Animation skills are a precious commodity in fields from advertising and feature filmmaking to law and medicine. These are some of the most profitable industries in the U.S., so the demand for top-tier talent is at an all-time high. Fortunately, the population of animators is growing fast, but not fast enough to keep up with the demand! In 2006, the country was home to 23,790 salaried animators. Today, the nation is home to nearly 30,000. The nation’s schools have answered the demand by offering more programs for undergraduates, graduates, and those in need of continuing education.
Animation programs are more common at traditional schools than ever before and just about every art and design school now offers (more) programs for digital artists, animators, game designers, and graphic designers. While some of the best animation programs can be found at schools in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, and Chicago, other smaller states, such as Mississippi, have their fair share as well.
Mississippi is home to around 40 accredited colleges and universities. Many of these schools offer programs for aspiring animators. Based on a variety of factors such as student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, number of program offerings, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates, schools such as Belhaven University in Jackson and the University of Mississippi made the “best” list. Browse through our list below to review some of the best animation school programs in Mississippi and what they have to offer.
Best Animation School Programs - Major Mississippi Cities
Mississippi is home to a number of colleges that offer degrees that lead to a career in animation in a number of industries. Scroll through the list below to review Mississippi’s best options for aspiring animators and other artists, and what they have to offer.
University of Southern Mississippi - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Jackson State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Belhaven University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design with Emphasis in Digital and Print Media or Web and Interactive Media
Best Animation School Programs – Other Mississippi Cities and Towns
Delta State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Concentration
Mississippi College - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. S. Graphic Design
Mississippi University for Women – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Emphasis in Graphic Design
Mississippi Valley State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Communications
Mississippi State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Graphic Design
The University of Mississippi - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
More Programs to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning