Colorado is home 86 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school (1) has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) has been in business for at least two years, (3) has signed a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant’s an associate's degree or higher, and (5) offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Many Colorado Title IV’s offer top-tier art and design programs, and most are considered affordable. Just a few options include The Digital Animation Center at the University of Colorado - Denver and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD). Continue reading to find out which Colorado schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Colorado Animation Schools
Rocky Mountain College of Design (RMCAD), Denver – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $14,256 (based on 12 credit hours per semester, $594 per credit hour); Graduate $115,282 (based on 9 credit hours per semester, $849 per credit hour) for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,460 (12 credits per semester), nonresidents $17,492 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Colorado, Denver – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,008, nonresidents $21,624 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,070, nonresidents $18,888 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- San Francisco & Online
- Denver, CO
Colorado Animation Scene
Colorado is home to 410 Multimedia Artists and Animators averaging $63,440 per year. They work in the television and film industry, advertising, game design, and more. Aspiring animators in The Centennial State may find employment at a variety of creative agencies, studios, and design companies such as:
- Anark Corporation, Boulder
- ARG Cartoon Animation Studio, Colorado Springs
- Atomicboy Software, Denver
- DreamQuest Games, Boulder
- FiveFifty, Denver
- Karsh Hagan, Denver
- Ping! Studios, Lakewood
- Pixel Kitchen, Boulder
- SPILLT, Denver
- Victors & Spoils, Boulder
Although opportunities for animators can be found throughout the state, Colorado's largest cities may offer a greater number of employment options. Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, and Lakewood are Colorado’s top five largest cities. Boulder is worth exploring as well.
Awesome Animation Fact: Did you know that Tin Toy (1988) was the first 3D animated short to win an Oscar? The Pixar film was also the first to use a realistic human form. -Arena Animation, Malleswaram, Bangalore