As of March 27, 2012, the state of Texas was home to 106,350 salaried artists. Nearly 1,800 are listed as animators & multimedia artists. They average $57,160 per year, which is higher than the national average salary for all careers, and higher than salaries for animators in at least 20 other states. The highest paid animators in the U.S. average $109,370 and the lowest paid animators average $34,800. In 2002, the average salary was $50,860.
Thanks to a high demand for talented animators and overall growth in the industry, many traditional colleges and most art and design schools offer programs for aspiring animators. While some of the best animation school programs can be found in art and culture centers such as New York and Los Angeles, the state of Texas definitely has a collection to be proud of.
Texas is home to 252 colleges and universities, and many of these schools offer art and design programs. Several are among the best based on factors such as the number and variety of program offerings, student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates. The schools on the list below scored high in all areas. Continue reading to find out which schools are the “best” schools for aspiring animators and what they have to offer.
Best Animation School Programs Texas
University of Texas at Dallas - Degrees Offered: B. A. Arts and Technology with Animation, Computer Game Development, Design or Design and Digital Arts Track; Emerging Media and Communication; M. A., M. F. A. Arts and Technology with Animation, Computer Game Development, Design or Design and Digital Arts Track, M. A. Emerging Media and Communication; Ph.D. Arts and Technology with Animation, Computer Game Development, Design or Design and Digital Arts Track.
Sam Houston State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Specialization in Advertising and Graphic Design or Computer Animation
Best Animation School Programs Texas – Other Options
If you’re interested in taking classes or earning a certificate or 2-year degree in animation, Texas is home to several community colleges that offer some of the best certificate and Associate programs. Just a few of the best include Houston Community College (certificate in multimedia/video & animation), Collin College, McKinney (certificate and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in animation), and Richland College, Dallas, which offers a certificate and an Associate degree in animation.
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