With an eight percent increase in overall employment for the 2016-2026 decade, and average salaries already around an impressive $70,500 annually, things are looking pretty promising for today’s animation and multimedia graduates. If you would like to become a member of this lucky group, it’s time to enroll in an animation program. Fortunately, new animation programs seem to be sprouting up every day and many existing programs have expanded to include unique concentrations that can help you land a job in advertising and publishing, game design, law or medicine, education, and more.
So far this year, we’ve had the pleasure of bringing more than a dozen new animation programs to our readers. For July, we have a few more that we would like to add to the list.
We are pleased to announce that Tulane University, Northern State University, and the Centre for Arts and Technology have launched animation and other related programs, and all are accepting applications right now. Read on.
Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana
The School for Professional Advancement (SoPA) at Tulane University has announced the launch of a new Digital Design program that will prepare graduates for an exciting career in game art and animation, interactive design, and graphic design. According to a recent Tulane University news report, Program Director Amanda Garcia “developed the curriculum after conducting extensive research on the workforce within the state and Greater New Orleans.”
According to Garcia, during the next five years in Louisiana, opportunities in animation and virtual reality will grow by 11.8 percent, interactive design positions will grow by 23.02 percent, and graphic design jobs will grow by 9.43 percent. “Reflecting these anticipated areas of job growth, the program offers three tracks of in-depth coursework and three degree options”—a BA, a post-baccalaureate certificate, and a digital design minor.
Garcia collaborated with local video game development studio inXile Entertainment to build the game art and animation track. Sample animation courses for the program include Digital Anatomy for Game Art & Animation, Animation Studio 3 - Advanced Animation & Intro Motion Capture, 3D Virtual Sculpting, Animation Studio – Rigging & Weighting, and Digital Imaging.
According to Garcia, the goal was to create a “realistic program that would make it possible to find internships and jobs locally.” Another benefit of the program is it incorporates service-learning projects into all 3,000- and 4,000-level classes.
“Service learning will teach students how to survive after graduation,” said Garcia. “We’ll be partnering with local nonprofits and providing students with real-world clients. These experiences will give our students a competitive edge when applying for jobs upon graduation.”
Already underway for the summer, the new program also offers a bootcamp series, featuring workshops covering Adobe Photoshop, website building, and creating a professional social media presence.
Visit the SoPA website to learn more.
Tulane University began as a medical college in 1834. Today the school is considered one of the top research universities in the country. The school serves more than 13,500 students enrolled in more than 70 majors in five different schools, including Science and Engineering, Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts and Public Health.
Tulane University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and it is one of just 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of top-ranked research institutions.
Northern State University – Aberdeen, South Dakota
Northern State University (NSU) has announced plans to convert its existing specialization in graphic design within its art major to a stand-alone major leading to a BFA in Digital Media.
The new degree will prepare students for careers in 2D animation, video production and editing, illustration, graphic design, web design and programming, commercial photography, and product/packaging.
Founded in 1901, Northern State University serves 3,600 students from 42 states and 42 foreign countries. The school, which offers 59 Majors, 46 Minors and six pre-professional programs, nationally accredited academic programs in Art, Business, Music and Teacher education. NSU is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) – Kelowna, BC Canada
The Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) has announced the launch of a partnership with British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). The new partnership will allow CAT graduates to continue their education at BCIT in pursuit of a degree that can lead to advancement in the field, the launch of a new company or studio, and more.
According to a recent CAT press release, “CAT Students graduating from one of a selected list of eligible programs within the last five years will be able to earn a BCIT Business Management Advanced Diploma and a Bachelor of Business Administration – areas that will further enhance CAT's creative education offerings.” Eligible CAT Programs include 2D Animation & Digital Art, Animation for Game, Film & Visual Effects, Visual Effects for Film & Animation, Graphic Design & Web Development, and Network Security Specialist.
“CAT Programs offer focused students industry targeted training for careers in the digital arts industries and now students can choose to build upon this foundation by completing the CAT-BCIT pathway programs,” says the school. The partnership “will provide diverse educational pathway options to graduates from Centre for Arts and Technology and will create more well-rounded and skilled students.”
Visit the Centre for Arts and Technology for additional details.
The Centre for Arts and Technology serves a diverse student body across two campuses in Kelowna and Surrey BC. The school offers dozens of programs ranging from 2D Animation & Digital Art to Visual Effects for Film and Animation to Studio Production and Web Development. CAT holds the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which means the institution meets or exceeds quality assurance standards set by the province of B.C. The school also holds the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) designation.