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

 

Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 schools for game design and development in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 10 Animation Schools in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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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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Texas

According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Texas is home to 252 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities. This means, the state has the fourth highest number of Title IV schools in the U.S. Texas’s Title IV schools are also among the best in the nation and because they are Title IV, these institutions are eligible for federal financial aid programs. This means, students with financial need have access to all schools—from the most to least expensive.   

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San Antonio Art Scene

San Antonio has a growing art scene that offers art walks and fairs year-round, dozens of art museums and art galleries of all sizes, and a growing number of art venues and associations that encourage experimental art of all kinds. A good example is the city’s signature arts event called Luminaria. This outdoor public festival is open to all and features film and media artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians, literary artists, and much more.

To get an idea of how fast the art scene has grown in San Antonio, Luminaria has tripled in size over the years, so it moved to a 90-acre park beginning in 2011. This is exciting news for animators interested in displaying their work. The larger space accommodates bigger crowds, larger installations, and more stages for performances. 

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The Houston Art Scene

It’s easy to be an artist in Houston. Why? For starters, Houston is the largest and one of the most creative cities in Texas, yet the Houston art scene isn’t oversaturated. Next, Houston is considered the country’s number one job creator, it is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies and a dollar stretches farther here than anywhere else  in the U.S. Finally, Houston’s local galleries are not so conservative as some people think. In fact, the city’s numerous galleries and institutes are open to displaying experimental art of all kinds—this includes animation. 

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Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest

Our 2013 list of the Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Texas A&M

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Visualization, Master of Science in Visualization, Master of Fine Arts in Visualization.

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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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Texas

The main goal of a visual communications artist is to creatively convey messages and defined ideas. They accomplish this goal by using elements of graphic design, illustration, photography, multimedia, painting, and more to create visual materials that entertain, sell, or inform. Visual communications artists create visual materials for creative agencies, industrial and interior design firms, book and magazine publishers, museums, and more.

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