70. Australian National University. Canberra, Australia.
ANU offers six different programs for aspiring animation students to choose from. Five are graduate degrees and range from half a year to two years in length, whereas their Bachelor of Visual Arts is an undergraduate degree that’s three years full-time for $25,984 for international students. Before making up your mind be sure to also browse their grants page for possible financial opportunities.
69. Raffles College of Design and Commerce. North Sydney, Australia.
The Raffles Digital Media education program spans Animation, Games Design, Multimedia Design, and New Media and Digital Film. Each of those degree paths are six semesters over three years full-time, but the first thing you should know is that all bachelor degrees offered by Raffles College of Design and Commerce include a compulsory internship component which connects our programs to the industry. Fantastic!
68. Digital Hollywood University. Tokyo, Japan.
Digital Hollywood University (DHU) is a four year university where students can study in the areas of anime, game, computer graphics, film, Web design, and graphic design. You can get more information on the undergraduate programs here, and read through some of the listed course work here. As for information on entrance exams, scholarships, tuition, and international student programs, you can find all of those details on their admissions page.
67. SAE Institute Dubai. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Similar campuses in the Middle East: SAE Qatar, SAE Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and SAE Amman in Jordan.
For those seeking semi-animation related off-shoot degrees, SAE Dubai offers specialties in film and motion graphics/compositing, but its video game degree is strictly programming oriented, which is actually a nice bonus. That’s because they completely stripped the 3D animation from the game degree to let students decide which side of the game industry they choose to dive into. Those who pick the game degree can use it to get other programming related jobs, whereas the animators can more easily seek a career in any 3D animation industry and not be limited to game related software and abilities. Another perk is that – being in the affluent area of Dubai – the campus looks pretty darn new and impressive. However, please note that the animation program is an Honors setup, and that some students who apply will be rejected after consideration.
66. Universidad Veritas. San José, Costa Rica.
Since its name equates to the “university of truth”, what’s the truth behind its Digital Animation degree? The best way to show the truth is by showing off its graduates’ art galleries to prove its great value. Its curriculum has all the drawing and design classes that are needed to improve artists, and eleven semesters take students through nine main animation class gauntlets. This small country’s small school packs quite the big punch!
65. SAE Institute Berlin. Other campuses in Germany: SAE Berlin, SAE Bochum, SAE Cologne (SAE Köln), SAE Frankfurt, SAE Hamburg, SAE Leipzig, SAE Munich, (SAE München), and SAE Stuttgart.
While Germany’s SAE Institutes offer robust programs for Digital Film & VFX and Game Art & 3D Animation, they do not at this time offer programs for 2D animation or non-gaming related 3D animation. The game program would still teach students many of the key software packages needed for any form of 3D animation, but would also involve a lot of classes not desired for strictly 3D animators in the growing animated film industry. As for the VFX degree, it would help, but would focus more on scenery and special effects than actual character animation.
64. Swinburne University of Technology. Hawthorn, Australia.
Swinburne has a full-time three year degree for both Bachelor of Film and Television (Animation) as well as Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design). They also have a one year full-time Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games program that can be taken after completing the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games program. Potential students should read more information about their tuition fees.
63. SAE Institute Chennai. Other campuses in India: SAE Bangalore, and SAE Mumbai.
Residents of India looking to break into the animation industry will be glad to know their country offers three different SAE Institute campuses. All three of the SAE India campuses offer a 12 month Animation & VFX degree. Boasting more of a VFX focus than some of its SAE locations elsewhere in Asia, these campuses open students up to a wider array of career options after graduation. You can view enrollment dates and prices here and here.
62. SAE Institute Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
This SAE branch opened its doors in 1991 and has grown its animation program considerably well in the past few decades. Want to learn 3D animation to specialize in VFX in movies? No problem; its Digital Film Making course has what you need. Just want to dive right into the 3D animation and learn as much as possible in 24 weeks and then start looking for jobs? Their 3D Animation short course is perfect for that. Do you instead want to get involved with the game industry through animation or other artistic skills? This school specializes in that category and has lengthy and challenging options for you in its Interactive Animation programs. Not enough? Then check out the SAE Rotterdam school that’s not too far away!
61. La Poudrière. Valence, France.
This premiere graduate school is for artists who already know the basics and aspire to learn the most advanced 2D animation techniques in the industry. With a focus in animation film directing, it tasks students to work with teams on larger projects. The training is a two year full-time degree. The minimum age requirement is 22 years but the annual tuition is only €1,000!