40. School of Decorating Arts. Paris, France.
Or as it’s known locally “École Nationale Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs” – or just “ENSAD” – this school began way back in 1927 and played a part in the Art Deco movement in the 1920s. The curriculum is traditionally a five year program that starts with one or two years of foundation art courses before moving onto specialized focuses training. The Cinema Animation program covers not only the technical side of drawing and animating techniques but also covers directing, playwriting, storytelling, video games, corporate development, and culminates in a final animation project. You can view some of the previous graduates’ work here.
39. The One Academy. Bandar Sunway and Penang Island, Malaysia.
As its homepage reflects, its graduates have gone on to successful careers spread across North America, Europe, Australia, and all over Southeast Asia. Its three year Diploma in Digital Animation covers a vast variety of 2D and 3D animation techniques and software, but be warned that the Bandar Sunway campus has more labs for its students than the Penang Island campus.
38. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Utrecht, Netherlands.
HKU offers a Bachelor of Art and Technology (BAT) that’s great for aspiring video game artists, a Bachelor of Design (BDes) that’s great for those wanting to enter the 2D or 3D animation industry, and MA Creative Design for Digital Cultures that’s great for everything in between either end of the animation spectrum.
37. SAE Institute London. Other campuses in United Kingdom: SAE Liverpool, SAE Oxford, and SAE Glasgow in Scotland.
Students in the United Kingdom have lots of great college options for animation oriented degrees! London, Liverpool, Oxford, and even Glasgow in Scotland all have (nearly) identical programs for various animation focused programs. VFX students should consider the full-time two year BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Making program, and those who enroll will receive a high-end laptop that’s covered by their tuition! The full-time two year BA/BSc (Hons) Interactive Animation program is the route you will want to go if you just want to focus on 3D animation, and yes, the free laptop deal is also extended to students in this tuition path as well!
36. Tokyo Animation College. Tokyo, Japan.
Animation is obviously very important in Japan due to the large anime industry in its country. Those wishing to break into that competitive industry have several options at this college. The Anime Production Course is a three year program whereas the Animator Course is only two years. For more specialized courses, it also offers two and three year Comic courses. Be sure to check out the lengthy page of where graduates went on to work at in the industry; some even went on to work at the famous Studio Ghibli! Looking for something similar but a little different? You can also try the Tokyo Design Academy!
35. Toonz Academy. Kerala, India.
Toonz Academy has set the bar high with its graduates’ success rate. A stunning 98% of alumni have found industry placement in studios such as DQ Entertainment, Technicolour, DreamWorks, Prana, Xentrix, Rhythm and Hues, Sky works, and dozens of other dominant studios that I don’t have space to list. Even better, after graduating from their one year Advanced Certificate Programme in Animation Film Making you receive a three month paid internship at the Toonz Animation Studio!
34. Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics. Various locations in India.
Also known by the “MAAC” nickname, this school prepares students for careers in 3D animation, VFX, gaming, Web design, and multimedia. The VFX industry has been booming in India for years now, and these schools have popped up all over the country to meet the growing demand for degrees oriented in 3D arts. Its listed software is synced with modern times without listing old or dying programs, so students can be sure they’ll be getting the best cutting edge education they can find. It has dozens of career paths to choose from so make sure you read through them all before you make your final decision.
33. Billy Blue College of Design. Australia campus locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane.
This school has quite the story behind it: an infamous magazine named Billy Blue Magazine spawned an entire design agency called Billy Blue Creative, and in 1987 it decided to then also open a tiny design school. As the school took off it ditched the other focuses and has grown rapidly over the past few decades to offer some of Australia’s most competitive Bachelor degrees for film and game artists.
32. The Art Institute of Vancouver. Vancouver, Canada.
One of the largest art school chains in the United States is also thriving in Canada. This school has programs for Digital Film, Special Effects, Animation, and Game Design and Programming. Before checking out each of their listed curriculum pages, make sure you look through the graduate’s gallery of art. Then you should browse through their Financial Aid Guide and listed scholarships. Especially their new $15,000 AI Scholarship!
31. The Animation School. Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa.
Previously known as “Universal Computer Arts Academy”, this school was launched in South Africa in 2000 and offers a three year full-time diploma. South Africa might not be the hotspot of the animation industry but don’t tell its graduates that: previous grads have gone on to win an Emmy in 2007 and two recent groups of graduates won the Gold World Medal and Bronze World Medal at the New York Festival 2013 for their short films, Drawn and Endless! Check out the extensive awards page on their site!