For a creative arts and polytech college, there are few better places to be situated than in the heart of Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. Cogswell College certainly benefits greatly from its immediate surroundings which offer a wealth of opportunity for students and faculty alike. But it’s the college’s unique blend of a strong foundational curriculum (culminating in Bachelor degrees) alongside marketable skillsets for competitive industries that attract aspiring game designers, 3D animators and digital artists.
California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) is home to one of the nation's most exploratory, arts-based animation programs at a public liberal arts university. For those seeking a rigorous animation education, CSULA’s Art B.A.- Animation option has them covered. Uniquely, no portfolio is required for admissions; however, students are quickly expected to acquire and exhibit their foundational footing while integrating a wide array of animation styles and experimental techniques.
Unique Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Animation and Game Design in the Midwest - West North Central: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
The U.S. Census Bureau says that the Midwest consists of two Divisions—East North Central and West North Central. The East North Central Division includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each Division in the Midwest region has its fair share of colleges and universities, and many of them offer exceptional art and design programs.
Can’t decide whether to major in Animation or Cinema? These days you don’t have to choose because today’s animation programs offer the opportunity to study multiple areas, so you’ll graduate with skills in more than one discipline. Students interested in Animation and Cinema may select a concentration or focus area, a minor or double major, a customized curriculum, or even a double degree. No matter which route you choose, each program will provide the education and training needed to qualify for positions in both Animation and Cinema.
Georgia Southern University may not immediately spring to mind for those seeking an animation option during their undergraduate years. But it warrants a closer look, as it’s unusual to find a comprehensive minor in the craft of animation alongside a slew of enticing majors.
The animation industry is crazy competitive these days, with more than 64,000 talented full-time artists working at studios, design firms, and creative agencies across the U.S. alone. Thousands more work part-time or independently in a range of creative industries, while others work in less common industries such as architecture, engineering, law and medicine. Though competitive and constantly evolving, students are finding ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. One way is to specialize in an in-demand area (or two).
Not every university offers its faculty members the opportunity to explore the role of the arts within the context of modern day society. But Carnegie Mellon University isn’t your average institute of higher education. Through its Center for the Arts in Society (CAS), artists and scholars are tasked with examining the convergence of art and culture against the backdrop of an interdisciplinary 3-year initiative format.
Though the fall semester has already begun, you can still start applying to programs for Fall 2018. Besides the new game design program’s we’ve already told you about—Clemson’s MFA in Digital Production Arts (DPA), Staffordshire University’s BA in eSports, and EKU’s Minor in Game Content Creation among them, we managed to find a few others that just might take you to “another level.” We are happy to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) have launched several programs for aspiring game designers who aren’t afraid to aim high.
The fall semester is in full swing, with dozens of new animation programs welcoming hundreds of students for the very first time. Kennesaw State University welcomed its first group of Digital Animation BFA students in August and Wichita State University just opened its doors to dozens of aspiring animators who were accepted into the schools innovative Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Arts (BAA).