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

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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Virginia State University

Virginia State University is one of the only HBCU-designated universities (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) offering an animation program. That’s a big deal for many reasons, not least of which is because animation relies on the backgrounds, experiences and creative voices of a diverse group of artists. The vision for developing the Animation BFA at VSU was thanks to numerous individuals, including a band of dedicated students (many of whom graduate this year) and one man who wouldn’t let them down.

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Viriginia New Media

New media artists use elements of computer science, design, editing, film, photography, reporting, and even special effects to convey messages to specific audiences. These creative, tech-savvy professionals understand that effective message design is the key to capturing clients’ target demographic. Because new media artists play a vital role in advertising, marketing, and public relations, they are in high demand in just about every field.

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Virginia Studio Art

Studio Art is “any type of visual art made in a studio.” A typical studio art program offers a focus in ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, painting, photography, and printmaking. However, studio art programs allow students to dabble in all areas, and some allow students to focus in multiple areas. Still, others may offer alternative concentrations in digital art, graphic design, or interior design studio, to name a few.

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Virginia Media Art

Media artists have a variety of exciting careers to choose from. A typical media arts program prepares students for a career in radio broadcasting, advertising, film, television production, and public relations, to name a few. In the State of Virginia, media arts graduates eventually end up in a major city such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake where you’ll find a variety of employment options at creative agencies, production studios, media and communications firms, and more. Just a few options include The Martin Agency (Richmond), LM&O Advertising (Arlington), TriVision Studios (Chantilly), and New Millennium Studios (Petersburg).

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Virginia Fine Art

Virginia is home to one of the largest populations of salaried artists in the U.S. Nearly 50,000 salaried artists work at colleges and universities, art museums, galleries, creative agencies, production studios, and more. Besides access to choice employment opportunities, aspiring fine artists settle in Virginia because of its active art and culture scene and variety of respected art and design programs.

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Film Schools in Virginia

October 23, 2012
Virginia Film Schools

The State of Virginia is big (12th largest in the country), bold (Virginia is known as the birthplace of the nation), and beautiful (The Natural Bridge and Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking). These are just a few reasons why more than 8 million people are proud to call Virginia home, and more than 2 million come to visit each year.

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Virginia Digital Video

A major in digital video can prepare you for a career in animation, film editing, producing, multimedia, and many other exciting fields. A typical program requires successful completion of courses such as 2D and 3D animation, digital editing, visual storytelling, photography, audio production, and cinema history. Students must also master industry-current applications such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, Avid Pro Tools, Final Cut, and more. Because digital video artists have such a diverse skill set, they are in high demand in the fields listed above as well as advertising and game design & development.

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Art Schools in Virginia

October 23, 2012
Virginia Art Schools

With more than 8 million residents, Virginia has the nation’s 12th largest population. The Old Dominion State attracts more than 2 million visitors each year thanks to dozens of natural attractions such as vast caverns, Shenandoah National Park (which features more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail), The Blue Ridge Mountains, and Assateague Island—a haven for wild ponies, beachgoers, and bird-watchers.

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Virginia Web Design

One of the most important marketing tools a business can have is a website. And not just any website—a good website. An expertly designed website has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of people around the globe 24/7/365. Because a website is such a powerful marketing tool, web designers & developers are in high demand. Even individuals and small organizations with a message or a cause use the website as a communication tool. So, matter which specialty you choose, you will have no problems finding a company or client to keep you busy and well fed!

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