For the past ten years Animation Career Review has been published annual rankings of the top animation and game design college programs in the US and abroad. In recent years we have received significant feedback from prospective students and/or their parents seeking guidance and information about Visual Effects (VFX) program options. In response to this demand, we have decided to publish rankings for Visual Effects (VFX).

We are currently collecting information about VFX programs across the US as part of our 2021 rankings of the top VFX college programs in the US. These rankings will be our first of what we intend to be annual rankings. As part of our information gathering process, we kindly ask that a representative from each school complete this survey. We are seeking information from every college offering a program with a specific focus on VFX, be it a formal degree, a concentration or area emphasis, or a minor or certificate.

Our hope is that these rankings provide prospective VFX students and their parents with a viable starting point to identify the colleges and programs that best fit their academic needs and ambitions. Our ranking criteria will consist of -in no particular order- academic reputation, admissions selectivity, depth and breadth of faculty, and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

RankSchool
Auburn University, AL
University of Alaska-Fairbanks, AK
Arizona State University, AZ
University of Advancing Technology, AZ
John Brown University, AR
Academy of Art University, CA
Art Center College of Design, CA
Azusa Pacific University, CA
Biola University, CA
California State University-Fullerton, CA
California State University-Monterey Bay, CA
Chapman University, CA
Gnomon School of Visual Effects, CA
Hussian College In Studio (Los Angeles), CA
Los Angeles Film School, CA
Laguna College of Art and Design, CA
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, CA
New York Film Academy (Los Angeles), CA
Otis College of Art and Design, CA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA
University of Silicon Valley, CA
University of Southern California (USC), CA
Universal Arts School (Hollywood Campus), CA
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Sacred Heart University, CT
University of Connecticut, CT
Western Connecticut State University, CT
Wilmington University, DE
Howard University, DC
Florida Atlantic University, FL
Florida State University, FL
Lynn University, FL
Miami Dade College, FL
The DAVE School, FL
University of Central Florida, FL
University of Florida, FL
University of Tampa, FL
Lynn University, FL
Georgia State University, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), GA
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), GA
University of Idaho, ID
Bradley University, IL
Columbia College Chicago, IL
DePaul University, IL
Eastern Illinois University, IL
Northwestern University, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Ball State University, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN
Purdue University, IN
Wichita State University, KS
Kentucky State University, KY
Northern Kentucky University, KY
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, LA
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), LA
Bowie State University, MD
Towson University, MD
Lesley University, MA
Ferris State University, MI
Northern Michigan University, MI
College for Creative Studies, MI
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, MN
University of Southern Mississippi, MI
Avila University, MO
Missouri Western State University, MO
University of Missouri, MO
Webster University, MO
University of Montana, MT
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Wayne State College, NE
Dartmouth College, NH
Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
Monmouth University, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), NJ
Ramapo College of New Jersey, NJ
New Mexico State University, NM
Brooklyn College (The City University of New York - CUNY), NY
New York City College of Technology, NY
New York Film Academy, NY
New York University, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY
School of Visual Arts, NY
State University of New York at Fredonia, NY
St. John's University, NY
Syracuse University, NY
The New School Center for Media, NY
University of Rochester, NY
Living Arts College, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem), NC
Western Carolina University, NC
Bowling Green State University, OH
Columbus College of Art and Design, OH
Tiffin University, OH
University of Toledo, OH
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, OK
George Fox University, OR
Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Drexel University, PA
Hussian College (Philadelphia), PA
Lycoming College, PA
Point Park University, PA
University of the Arts, PA
Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Clemson University, SC
Dakota State University, SD
Southeast Technical College, SD
Austin Peay State University, TN
East Tennessee State University, TN
Southern Adventist University, TN
Abilene Christian University, TX
Southern Methodist University, TX
Tarleton State University, TX
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
University of Texas at Austin, TX
Brigham Young University, UT
University of Utah, UT
Utah Valley University, UT
Northern Vermont University, VT
Southern Virginia University, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, WA
Clover Park Technical College, WA
DigiPen Institute of Technology, WA
Seattle Film Institute, WA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #10 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.
RankSchool
Sacred Heart University, CT
University of Connecticut, CT
Western Connecticut State University, CT
Wilmington University, DE
Howard University, DC
Bowie State University, MD
Towson University, MD
Lesley University, MA
Dartmouth College, NH
Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
Monmouth University, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), NJ
Ramapo College of New Jersey, NJ
Brooklyn College (The City University of New York - CUNY), NY
New York City College of Technology, NY
New York Film Academy, NY
New York University, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY
School of Visual Arts, NY
State University of New York at Fredonia, NY
St. John's University, NY
Syracuse University, NY
The New School Center for Media, NY
University of Rochester, NY
Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Drexel University, PA
Hussian College (Philadelphia), PA
Lycoming College, PA
Point Park University, PA
University of the Arts, PA
Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Northern Vermont University, VT
Southern Virginia University, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #10 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.
RankSchool
University of Idaho, ID
Bradley University, IL
Columbia College Chicago, IL
DePaul University, IL
Eastern Illinois University, IL
Northwestern University, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Ball State University, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN
Purdue University, IN
Wichita State University, KS
Ferris State University, MI
Northern Michigan University, MI
College for Creative Studies, MI
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, MN
Avila University, MO
Missouri Western State University, MO
University of Missouri, MO
Webster University, MO
University of Montana, MT
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Wayne State College, NE
Bowling Green State University, OH
Columbus College of Art and Design, OH
Tiffin University, OH
University of Toledo, OH
Dakota State University, SD
Southeast Technical College, SD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #10 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.
RankSchool
Auburn University, AL
John Brown University, AR
Florida Atlantic University, FL
Florida State University, FL
Lynn University, FL
Miami Dade College, FL
The DAVE School, FL
University of Central Florida, FL
University of Florida, FL
University of Tampa, FL
Lynn University, FL
Georgia State University, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), GA
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), GA
Kentucky State University, KY
Northern Kentucky University, KY
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, LA
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), LA
University of Southern Mississippi, MI
Living Arts College, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem), NC
Western Carolina University, NC
Clemson University, SC
Austin Peay State University, TN
East Tennessee State University, TN
Southern Adventist University, TN
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #10 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.
RankSchool
Arizona State University, AZ
University of Advancing Technology, AZ
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
New Mexico State University, NM
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, OK
Abilene Christian University, TX
Southern Methodist University, TX
Tarleton State University, TX
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
University of Texas at Austin, TX
Brigham Young University, UT
University of Utah, UT
Utah Valley University, UT
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #5 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.
RankSchool
University of Alaska-Fairbanks, AK
Academy of Art University, CA
Art Center College of Design, CA
Azusa Pacific University, CA
Biola University, CA
California State University-Fullerton, CA
California State University-Monterey Bay, CA
Chapman University, CA
Gnomon School of Visual Effects, CA
Hussian College In Studio (Los Angeles), CA
Los Angeles Film School, CA
Laguna College of Art and Design, CA
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, CA
New York Film Academy (Los Angeles), CA
Otis College of Art and Design, CA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA
University of Silicon Valley, CA
University of Southern California (USC), CA
Universal Arts School (Hollywood Campus), CA
George Fox University, OR
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, WA
Clover Park Technical College, WA
DigiPen Institute of Technology, WA
Seattle Film Institute, WA
Please rank with #1 being the highest and #10 the lowest. Please exclude your own institution.