What does it take to become a “best” animation school? Is it cost? Location? Job placement services? Well, it really depends on the ranking agency. Many reputable college ranking agencies use a select group of factors to determine which programs deserve to be on the “best” list. These factors typically relate to the number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity. A school with a very selective admissions process will likely rank higher than a school with a relaxed admissions process, or a school with large classes will likely rank lower than a school with small class sizes.
In the state of Georgia, the animation programs come in all shapes and sizes and while most are offered at great schools, not all can make the “best” list. There are now more than 130 accredited colleges and universities in the state of Georgia and because the animation industry continues to grow, many of these schools offer animation programs. They can be found in major cities such as Atlanta and Savannah, but aspiring animators shouldn’t discount smaller cities such as Carrollton and Kennesaw.
Just a few of Georgia’s best animation school programs include Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the University of Georgia in Athens.
Take a look at our list below to review some of the best animation school programs in Georgia and what they have to offer.
Best Animation School Programs - Major Georgia Cities
University of Georgia - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Art X: Expanded Forms, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Dramatic Media Production; Interdisciplinary Certificate in New Media
Georgia Institute of Technology – Degrees Offered: B. S. Computational Media; combined B. S. and M. S. program offering a B. S. in Computational Media and M. S. in Digital Media in five years of study
Georgia State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. in Animation (B. F. A. only), Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Media Design (B. F. A. only) and Interactive Design and Game Development; M. A. and M. F. A. in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustration Design (M. A. only), Motion Media Design and Interactive Design and Game Development. Traditional and online degree programs are available in most areas of study.
Best Animation School Programs - Other Georgia Cities and Towns
University of West Georgia - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Kennesaw State University – B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Graphic Communication
Georgia Southern University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
More Programs to Consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- Orlando, Florida (Online Programs Available)
- Clemson, South Carolina
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning