Colorado Springs Art Scene
According to Money Magazine, Frommer’s and MSN.RealEstate, Colorado Springs is one of the best places to live and work in the U.S. The quality of life, climate, and the arts and culture scene can’t be beat, so Colorado Springs always makes the top ten list.
The city is home to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which features Museum Galleries, SaGāJi Theatre, Amuzé at the FAC & Deco Lounge, and Bemis School of Art. Although it’s a great place to explore, there’s more to the scene than the Fine Arts Center. Take a stroll through the downtown area and you will find theaters, arenas, and art galleries that showcase all kinds of art from traditional to digital to experimental.
Opportunities to work at museums, galleries, and other venues that are a part of the Colorado Springs art scene are endless. To compete for these opportunities, you will need talent, experience, and training. Fortunately, Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas are home to several schools that offer art and design training programs.
Colorado Springs Animation Schools and Programs
Video game design is big in the state of Colorado. The state is home to a whopping 1,400 gaming professionals and dozens of training programs. In Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) offers a certificate in video/animation and an Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia Graphic Design. The video/animation program prepares students for an entry-level position or admission to a four-year animation program. The Multimedia Graphic Design degree offers animation and design courses. This degree can help you obtain a position in advertising animation, web design or other related field.
Pueblo Community College has several programs for aspiring animators. They are:
- Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media
- Digital Media Certificate in Animation
- Visual Communication Certificate in Digital Multimedia
The Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media program offers video editing, animation, and game design options. The digital media certificate program features animation courses from basic to advanced, as well as illustration, web editing, and game design. The visual communications certificate program offers several concentrations including graphic design, 3-D rendering & illustration, and digital multimedia.
Other nearby colleges that offer animation programs include The Digital Animation Center at the University of Colorado, Denver and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD), Denver (69 miles).
More Animation related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Colorado Springs Animation Employers
Aspiring film or gaming animators may find employment in Colorado Springs or in nearby Lone Tree (54 miles), Denver, or Lakewood (74 miles). Potential employers include:
- ARG Cartoon Animation Studio, Colorado Springs
- Neuron Entertainment, Colorado Springs
- Masque Publishing, Lone Tree
- Bloom Animation, Denver
- Big Toe Productions, Denver
- Sony Online Entertainment, Denver
- Atomicboy Software, Denver
- Ping! Studios, Lakewood
Colorado Springs animators also work in education and computer technology. The state is home to dozens of computer technology firms, 83 colleges and universities and more than 1,800 elementary and secondary institutions. Many are located in principle cities such as Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder.
Animation Careers at a Glance
As of May 2011, the Bureau of labor Statistics had not released employment or salary figures for Colorado Springs animators and multimedia artists. Across the nation, job growth in this field is expected to average 14 percent between now and 2018, making animation the fastest growing industry in the art world.
For more information about the animation industry in the U.S., visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.