20. Teesside University. Middlesbrough and Darlington, England, United Kingdom.
Let’s look at the facts: their graduates have gone on to work at Pixar, DreamWorks, Framestore, Sega, and Ubisoft on projects like Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, Mass Effect 2, Monsters University, Gravity, Iron Man 3, and the Grand Theft Auto series! 3D World ranked this university as one of the top twenty places in the world to study animation and we here at ACR definitely agree with their judgment! The school offers both undergraduate and postgraduate options for animation and game animation paths to better meet your specific needs.
19. Media Design School. Auckland, New Zealand.
This school claims that it’s “New Zealand’s most-awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications.” With graduates who went on to work on blockbuster hits like The Hobbit, Avatar, King Kong, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy I think they’re qualified to boast a bit! They offer a three year degree in both 3D Animation & VFX and also Game Art & Game Programming. There are a few degree breakdowns you can choose from but their site reveals exactly what each program entails so start clicking and drooling! Their tuition is higher than most schools on this list but from the looks of their curriculum you definitely get what you pay for!
18. Cadritech Computacao Grafica. São Paulo, Brazil.
Founded in 1995, this was the first authorized Autodesk training center in Latin America in 3D computer graphics and animation. To this day they still primarily have courses focused on single piece of software, and have branched out to include training in 3ds Max, Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhino 3D, V-Ray, AutoCAD, Premiere Pro + Encore, After Effects, and more. After completing the 3ds Max or Maya course you can then take their 3D Animation training.
17. Créapole. Paris, France.
It’s located not far from the famous Louvre, and its skilled works aren’t far from museum worthy either. France is filled with animation schools that are extremely old but this one really strives to be as modern and updated as possible. They even have their own 3D printing lab to prove their dedication to following emerging trends in the art industry. Animation students have several programs to choose from and the pricing is pretty reasonable as well!
16. Algonquin College. Ottawa, Canada.
This school offers one main Animation program that runs three years and varies in tuition greatly depending on many options even if you’re a domestic student. Its courses look like they heavily focus on simple drawing and anatomy, which will be a turn off to many who want to dive right into animation, but it’s definitely a saving grace for many students who think they know how to draw but are less advanced than they realize. For a better idea of the high caliber standards of this school’s training, you should watch their 2014 Student Demo Reel!
15. Anomalia. Litomyšl, Czech Republic.
Its courses are taught in the European Training Center and students seriously considering this wonderful school should look into their housing accommodations. Anomalia is currently offering six Summer courses that each span two or six weeks. It has only been open since 2008 and it’s already more famed than most 3D schools on the planet because of its focused high-end approach. Whereas many names on this list are huge universities with lots of students, Anomalia doesn’t want beginners and instead hopes to train already skilled students into influential artists, and because of that their application page is much more demanding than most schools. Good luck!
14. The Animation Workshop. Jutland, Denmark.
Famous animator, Richard Williams, has called this school "one of the most dedicated animation institutions in the world" and our site has even posted some its students’ artwork on our Facebook and Twitter pages in the past! It’s part of the VIA University College, and their entire animation curriculum is available as a PDF download, but don’t overlook their open workshops that they also offer. If those don’t suit your needs then you can look through their other courses.
13. Escola Superior de Cinema. Barcelona, Spain.
The school was founded in 1993 as the School of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia (ESCAC). They offer a Master in Visual Effects (VFX) and while their site might look empty of bragging rights, they’re quite humble. Check out their site's PDF download for that program and you suddenly get a much bigger idea of the power that their program packs. Please note that it even lists RealFlow, which is one of the most advanced fluids special effects software kits in existence, and is responsible for most waves or drops you see in films these days. It’s one of the few programs that can set you apart from everyone else in the industry if you have the valuable experience with it shown in your art portfolio or demo reel.
12. National Film and Television School. Buckinghamshire, England.
Want a quick rundown on character animation? Try this school’s 12 week intense certificate course on Character Animation. Want a deeper understanding of software and techniques? This school also offers masters courses for Digital Effects, Directing Animation, and Games Design Development. The tuition for their MA courses range from £11,300 to £24,000 a year, and their diploma courses are more affordable with a range of £5,000 to £9,000 a year. Certificate courses are much cheaper at £2,850 to £3,600. However, if you are a British citizen then you’ll love this: their school awards £650,000 for student scholarship support to UK students!
11. Sheridan College. Ontario, Canada.
Two years ago this school was ranked as the best in the world, but a lot changes in the animation industry each year and the competition has been fierce. The explosions of advancements in other schools have bumped it down a few notches, but when the dust settled Sheridan was still close to the top. This school offers highly sought after one year programs for Computer Animation and Computer Animation - Digital Character Animation, and a four year Bachelor of Animation. Their site has the full breakdown of course curriculum, credit hours, tuition rates for domestic and international students, admission requirements, and even related programs to help you decide which award winning specialization you desire.