50. SAE Institute Athens. Athens, Greece.
This school offers an immense amount of educational material packed into its 18 month 3D & Interactive Animation degree program. Courses include the normal fundamental classes that would you expect, such as drawing, anatomy, modeling, animating, environments, video editing, lighting, storyboarding, and compositing, but it also includes courses you don’t always see in 3D animation curriculum lists, such as audio editing, acting for animators, narratives in character development, character clay modeling, stop-motion animation, scripting, and an entire class based on using green screens. SAE Athens provides a computer workstation for each student in the classroom and the demand for classes apparently outweighs the number of seats each semester, so be warned that enrollment is limited and you might be put on a waiting list! If you’re stuck on a waiting list though, it also has a Game Production and Digital Film Making program for you to consider.
49. School Georges Méliès. Château Georges Méliès, France.
This school was previously named “EESA - Ecole Europenne Superieur d'Animation” (European Graduate School of Animation) before it changed its name to honor a famous filmmaker in 2010. Not too odd. But did you know it also runs an annual contest to decide which 25 students get to take its prestigious course? Pretty odd. Better yet: the school was founded in a French castle! Whoa! Very odd, but awesome! You can read through its 3D animation course and tuition details but please note that in 2014 and 2015 it plans on phasing in additional courses!
48. SAE Institute Zürich. Zürich, Switzerland.
This college is comparable to the SAE Vienna campus in Austria in courses, but looks like it has animation programs that are more advanced. For those wanting to specialize in film and 3D visual effects, it offers the Digital Film and Animation Degree Program. Not only does it have a 3D Production program that’s strictly focused on 3D modeling and animation, but it also has a Game Art & 3D Animation Degree Program.
47. SAE Institute Jakarta. Jakarta, Indonesia.
This SAE Institute was opened in 2011 and it shows; the building is very spacious and nice looking and offers two great Interactive Animation programs. The Diploma of Screen Animation is a two year program that’s taught in both Indonesian and English and covers 2D and 3D topics and software. The BA/BSc Honors in Interactive Animation is a one year program that gives students better understandings of the 3D software packages, but be warned: it’s only taught in English currently.
46. Royal College of Art. London, United Kingdom.
Are you a bit of an odd art student? Do you want to pursue offbeat, experimental, or unique styles of animation? Then this might be your school. Its curriculum allows students to explore the creative hybrids of animations, documentaries, fiction, and interactive art. Their facilities offer high definition shooting studios for stop-frame and green screen projects, as well as sound recording and mixing studios. You should read more about the animation program to see if it fits your tastes.
45. Image Campus. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Do you want a degree in 3D animation for film VFX or video game design? This is your dream school in Argentina, and rivals the best animation schools across the entire globe. Their game curriculum uses several of today’s cutting edge software packages and even includes courses on Unity 3D to prepare students for the quickly evolving game industry. One of their former students, Paul Toscano, went on to become the Animation Technical Director at Ubisoft, one of the largest video game studios on the planet, and he worked on the bestselling Assassin Creed game series.
44. Noroff Instituttet. Kristiansand, Norway.
The Noroff Institute boasts some pretty impressive graduate projects. It looks like the teaching staff is small, but the extra attention to helping students is noticed by the quality of the student art. They offer a three degree for both Bachelor of Interactive Media - Animation and Bachelor of Interactive Media – Games. Have an interest in other 3D areas? They offer plenty of other 3D degree specialties! What’s even better is that it offers online degrees and has already seen over 3,500 students obtain their diplomas online!
43. Limkokwing University. Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Limkokwing – sometimes referred to as LUCT – has a long list of degree programs to choose from and you can filter through all of the majors in its courses page. Two in particular that are noteworthy are Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Games Art Development and the Diploma in Games Art. These specific programs will let students dive deep into 3D graphics, pixel art, and every form of texturing, rigging, lighting, and animating in between!
42. TRUEMAX Academy School of CGI & Animation. Copenhagen, Denmark.
This school has on-site and online courses that range from one hour, one weekend, four weeks, ten weeks, and fourteen weeks. For more information on these courses above what they list on their site, they also have a PDF download brochure for additional details. Like most schools on this list, their facilities have fully equipped computer labs with Internet, whiteboards, and projectors in every classroom, with some rooms also hosting drawing tables.
41. Academy of Interactive Entertainment. Australia campus locations in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Aspiring animators should look through AIE’s programs for Game Art & Animation, 3D Animation & VFX for Film, and Game Design & Production. This is a school that has clearly kept up with a constantly evolving 3D entertainment sector and tackles the industry from all angles. If you live too far away from one of its locations it has an entire page dedicated to helping international students finding financial and accommodation solutions, and even has numerous online courses available! Don’t have the money or time to commit to a degree right now? Check out their two and three day workshops! As if all of this wasn’t already enough, what really sets them apart from most schools is their jaw-dropping incubator program that helps propel students into their career field right after graduation.