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

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Our 2013 list of the Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools on the West Coast. 

For the record, we define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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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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Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Art; B. F. A. Visual Communication Design

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate residents $7,372, nonresidents $18,117 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

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The art and culture scene is a major attraction in hip cities such as Seattle, but Washington’s smaller towns and villages have also proven that they can hold their own in the creative arena. Travel to Bellingham—the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border¹, and you’ll find a variety of art venues and organizations such as  The Arts Commission, The Downtown Art Walk, and the Whatcom Museum. Head to Redmond where the active Redmond Arts Commission provides theatrical productions in the park, concerts at City Hall, and more than 100 public art displays by local and regional artists.

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Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) is a unique degree program that combines technology, art, social sciences, and humanities “in a critical and creative framework designed to meet individual student interests as well as the needs of contemporary audiences and employers” (wsu.edu). Because this program combines multiple disciplines and subjects, graduates will be prepared to work in a wide variety of creative and technology-centered careers. A DTC degree can prepare you for a career as a art director, game designer, or a graphic artist, as well as multimedia development, entertainment media, print production, web development, technical writing, and content development. Because the degree focuses on art, culture, and technology, graduates may also find work in public affairs, information technology, information management, educational media, and even teaching.

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Visual communications artists are a versatile bunch. They work in industries such as film and video, advertising, radio and television broadcasting, education, and even aerospace products and parts manufacturing! These unique individuals communicate ideas through the use of graphic design, illustration, digital art, and more. They create posters and packaging, as well as designs for print publications, productions, and more. Visual communications artists possess a very special skill set, which is only one reason why the demand for VCAs is at an all-time high in so many different industries.

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The Evergreen State is home to some of the “artsiest” cities in the country. Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane are just a few cities that offer a vibrant art and culture scene that has something for everyone. Seattle is home to renowned art venues such as Seattle Art Museum and Frye Art Museum, while Tacoma is home to the progressive Tacoma Art Museum. Spokane’s vibrant art community consists of venues such as Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University.

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A visual design program can help prepare you for a variety of positions in the advertising, film, publishing, motion design, web design, information design, film and video, and more. A typical program curriculum includes courses such as design fundamentals, drawing, digital foundations, typography, visual communication design, and more. In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend a significant amount of time in a studio setting, where they can create visual designs for the final portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to complete an internship program, which could lead to a position in the field. Fortunately, several schools in the State of Washington offer solid programs for aspiring visual designers, and all have excellent internship programs and job placement services.

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From the cloudy but vibrant city of Seattle to the popular port city of Tacoma, Washington State has an enclave for every type of aspiring designer. In Seattle, designers have easy access to an array of art and design venues such as the Seattle Design Center, Design in Public (also “The Center for Design” or just “The Center”), Seattle Art Museum, and Frye Art Museum. Travel to Tacoma where you’ll find the intricately designed Museum of Glass (Tacoma), or pay a visit to Vancouver to browse the galleries of the inspiring Art on the Boulevard. The Bellevue Arts Museum, and The Russell Day Gallery in Everett are also well worth the trip.

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Washington is one of the nation’s largest states by population. As of August 2012, the nations thirteenth largest state was home to more than 6.8 million residents. Washington is home to six cities with a population of more than 100,000 and more than 80 cities and places with more than 15,000 residents. The state is also home to dozens of charming small towns and villages.

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