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

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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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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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Drexel

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

Businessdictionary.com 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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Pennsylvania

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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Pennsylvania

From Carnegie Mellon University to Penn State, Pennsylvania is home to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. While many top schools here are famous for law, medicine, science, and other prime fields, Pennsylvania’s top schools are also known for art and design. These schools offer a variety of art and design programs, ranging from fine art and film to communication design.

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Pennsylvania

From the eclectic lake city of Erie to progressive Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania has a lot to offer aspiring designers. In addition to scenic cities and progressive urban centers, Pennsylvania is home to a large collection of fine art and design venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art (one of the largest art museums in the U.S.), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Carnegie Museum of Art.

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