60. Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Vancouver, Canada.
This school has a few different paths to pursue in its Animation Major program. The most relevant are its courses for Animation and Computer Graphics. Instead of a set schedule of classes that you need to take each year it provides a large pool of courses for you to choose a few from and customize your learning experience to your career needs. For an example of this you should look on its site for the 2013 example PDF download page.
59. Ontario College of Art and Design. Toronto, Canada.
Known by its students and faculty as “OCAD University” this school is a little weird compared to the rest on this list. Do you want to learn 3D modeling and 3D animating but DON’T want to break into the film or game industry or any prevailing entertainment industry? Do you dislike how 3D art is used more as a technical solution tool than as an actual artistic tool for expression? If you enjoy edgy or abstract art and want to learn 3D art to explore those and other forms of public artistic expression, then this school seems like the right shade of quirky for you. You can still use its classes to pursue more traditional 3D industries, but expect some of your classmates to be pursuing very unique paths of art!
58. LaSalle College International Vancouver. Vancouver, Canada.
A lot of schools on this list break their programs down into very specialized and focused trainings, which is usually a good thing. But what if you want to learn a wide range of 2D and 3D animation software and techniques? If that describes you then LaSalle’s 2D/3D Animation program might be ideal for you! Be warned that it’s still oriented with game design in mind so if you’re just looking for skills in animation it might not be what you’re looking for. For more details you should look through its one page PDF download brochure.
57. The Digital Film School. India.
2D animators, please step aside. This school is not for you, and it’s not even for many 3D animators, either. This school is all about the VFX industry, and if you want to be involved from the 3D side of the film industry’s special effects, then you want to consider this school. Classes take place in a 30,000 square foot post-production facility and offer students as close to a real world experience as you can find in a VFX college. Courses range from three to nine months.
56. Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. London, United Kingdom.
The main three year full-time courses to consider are Animation BA (Hons) and Motion Graphics BA (Hons), and these cost £8,750 per year for domestic students or £10,500 per year for international students. However, they also offer one and two year programs in MA Moving Image, MA Visual Effects, MA Games Design, and MA Animation Futures. Be warned though: that last degree does involve some programming classes! All of those MA classes are about £8,500 for domestic students and international fees vary greatly.
55. LISAA L'Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués. Campus locations: Paris, Rennes, Nantes, and Strasbourg, France. Also New Delhi, India.
The “Higher Institute of Applied Arts (LISAA)” began in Paris in 1986 and has managed to not only stay afloat in one of the most competitive animation school centers of the world, but it even thrived and expanded to new locations in France and even one in India to meet growing demands of the booming VFX industry in India. They offer courses for artists pursuing 2D animation, 3D animation, and elements of video game design.
54. University of West England. Bristol, United Kingdom.
While the school has been open since 1970, it gained its university status in 1992. Its lengthy years are matched by its large attendance sizes: it has over 25,000 students and more than 3,000 teachers on staff! For its BA(Hons) animation program you can either attend full-time for three years or part-time for six years, and the tuitions vary depending on which path you prefer. Courses span both 2D and 3D animation topics, though its focus is heavier on storytelling and narratives than most animation schools.
53. SAE Institute Milano. Milano, Italy.
SAE Milano (Mailand) offers a 3D Certificate program that students can decide to complete in one year working full-time (four lessons a week during the day) or over two years (two lessons each week during the evening). Courses covered will include advanced Maya modeling, digital sculpting with Mudbox, Maya meshes, rigging and animating rigs in Maya, deformers, theories of linear and non-linear animation for the character creations, rendering, and compositing. The course then ends with a final animation project completed by a team of students! Oh, did I mention your tuition gets you a free Macbook Pro 13’ laptop from the school? Awesome!
52. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Dundee, Scotland.
As part of the University of Dundee, this well-known art school in the United Kingdom offers a three year “BDes (Hons) Animation” degree that embraces both 2D and 3D animation. Students have access to their Autodesk 3D Maya labs, an animation studio, rostrum camera, and even a green screen visual effects studio! Whereas many colleges on this list focus heavily on 3D arts, this school doesn’t look like it skimps on meeting the needs of its 2D animation students!
51. University of Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Options! Lots of options! This school offers a wide range of animation degree options to meet your exact demands. The MA Animation degree delves into 2D and 3D animation full-time for one year or part-time for two years. Want to pry deeper into 3D animation? Then you should consider their BA (Hons) 3D Digital Animation and Modeling three year program. Don’t want to stray into the film industry? The BA (Hons) 3D Games Art & Design is a three year program for those who want to dive into the game industry’s animations. Want to stick to 2D animations? No problem; they also offer a three year BA (Hons) 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media!