Profiles of Schools/Colleges in Ohio (OH) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 game design and development programs in the Midwest.

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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Our 2014 rankings of the top animation programs in the Midwest. We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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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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Midwest

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Columbus College of Art & Design

As one of the nation’s oldest private art colleges, Columbus College of Art & Design’s small classes and tight knit community may harken back to simpler times but there’s nothing simplistic or insignificant about its animation program. Though a relatively young program, the college has long been turning out successful graduates working in animation (many of whom were cultivated in CCAD’s Illustration and Media Studies programs). Today, the Animation department continues to catch the attention of those in the know- bolstering its compelling list of industry partners as well as successful working alumni.

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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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BGSU

Bowling Green State University may be in the heart of rural Ohio, but it plays home to one of the nation’s largest Digital Arts programs. With tracks that include Computer Animation & Video, Imaging and Interactive Multimedia, BGSU students also have a multitude of specialized courses to choose from that reflect the technological and industry evolutions of the field.

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Mid-West

From sea to shining sea, there are excellent animation programs to be found in every corner of the nation and we’ve been on the hunt for them in. Today, we find ourselves smack in the middle of the nation for our fourth and final installment of our Best Animation Programs Top 20 list: the Midwest.

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

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland
Programs available: B. F. A. Animation, Communication Design, Game Design, Illustration, Technology and Integrated Media Environment (T. I. M. E.) – Digital Arts, Video

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List of Ohio schools with animation degree programs

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

The Art Institutes, Cincinnati
Programs available: 3-D Model for Game & Animation (D), 3 D Animation (C), 2 D Animation (C), Character Animation for Games (C), Graphic Design (AS)

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