which was founded by John Ringling—co-founder of the Ringling Bros. and co-owner of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, offers one program for aspiring animators—a BFA in Computer Animation. The four-year degree program highlights Storytelling, Modeling, Lighting, Motion and Sound, and other related areas.

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North Carolina Graphic Design Schools

North Carolina is home to 139 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school has been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, they have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they grant an associate's degree or higher, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school has met these requirements, it becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.

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North Carolina Animation Schools: Most to Least Expensive

North Carolina is home to 139 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, they have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they grant an associate's degree or higher, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school has met these requirements, it becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.

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North Carolina

North Carolina is home to 139 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools grant an associate's degree or higher, the have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department,  they have been in business for at least two years, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. By meeting these requirements (established by the U.S. Department of Education), North Carolina’s 139 Title IV schools are eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs. This makes them accessible to students that may need help meeting tuition costs. 

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Our 2014 rankings of the top game design and development schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

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Our 2014 rankings of the top animation schools in the South.

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

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