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

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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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 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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From public interactive installations to the images we see on the big screen, examples of visual art are all around us. Animation, graphic design, photography, and digital and interactive art are just a few common forms of visual art. It takes a special individual to create visual art that captures the viewer’s attention, so the field is full of multifaceted artists with advanced creative and technical skills. They create multiple forms of art for art museums, the cinema, advertising agencies, graphics firms, animation studios, and more.

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Studio art is any type of visual art made in a studio. This includes everything from paintings, sculptures, and photographs to installations, experimental art, glass blown pieces, and more. While many studio art programs focus on drawing, painting, ceramics, fiber, glass, printmaking, and photography, some also offer graphic design and interior design studio.

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Art Schools in South Carolina

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Say the word “art” and paintings and sculptures may come to mind. Sure, painting and sculpting are staples in the world of the, but dozens of other forms of artistic expression exist. They can be seen in advertising, films, animated productions, window displays, buildings, retail shops, public spaces, structures, and more. Because art is such a diverse field, a typical degree program will feature multiple disciplines. Students may study painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital art, ceramic art, printmaking, and more. Fortunately, the state of South Carolina is home to a variety of schools that offer well-rounded programs that work well with today’s ever-evolving art world.

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So, you’re interested in animation programs in the charming American south? Lucky for you, the region offers a wide range of educational opportunities for future animators, but you might have to look a bit harder at times. That’s why we’ve compiled our own list of 20 southern schools worthy of your attention. Comparing programs can be akin to comparing apples to oranges, but we’ve tried to provide you with a solid list of programs that touch every area of animation. Mind you, when it comes to landing your first- or fifth- industry job, studios will first and foremost look at the applicant’s portfolio and personality. An education should provide you with the foundation you need to thrive.

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South Carolina is home to a sizable collection of top-tier colleges. Anderson University, Clemson University, Erskine College, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University are just a few. These schools, along with 69 other colleges in the state, have Title IV status. This means, they have met five strict requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education.

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South Carolina is home to 75 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. Many of these schools offer excellent programs for artists and designers—including graphic designers. Just a few include Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and Coker College. These colleges, along with some of state’s other Title IV schools, may be expensive, but because they have Title IV status, they are eligible for federal financial aid programs.

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Graphic designers are in high demand in advertising, web design, mobile communications, marketing and public relations, technology, publishing, retail, and more. Since 2002, the industry has generated more than 50,000 new jobs and salaries have increased as well. Ten-year projections are so positive that schools have prepared by creating competitive graphic design programs or by expanding existing ones. The State of Carolina is right up there with the leaders of the pack.

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