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

Our 2014 rankings of the top programs on the East Coast for game design and development.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Our 2014 rankings of the top animation school programs on the East Coast. We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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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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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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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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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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