Arizona is home to 84 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Because they have met five requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education, these schools are eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. In order to qualify a school must (1) grant an associate's degree or higher, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department.
A number or Arizona Title IVs offer programs for aspiring animators. While some are more expensive than others, because they have Title IV status, a variety of financial aid programs are available to students that may need help meeting tuition costs. If you’re ready so shop and compare Arizona animation schools, take a look at the most expensive to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Arizona Animation Schools
Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $34,416 for the 2013-2014 school year; Graduate $21,000 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $23,150;
Online Undergraduate $16,200; Graduate $16,500 for the 2014 academic year.
Least Expensive Arizona Animation Schools
The University of Arizona, Tucson Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,000, nonresidents $29,500;
Graduate residents $11,800, nonresidents $28,800 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More Arizona Schools with Animation related programs:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Arizona Animation Scene
Did you know that the Grand Canyon State is one of America’s most attractive settings for major feature films? Scenes from Star Wars Episodes IV and VI, Natural Born Killers, Psycho, Little Miss Sunshine, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Forrest Gump, Into the Wild, and The Savages were filmed in Arizona. Film Offices in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and many others welcome live-action films and other types of productions. This includes animated productions.
Thanks to a growing number animated productions making their way to the state, excellent animation education and training programs, and groups such as the Tucson Animation Screening Society (TASS) which promotes Japanese animation (anime), Arizona just might be a great place for aspiring animators. So far, the state is home to 300 salaried animators and multimedia artists averaging $54,180 per year. Just six years ago, the state was home to 190 salaried animators averaging $52,200 per year.
In addition to the motion picture and video industries, Arizona-based animators and multimedia artists work in:
- Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
- Computer Systems Design and Related Services
- Other Information Services
- Software Publishers
The state is home to hundreds of software publishers, creative agencies, studios, and more, so employment opportunities should be easy to come by. Just a few options include:
- Abbott Media Productions, Tucson
- Allison+Partners, Phoenix
- Arizona Virtual Studios, Phoenix
- Avenue 25, Phoenix
- Bliss Marketing Multimedia, Phoenix
- Cordillera Communications, Tucson
- diMo Digital Motion, Carefree
- Effusion Creative Solutions, Chandler
- Honeywell, Tempe
- J. Walter Thompson, Scottsdale
- McMurry/TMG, Phoenix
- Nextiva, Scottsdale
- Pearson Digital Learning, Chandler
- Riester, Phoenix
- The Lavidge Co., Phoenix
- Zion & Zion, Tempe
While it is possible to find employment in many cities across the state, most opportunities for aspiring animators can be found in major cities such as Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Tempe.
Awesome Animation Fact: Each Pixar film takes around four years to make—a painstaking and difficult process. Still, Pixar has made an impressive 15 animated films, according to the studios website.