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

Our 2014 rankings of the top game design and development 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 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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For the record, we define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

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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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Tennessee

Tennessee is home to some of the nation’s top schools. Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Sewanee-The University of the South, Union University, The University of Tennessee, and Belmont University are just a few. These colleges make the cut each year based on job placement services, facilities, types of organizations and clubs, convenience, affordability, and more. Tennessee’s top schools are also listed as the “best” schools, but for different reasons. A “best” school has a wide variety of program offerings, superior graduation and retention rates, excellent faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), and ample financial resources. Student selectivity and peer assessment are also considered.

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What sets the best animation schools apart from the rest? Is it popularity? Excellent job placement services? Superior production facilities? Cost? Well, it depends. College ranking organizations such as Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report may place several factors high on the list from faculty resources to program offerings. On the other side, students, alums, and others may consider cost and convenience first.

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Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is home to 109 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools are eligible for federal financial aid programs, which means that are more accessible to students with financial need. To become a Title IV school, the institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) be in business for at least 2 years.

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Tennessee

With a population of more than 6.4 million, Tennessee is the nation’s seventeenth largest state. This vast state is known for country music, down home cooking, eye-catching attractions, and an art and culture scene that offers many surprises. Stop in Memphis where you’ll find popular art museums such as Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Head to Knoxville to visit the Knoxville Museum of Art, the energetic Jubilee Community Arts Cultural Center or The Bijou Theater Center. Drive down to Nashville to explore Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery, Cheekwood Art & Gardens or the magnetic Parthenon.

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