What makes an animation school program “the best” may vary from student to student. Some students may place the cost of tuition high on the list of what matters most, while others may think convenience makes all the difference. While these factors absolutely do matter when assessing what’s best based on individual needs, most college ranking groups consider an entirely different set of factors when determining which schools deserve a place on the “best of” list. Common factors include program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment.
Some factors may carry a significant amount of weight, while others’ value may be lower on the list of importance. For example, graduation and retention rates may carry more clout than peer assessment. In some circles, student selectivity is a sure sign of a competitive program. Most ranking agencies assign a score for each factor. The scores are then calculated to arrive at a final overall score.
There are now more than 80 accredited colleges and universities in the state of Washington. Although Washington has fewer colleges than the national average of 90, several offer some of the nations best animation programs. Not surprisingly, one of the best is located in the state’s largest and most progressive city—Seattle. Take a look at the list below to see which Washington animation school programs made the cut.
Best Animation School Programs Washington State
DigiPen Institute of Technology – Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Digital Art; B.A. Game Design; B.S. Game Design; B.S. Real-Time Interactive Simulation; B.S. Computer Engineering; M.S. Computer Science
Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) - Degrees Offered: B.S. Digital Entertainment and Virtual Worlds (BSDEV); Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media Specializing in 3D Animation and Visual FX; Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development Specializing in Art; Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development Specializing in Software Development
Best Animation School Programs Washington State – Other Options
Art Institute of Seattle - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Media Arts & Animation; B.F.A. Game Art & Design; B.F.A. Graphic Design; B.S. Web Design & Interactive Media; B.F.A. Digital Filmmaking & Video Production; A.A.A. Graphic Design; A.A.A. Video Production; A.A.A. Web Design & Interactive Media; Diploma Web Design & Interactive Communications; Diploma Digital Design
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