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

 Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. 1. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1961, California Institute of the Arts is home to 1,489 students enrolled in more than 70 programs at all degree levels. The nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts attracts a large population of aspiring filmmakers and animators. Around 26.9 percent of the schools population is enrolled in the School of Film/Video. The School offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Public Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to 43,239 students enrolled in more than 220 programs across five schools and 109 academic departments. UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television is home to the Animation Workshop.

Founded in 1948 by Disney Animator William Shull, the Animation Workshop is a three-year MFA program that accepts just 12 new students each year. Before applying to the program, students typically earn a BA in Film and Television. The BA program gives future MFA students the opportunity to study all facets of Digital Media, Film, and Television, as well as a full year of Animation studies, followed by an internship. 

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Private Animation School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.


11. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, California

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts is the nation's first postsecondary institution to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Home to 1,489 students, with 26.9 percent enrolled in the School of Film/Video, CalArts offers a BFA degree in Character Animation, and a BFA and MFA in Experimental Animation.

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 game design and development programs in the Midwest.

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

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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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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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Top Graphic Design Programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to an impressive collection of fine colleges and universities. According to the latest report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), The Badger State is home to 84 Title IV colleges and universities. Just a few of the state’s top Title IVs include Lawrence University, Carthage College, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Beloit College, Carroll University, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Graphic Design Schools Wisconsin

Graphic Design Schools in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to one of the nation’s largest populations. With more than 5.7 million residents, Wisconsin is the nation’s 20th largest state. It is home to the nation’s 28th largest city—Milwaukee, the nation’s 82nd largest city—Madison and the Milwaukee-Waukesha Metropolitan area—the 39th largest metro area in the U.S. With more hustle and bustle than thirty other states, Wisconsin is home to one of the most progressive art and culture scenes in the region, if not the U.S.

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Wisconsin Graphic Design

What separates a good graphic design school from a great graphic design school? Is it the quality of the production facilities? Convenience? Cost? Financial aid and job placement services? The answer is—all of the above. A number of college ranking may assess everything from program offerings to student selectivity, while alums, students, and other groups may evaluate schools based on social programs, dorm life, tuition costs, convenience, and more.

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to nationally ranked schools such as Carroll University, Lawrence University, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), and University of Wisconsin Madison. These schools make it to the top of the list each year based on factors such as financial aid and career opportunites, types of organizations and clubs, convenience, social organizations, recreation, cost, and more.

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