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


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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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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Edinboro University

Edinboro University may be situated in the rural northwestern corner of Pennsylvania but graduates of its animation program can be found practicing the craft near and far- from the world’s largest studios to avant-garde experimental shops alike.

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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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Drexel University is a top ranked national university situated in the heart of Philadelphia and home to some 11,000 undergraduates. It also boasts the distinguished Westphal College of Media Arts & Design which couples studio work with experiential learning.

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Pennsylvania animation schools

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

Drexel University, Philadelphia
Programs available: B. S. Animation and Visual Effects, Game Art and Production, Graphic Design, Web Development and Interaction Design; M. S. Digital Media

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List of Pennsylvania schools with graphic design degree programs

Below is a list of Pennsylvania schools that offer graphic design programs:

Arcadia University, Glenside
Programs available: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design

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Pennsylvania defines digital media as “digitized content such as audio, video, graphics, and text that can be transmitted over the Internet or computer networks.” Not surprisingly, artists in this field work in top creative industries such as advertising, game design, graphic design, publishing, web design, and photography. Digital artists with an advanced degree may choose to work in education, consulting, in the non-profit sector, government, museums, or independently.

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Multimedia artists are creative, computer savvy, and current. Also called “multimedia designers,” multimedia artists use their technical and creative skills to produce graphic designs, animated projects, text, images, videos, and more. These artists typically work at creative firms, production studios, publishing companies, web design studios, game design firms, and other similar environments. Many multimedia artists are self-employed, so they might work for an assortment of clients, and in many different roles.

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