61. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth) was established in 1895. The
school sits on a 710-acre campus and it is home to 9,210 students enrolled in more than 170 programs throughout 7 colleges and schools. The College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) is home to the school’s top-rated art and design programs, which includes several programs for aspiring animators.
Offerings include a BFA in Visual Design with an option in Digital Media and a BFA in Illustration. Curricular offerings within the BFA in Visual Design - Digital Media include 2D Animation, 3D Modeling, Digital Imaging, Storytelling and Storyboarding, and 3D Modeling. The school also offers a MFA in Visual Design and a Fine Arts Certificate.
62. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Founded in 1910, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) was named one of the top public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school sits on a 1,338-acre campus just 30 minutes from Toledo, and it is home to more than 20,000 students enrolled in 200+ undergraduate majors and programs. Among these programs is one of the nation’s leading programs for animators and other digital artists.
The School of Art, Digital Arts Division offers a BFA in Digital Arts and a BA in Art with a Digital Arts Specialization. Focus areas include Computer Animation & Video, Interactive Multimedia, and Imaging. BGSU also offers an MFA Degree in Digital Arts which offers intensive study in the areas of 3D Modeling and Animation, Interactive Multimedia Development, Digital Video, Digital Imaging, and more.
To enhance their education and career opportunities, aspiring animators and other digital artists might consider the BFA in Studio Art with a Major in 2D Studies, which includes Drawing and Painting, or the BA in Art which includes 2D Studies, 3D Studies, and Digital Arts. The Theatre & Film Department offers a BA in Film with a Specialization in Film Production and a Film Minor.
63. University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) was established in 1966. It sits on a 500-acre campus just 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. This Honors University is home to nearly 14,000 students and it offers 44 undergraduate majors, 36 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs, and 17 graduate certificate programs across 6 colleges and schools. UMBC also offers 41 undergraduate minors and 20 certificate programs.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Department of Visual Arts (VArts) which offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BA/BFA in Visual Arts with a Concentration in Animation/Interactive Media. Students wishing to enhance their education may be interested in the BFA in Visual Arts with a Concentration in Cinematic Arts or Intermedia.
VArts offers study abroad opportunities at 2 institutions in Europe including Polytechnic University of Spain in Valencia and the University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
64. Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Established in 1979, Full Sail University offers 44 campus-based and online degree programs. The school sits on 212-acres and it is home to 15,700 students enrolled in more than 44 degree programs in the areas of entertainment, art, and design. In fact, the school has more than 110 studios & production environments including backlots, game film facilities, production studios, dubbing stages, soundstages, art labs, a digital arts center, and more.
Full Sail offers a variety of on-campus and online programs for aspiring animators including a BS in Computer Animation, a BS in Digital Arts & Design, a BS Film, and a BS in Digital Cinematography. The school also offers an MFA Degree in Film Production with a Focus in Story Development & Preproduction, Film Production Techniques & Technology, and Marketing, Pitching, & Distribution.
65. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
Established in 1926, the College of Creative Studies (CCS) was one of the first arts and crafts organizations to offer a formal, four-year program in art. Formerly named “The Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts,” the College for Creative Studies started with just 280 students. Today, the school is home to more than 1,400 students enrolled in more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate programs in design and transportation design.
Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Entertainment Arts with a Concentration in Animation and BFA Degrees in Design and Illustration. The school also offers Minors in Animation & Digital Media, Illustration, Fine Arts, and Visual Culture.
Many College for Creative Studies graduates work at major studios and some of the top companies in the U.S. Just a few include Disney, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and ABC.
66. Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
Webster University offers more than 100 undergraduate programs, dozens of graduate programs, and variety of online programs across 5 schools and colleges including the College of Arts and Sciences, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, the School of Education, and the School of Communications.
The School of Communications is home to the school’s top-rated animation program as well as other programs that may enhance the student’s education and career opportunities. Offerings include BA Degrees in Animation, Art-Studio Art with an Emphasis in Drawing, Audio Production, Film Production, Film Studies, Scriptwriting, Video Production, and Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major.
The school also offers Minors in Animation Production, Interactive Digital Media, Film Studies, Scriptwriting, and Video Production, and Certificates in Animation Production, Digital Media, and Interactive Digital Media. Graduates from WU's School of Communications have worked on all three installments of The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
67. Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey
Founded in 1868, Bloomfield College is an independent, 4-year college that sits on an 11-acre campus just 15 miles from New York City. The school is home to 2,100 students enrolled in 60+ majors/degree programs. Bloomfield College’s Creative Arts & Technology Department houses several popular programs for aspiring animators including a BA in Animation, a BA in Digital Video, and a BA in Interactive Multimedia. A Certificate in Digital Media is also on the menu.
68. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is home of the Simulation, Animation, and Gaming Program (SAG). The program is housed within the College of Technology and offers a BS Degree with a Focus in Animation, Gaming and Simulation. This multidisciplinary degree offers coursework in animation, story development, and camerawork in 3D, rigging, and more. Students may want to enhance their education and career options by taking courses in other areas or even take on an additional degree program or major.
Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, just a few options include a BFA in Art, a BA/BS in Arts and Entertainment Management, a BA/BS in Electronic Media and Film Studies, a BA/BS in Entertainment Design and Technology, and an MFA in Fine Arts.
Established in 1849, Eastern Michigan University is home to around 23,000 students enrolled in more than 200 programs 5 colleges and a graduate school. The school, which sits on an 800+ acre campus, is just 10 miles east of Ann Arbor, 40 miles west of Detroit, and 20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. EMU also has sites in Detroit, Flint, Jackson, Livonia, Traverse City, and more.
69. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Established in 1889, the University of Idaho is considered one of the best public colleges in the U.S. and one of the greenest. The University, which is home to 12,493 students, also knows a bit about entertainment—the school is home to the famous Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and an impressive collection of art, entertainment, and design programs.
Among the school’s 250 degree programs, across 10 colleges and a graduate school, is a comprehensive program for aspiring animators. The BS in Virtual Technology & Design offers study in the areas of 3D modeling, animation, art and design, storytelling, character design, spatial design, four-dimensional design, computer science, world building, and more.
Students wishing to enhance their education and career opportunities may be interested in the BA in Art which offers an Emphasis in Digital Imaging and Interactive Design, the BFA in Studio Art & Design, the BA/BS in Broadcasting & Digital Media. The Broadcasting & Digital Media program covers digital video, as well as film and emerging technologies.
70. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Minneapolis School of Fine Arts (MCAD) opened its doors 1886 to just 28 artists. The school’s campus consisted of a small rented house. Today, MCAD sits on a 10-acre campus, and it is home to around 800 students from 29 states and 12 countries. The campus, which consists of artist studios, gallery spaces, a sculpture garden and more, shares a block with the famed Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers well over a dozen BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and Certificate programs. This includes an impressive collection of programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include BFA Degrees in Animation, Comic Art, Drawing and Painting, Filmmaking, and Illustration. The school also offers an outstanding Master of Fine Arts (MFA) that offers advanced study in the areas of Animation, Illustration, Drawing, Interactive Media, Filmmaking, Comic Arts, and more.