How tough is it to get in? Do most students graduate on time? How many students are there per class? These are just a few of the questions college ranking agencies ask when assessing which schools belong on the “best of” list and which ones don’t. Other factors agencies may consider include financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, and student selectivity. Some facts and figures may have more influence than others, which helps assign a final score to each school, and where they will land on the list. For example, an animation program with small class sizes may have more influence than one with larger classes, or a 50 percent on-time graduation rate will have less influence than a 75 percent on-time graduation rate.
Because the country has seen an increase in the overall population if animators, many schools have either created animation programs or revamped existing ones. This has been the case in Indiana where, although the population of animators hasn’t increased, salaries are on the rise. In addition, just across the bridge in Chicago, the animation production scene is heating up—again. This has given the Indiana film office (FILM Indiana) the opportunity to catch the overflow.
Indiana is home to 105+ accredited colleges and universities. Many now offer programs for animators and other digital artists. They can be found in major cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne or in small towns such as Kokomo or West Lafayette.
Browse through our list below to review some of the best animation school programs in Indiana and what they have to offer.
Best Animation School Programs - Major Indiana Cities
Indiana University Bloomington - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. F. A. Graphic Design, Digital Art; B. S. Informatics; M F. A. Digital Art, Graphic Design
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Communication and Design with Concentration in Computer Art/Design or Graphic Design
University of Saint Francis - Degrees Offered: B. A. Communication Arts and Graphic Design, Computer Art; M. A. Studio Art with Computer Arts Major Area
Indiana University Northwest - University's online programs.
Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. S. Computer-Based Graphic Arts; B. S. Informatics
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) – Degrees Offered: B. F. A Visual Communication; B. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Informatics, Media Arts and Science; M. F. A. Visual Communication Design; M. S. Media Arts and Science
University of Indianapolis - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Communication Design/Graphic Design
Ball State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Electronic Art or Visual Communication; M. A. Visual Arts Studio; M. F. A. Visual Arts with Emphasis in Animation
Best Animation School Programs - Other Indiana Cities and Towns
Indiana University Kokomo - Degrees Offered: B. A. and B. S. in New Media Communication with Concentration in Graphic Design, Digital Development, Video Game Design, Web Design and Generalist (Individual Concentration). B. S. Informatics
Indiana University Southeast - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design; B. S. Informatics, Computer Graphics Technology
University of Notre Dame - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Graphic Design; M. F. A. Graphic Design
St. Mary of the Woods
Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods-College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design
Indiana State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, 2D Arts (Computer Art); B. F. A. Fine Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design, Computer Art; B. A. and B. S. Communication with Concentration in Electronic Media; M. A. Art (Studio) with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Fine Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Purdue University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Communications Design, B. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science with Computer Graphics and Visualization Track; M. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science
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