9191. Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont
Founded in 1911, Lyndon State College is a college of around 1,519 students from 21 states and 10 countries. The campus sits on 211 acres and it offers 23 undergraduate programs. Although small, the school has a hearty Visual Arts Department that offers 6 degree programs and 3 minors for aspiring artists.

The Department offers a BFA in Animation/Illustration, a BA in Cinema/Video production, and an AS in Visual Arts. The school also offers a distinctive Master of Arts in Liberal Studies that allows students to combine three or more subjects such as Animation, Film, and Visual Narrative or Storytelling, Media, and Culture. Minor offerings include Cinema Production and Visual Arts. Other programs that may be interesting to students wishing to enhance their education and career opportunities include the AS or BA in Graphic Design/Visual Communications.

Graduates of Lyndon State College, Visual Arts Department have been wildly successful at finding employment in their field shortly after graduating. In the school’s survey of 2012 graduates, 95% reported being employed in their field.

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92. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana
Southeastern Louisiana University began as Hammond Junior College in 1925. The College opened with a faculty of just 3 women, 2 men, and 40 students and offered basic undergraduate work in arts and sciences which led to a Certificate. Today, Southeastern Louisiana University sits on a 365-acre campus and it houses 13,814 undergraduate students and 1,205 graduate students from across the U.S. and 42 nations. The school consists of 5 academic colleges and 18 departments offering 65 degree programs, 6 online programs (4 lead to a Certificate) and 260+ distance education courses.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences houses the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Program. The BA Program offers Concentrations in Digital Art – Animation, Film, and Digital Design and Studio Art – Drawing and Drawing & Painting. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts has an Art + Design Program that offers a BA in Art with Concentrations in New Media & Animation and Drawing. Minors in Graphic Design or Visual Arts are also on the menu.

93. The Art Institute of Portland, Portland, Oregon
The Art Institute of Portland dates back to 1963. It is home to hundreds of students enrolled in Design, Fashion, Culinary, and Media Arts Programs. The school’s Media Art Programs include a BFA in Media Arts & Animation, a BFA in Digital Film & Video, and a BFA in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics.

Besides several top art and design colleges (the Art Institute of Portland and Pacific Northwest College of Art are just a few), Portland is home to a number of start-ups and small animation studios such as Deep Sky Studios, LAIKA, ADI and Happy Trails Animation. The City is also home to the Oregon Film Department, the Northwest Animation Festival, the Portland Art Museum, beautiful scenery, and a very large population of artists. The City is also just a few hours from Tacoma and Seattle, Washington and IFC's hit show "Portlandia" is filmed on location in here.

94. College of Art and Design at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Lesley University was established in 1909 as the Lesley School. Located just a few miles from Boston, the school began as a place to educate and train aspiring kindergarten teachers, operating out of the home if Edith Lesley Wolfard. Today the school consists of 3 campuses across 18 acres and it is home to nearly 8,000 students enrolled in more than 150 programs throughout 6 schools and centers.

The College of Art and Design at Lesley University is home to the school’s top-rated animation programs. Offerings include a BFA in Animation and Motion Media, a BFA in Illustration, and a BFA in Digital Filmmaking. Other offerings include an Animation Minor, Animation Advanced Professional Certificate Program, Illustration Minor, and Illustration Advanced Professional Certificate Program.

In addition, Lesley University offers an MFA in Visual Arts (Low Residency) and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a Self-Designed Major that leads to a BA or a BS.

95. Chapman University, Orange, California
Chapman University was founded in 1861 as Hesperian College by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This private university was originally located in Woodland, California. In 1934, the school became Chapman College and moved to Orange, California. Today, the school is still located in Orange, but is now Chapman University—home to 7,570 students from 49 states and 60 countries.

Listed in Princeton Reviews “378 Best Colleges” Guide, Chapman University consists of 8 colleges and schools offering dozens of programs in everything from business to film to performing arts. Popular options for aspiring animators include the BFA in Digital Arts and the BFA in Film Production. Common options for artists wishing to enhance their education and employment opportunities include the BFA in Art, Art Studio, or Graphic Design.

Because Chapman is located around 30 short miles from Los Angeles, animation students have easy access to an unlimited number of internship opportunities at top studios in Hollywood, Burbank, and more.

96.  The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Online), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has an outstanding online division. This means, students that are interested in earning just about any AI Pittsburgh degree (on their own schedule) have a wide variety of options to choose from. Offerings include a BS in Media Arts & Animation, a Certificate in 2D Animation, a Certificate in 3D Animation, a Digital Design Diploma, and a Character Animation for Games Certificate.

In addition to access to most on-campus programs, AI Online students have access to the 177,000 square feet “The Art Institute of Pittsburgh” building which includes state-of-the-art production studios, bustling classroom spaces and laboratories, an exhibition gallery, student lounges, a supply story & deli, restaurants, and more.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has a history that dates back to 1921. Back then, the school trained commercial artists for entry into the booming advertising industry. The school still trains hundreds of advertising students each year, but it has expanded its offerings to include numerous areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and even Culinary Arts.

In addition to the online programs mentioned earlier, the Media Arts Department offers a number of on-campus programs for aspiring animators. They include a BS in Media Arts & Animation, an AS/BS in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, and a BS in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics. The Institute also offers Certificates in 2D Animation, 3D Animation, and 3D Modeling for Games.

97. Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio
Shawnee State University (SSU) was established in 1986. The school, which sits on a 62-acre campus along the Ohio River in historic Portsmouth is home to 4,400 students enrolled in 80 bachelor’s and associate degree programs and 2 graduate programs. While SSU is young compared to other schools in Ohio, its graduates already have an impressive success rate in the area of employment. Eighty-three percent of SSU graduates find employment in a related field within 6 months of graduating.

The Shawnee State University, Department of Fine, Digital, and Performing Art is home to several top-rated programs for aspiring animators. They include a BFA in Visualist Design and Interactive Media with an Animation Track, Interactive Media Track, and Design Track. The Department also offers a BFA in Drawing which includes a number of Illustration and Advanced Drawing courses.

In addition to the programs mentioned above, animators can expect to find state-of-the-art studios at SSU and a variety of supplemental courses in the areas of Digital Video, Directing, and more. 

98. The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Established in 1971, the Art Institute of Philadelphia is located in Downtown Philadelphia and it has an impressive student population of 2,820 artists from across the U.S. and 27 countries. The school is made up of four academic facilities that feature state-of-the-art computer labs, post production facilities, video studios and edit suites, photographic imaging facilities, a large library, and kitchen facilities. The school also offers “The Design Groups,” which gives students an opportunity to work on projects for outside clients, under the supervision of AI Philadelphia faculty.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia offers several competitive programs for aspiring animators and students wishing to enhance their education and career options. Offerings include a BS Media Arts & Animation, a BS Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, a BS Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, and an AS in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production.

Because the Art Institute of Philadelphia is conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia—in the heart of the business and financial district, students have easy access to Philadelphia Soundstages—a production space that hosted a number of NBC productions, and a Hollywood film starring Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper. The space also offers networking opportunities for artists of all kinds.

99. Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland
Established in 1865, Bowie State University (BSU) is Maryland’s oldest Historically Black College, and one of the top 10 oldest in the U.S. The school, which sits on a scenic 300-acre suburban campus, is located just under 20 miles from Washington DC, and less than 30 miles from Baltimore.  It is home to 5,400 students from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, enrolled in 23 undergraduate majors and 35 master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs across 4 colleges and 18 departments.

The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Fine and Performing Arts is home to “an all-Steinway Fine and Performing Arts Center equipped with the latest technologies for digital media arts and music production.” The Department also houses the school’s exceptional Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) program. The VCDMA (BS) Program offers 5 Concentrations. Three of these programs are top choices for aspiring animators or animators wishing to enhance their education and career opportunities. 

They include Animation & Motion Graphics, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, and Digital Media Arts. The Program also offers a Minor in VCDMA-Animation & Motion Graphics, VCDMA-Digital Media Arts, VCDMA-Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, and VCDMA-Visual Culture & Museum Studies. Graduates of Bowie State University’s VCDMA Programs work in design and animation studios, advertising agencies, film production studios, and video game companies in the Baltimore/Washington Metro Area and at companies across the U.S.

100. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, Colorado
Founded in 1963, RMCAD is a private, for-profit college of around 619 students. The school sits on a beautiful 23-acre National Historic District campus, which consists of 17 buildings including 4 galleries, a number of advanced production studio spaces, and TECHBAR—a full-service technical support center open to students of all levels and concentrations.

RMCAD (pronounced “Rem-cad”) is home to several online and on-campus degree programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Animation (on-campus), a BFA in 3D Animation (online), and a BFA in Illustration (on-campus and online). Students may also be interested in the Certificate in 3D Animation-Pre Production (online), the Certificate in 3D Animation-Character Animation (online) or the BFA in Fine Arts.  

Online and on-campus programs offer the same coursework and level of intensity, and all students have access to all RMCAD studios, TECHBAR, libraries, networking opportunities, internships, and more.

 

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