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

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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 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 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. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

11. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island

Established in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is home to 2,449 students enrolled in around 38 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, and 22 graduate degree programs. Besides a large number of program offerings in the areas of Art and Design, Architecture, and Education, RISD has a large Film/Animation/Video Department (FAV). The Department offers a variety of programs for aspiring animators and filmmakers. Program options for animators include a BFA in Film/Animation/Video (BFA FAV).

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Cabrini College

Degrees Offered:  Graphic Design (BA); Minors available to all students: Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Music

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $28,932; Cabrini is one of the few colleges in the U.S. that have reduced and frozen tuition. Tuition and fees will remain under $30,000 through May 2016.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania home to one of the largest number of colleges and universities in the U.S. Many of the state’s 262 Title IV degree-granting schools also rank among the best in the nation. The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Bucknell University, and Lehigh University are just a few. While some of the state’s best schools are also the most expensive schools, they have Title IV status, which means they are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.  

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Few graduate gaming programs hold a candle to Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Founded by a dramatist and computer scientist (the latter of whom is the late Randy Pausch of The Last Lecture renown), the program balances art and technology. Research and development take a central role in this interdisciplinary sandbox where students are encouraged and expected to “learn, work, play”. To do so, they work with a host of corporate and non-profit sponsors for the most up-to-date and experiential education possible.

Drew Davidson is just the right person to immerse students in the world of interactive media. Joining ETC as a faculty member a decade ago, his passion has catapulted him into the spotlight and he has become a leading advocate and researcher in the field. Today, Davidson serves as Director of the ETC graduate program in addition to Founding Editor of ETC Press. We caught up with him to pick his brain on the origins of ETC, the unique sponsored projects that his students tackle, and the impact that he hopes they will have. (This interview was conducted via phone and has been edited minimally for clarity).

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to 262 Title IV degree-granting schools. Title IV status means each of the state’s more than 200 accredited colleges and universities are eligible for federal financial aid programs, making them more accessible to students with financial need. Title IV schools have five things in common.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to 262 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Only five other states have more than 200 Title IV schools. Pennsylvania has the third largest number of the six schools. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education. Once the requirements have met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students that may need help covering tuition costs. To earn Title IV status, the school must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) grant an associate's degree or higher, (3) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department.

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