With a population of less than 650,000, the state of Vermont is larger than just one other state (Wyoming), and D.C. Although small, Vermont is home to more accredited colleges than larger states such as Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Rhode Island. The state also has an active art and culture scene and is home to a number of notable art museums such as Shelburne Museum, Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (showcases regional artists), and Middlebury College Museum of Art.
Vermont has many unique cities and towns, with a growing “working artist” community of more than 5,000 and counting. While members Vermont’s artist community can be found just about anywhere in the state, some of the largest populations settle in Burlington (the states largest city), South Burlington, Rutland, and Montpelier. These cities are also home to many of the state’s most popular schools for artists—including animators. Just a few include Bennington State College, Champlain College, The Center for Cartoon Studies, and Lyndon State College.
Vermont Animation Schools
Colleges across the U.S. earn and lose accreditation each year. Just over a year ago, Vermont was home to around 25 accredited colleges and universities. According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Vermont is now home to 24 accredited colleges and universities. This figure does not include community colleges. Of the 24 colleges and universities here, around half offer art and design programs. Several standouts offer animation programs. Scroll through the list below to review Vermont’s best options for aspiring animator’s and what they have to offer.
Champlain College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Creative Media with Specialization in Game Media, Interaction Design, B. F. A. Graphic Design and Digital Media, B. S. Game Art and Animation, Game Design; M. F. A. Emergent Media
Northern Vermont University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation/Illustration, Design
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Vermont Animators
According to most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 27,2012), Vermont is home to 5,280 salaried artists, up from 4,240 in 2002. The state’s salaried artists average $41,040 annually, up from $36,320 in 2002. The mean annual wage for animators nationwide was $62,810 in 2009 and $63,440 in 2010. As of March 27, 2012, the average salary was $68,060. The lowest paid animators average $34,800 and the highest paid animators average $109,370.