Denver Art Scene
The Denver art scene has come a long way since the 1960s. Described as a “cultural wasteland” back then, the city is now home to dozens of beautiful art galleries, the well-known Denver Art Museum, and the $15.5 million Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver). Small venues have also made their mark here. The Laboratory of Art and Ideas in Belmar is a venue for contemporary art installations, and the Kirkland Museum features 20th-century furniture and design by artists such as Alvar Aalto, Paul Evans, and Ponti.
Digital art and game art have also developed over the years in the state of Colorado. In fact, digital art and game art have grown so rapidly that the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media has dedicated an entire department to digital media. Not only this, but there are more than 1,400 video game artists and developers living in the state, making it one of the largest populations of game artists in the nation.
Artists of all kinds study and work in Denver. They also study and work in Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Fort Collins. If you choose to study in Denver, you’re in luck. The largest city on the state is home to several colleges that offer quality animation programs.
Denver Animation Schools and Programs
There are 83 colleges and universities in Colorado. Some offer NASAD accredited art and design programs. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is the largest accrediting agency for art and design programs, but other agencies are acceptable as well. Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for an official list of agencies.
Just a few Denver schools that offer animation programs are The Digital Animation Center at the University of Colorado and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD). The Digital animation Center at The University of Colorado offers a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in 3D Graphics and Animation. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Art in Animation and a BFA in game art.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Denver Animation Employers
Denver digital artists and animators work for advertising agencies, production studios, and film studios. Always check with the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media website for job listings, the names of studios that have just opened in the area, and any productions that may be coming to town. You can also try the following employers:
- Bloom Animation
- Big Toe Productions
- Sony Online Entertainment
- Atomicboy Software
- Ping! Studios, Lakewood (8 miles from Denver)
- Masque Publishing, Lone Tree (21 miles)
Animation Careers at a Glance
Job growth in animation is impressive. At an average of 14 percent between now and 2018, animation is now the fastest growing career field in the art world. The average salary for Denver animators has decreased slightly, but they still earn more than the national average for all occupations, which is $40,711.61. In 2006, Denver animators earned an average of $55,510. In 2009, they averaged $54,920.
For more information about the animation industry in the U.S., visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.