30. RMIT University. Melbourne, Australia.
After merging with other schools from 2009 to 2011, RMIT University became one of the largest hotspots for animation courses in all of Australia. Not only does it offer literally dozens of animation programs for game design and 3D animation, but the school also awards over 2,000 scholarships each year!
29. Playground Squad. Falun, Sweden.
If you live in Europe and want to be an animator in the game industry, this school should be high on your list of considerations. Not only does this school teach more Autodesk software packages than most colleges on this list, but they even had a PS4 exclusively sent to them from Sony for education purposes. Don’t take my word for it though; listen to the praise from one of their previous students . . . who went on to help make a little game called Angry Birds.
28. Seneca College. Toronto, Canada.
Seneca College has four animation programs to choose from: Animation (three years), 3D Animation (eight months), Game Art and Animation (eight months), and Visual Effects for Film and Television. Each of those pages has its portfolio requirements listed, as well as the curriculum course breakdown and tuition fees for domestic and international students. Canada is becoming a hotspot for VFX studios so graduates will have plenty of local job opportunities!
27. Beijing Film Academy. Beijing, China.
We’ve covered this school in the past, and Robin said it best: “The Bejing Film Academy (BFA) has the distinction of being THE largest institution specializing in film studies anywhere in the world … if Asian animation has always tickled your fancy then BFA would be a good choice; but be warned, it has one of the lowest acceptance rates on the continent, choosing just 400-500 students from over 100,000 applicants.”
26. The Universe for Creative Careers | SCAD. Hong Kong, China.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is famous in America for its 3D animation courses, but did you know it’s also a powerhouse in Hong Kong? With degree programs in Animation, Visual Effects, Motion Media Design, and Interactive Design and Game Development, this is the place that every other design school in China envies. While many schools can only promise advanced education, SCAD also has students often winning film festivals and other awards with their graduation projects. Once you’ve graduated you also receive a variety of alumni benefits!
25. Idefagskolen AS. Nøtterøy, Norway.
This school makes it easy for you: choose between 3D Designer and 3D Animator. Its curriculum for both programs can be seen on its site along with additional information on how the two paths vary in software studies. They also showcase art from several graduates that convinces you of the high caliber skills you’ll be able to graduate with. Don’t believe them? Graduates have gone on to work on video games like Age of Conan and Hollywood hits like Troll Hunter, Harry Potter, The Three Musketeers, Total Recall, Gravity, and The Great Gatsby!
24. SAE Institute Australia (SAE Sydney was formerly Qantm College). Including campuses from: SAE Brisbane, SAE Byron Bay, SAE Melbourne, SAE Perth, and SAE Sydney.
The school that started it all! After launching this location in 1976 the SAE chain of colleges spread to 52 other locations across 27 total countries. And you thought the Art Institutes in America were ubiquitous! This school offers accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees for Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile. It was one of the first schools on the planet to offer a degree that was video game related and its animation program continues that cutting edge trend. With online and campus course options, it has 2D, 3D, and VFX programs that range from seven months to upwards of two years.
23. Aula Tematica. Madrid & Valencia, Spain.
The image at the bottom of their site is the group of software their school trains students with, so that’s a pretty good indication of the excellent programs you will be learning in their Video Game Design and Development program. It’s a two year degree that can be paid entirely through Paypal, and they even offer 2,000 Euro scholarships. The best part? After a year of learning the software, much of the second year is spent making an entire video game as your final project!
22. Escape Studios, The Visual Effects Academy. London, United Kingdom.
Escape Studios began in 2002 with the aim of solving the Industry’s lack of “studio-ready” graduating talent. Since then, they’ve graduated over 2000 “escapees” who have worked on hundreds of award winning films and television shows and thousands of award winning commercials, not to mention Oscar winning VFX & BAFTA winning films. It’s an ongoing byproduct of having classes tutored by industry professionals from MPC, The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, Glassworks, and other industry defining studios. The courses that it offers are simply broken down into full-time, part-time, and online, with all of them ranging from one day to forty weeks in length at prices between £25 and £7,500.
21. Odd Digital Entertainment School. Lisboa, Portugal.
There’s nothing odd at all about this school; it takes itself very seriously in the cutting edge animation market. It has one and two year programs for 3D Modeling & Texturing (1,500 hours) for 8,640€, Concept Art (2,600 hours) for 17,280€, and Motion Design (1,500 hours) for 10,800€. Students should be ready to learn ZBrush, Cinema 4D, or After Effects depending on the path they choose.