Forth Worth Art Scene
We’re sure you’ve heard the phrase “Dallas-Fort Worth area,” more than a few times. If so, it’s because Fort Worth is a part of the Dallas metropolitan area. Located just 36 miles from Dallas, Fort Worth contributes quite a bit to the metropolitan area’s art scene, and it seems all too happy to do so.
Like Dallas, Fort Worth has a diverse population and art scene. The industry here is open to artists from all backgrounds. You can find everything from paintings and sculptures to animated art at the city’s galleries, art museums, and schools. You’ll also find a number of art festivals, large and small. The largest and longest running art festival is held annually in Downtown Fort Worth. The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival takes place in April, it lasts four days, and it’s free.
Besides art festivals and a diverse population of artists, Fort Worth is home to a number of art museums. Artists and others have access to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum, Kimball Art Museum, and Sid Richardson Museum.
The Fort Worth art scene is so unique and accommodating that aspiring artists, including animators, can earn a good living, especially with talent and the right education. Fortunately, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to several colleges that offer quality animation programs.
Dallas-Fort Worth Animation Schools and Programs
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to several colleges that offer animation programs or courses. They are
- Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
- Richland College, Dallas
- University of Texas at Dallas
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas
- Art Institute of Texas, Dallas
Texas Christian University offers animation courses, while Richland College offers an associate degree in art and animation. The University of Texas at Dallas offers a bachelor's degree in arts & technology with a focus in animation and Southern Methodist University offers animation courses through the Guildhall program. SMU also offers a master of interactive game technology degree, which requires a number of basic and advanced animation courses. The Art Institute of Texas offers a bachelor's degree in media arts & animation.
Many animation programs are also offered online, so if you don’t want to commute, you can earn your degree from home. Before you choose an online school, check to make sure it’s accredited by a recognized agency. Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for an official list of agencies.
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Dallas-Fort Worth Animation Employers
Fort Worth animators typically commute to the Dallas area to work at animation studios, ad agencies, and computer systems and design firms. There are more than 2,600 computer systems and design firms in the state of Texas and many are located in Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
Animators living in Fort Worth may find work at a number of Dallas-Fort Worth area studios such as:
- Green Grass Studios
- DNA Productions
- Radium/Reel FX
- Reel FX Studios
- Liquid Logixx
- Studio CGI (Dallas, NY, LA, DC, Miami)
Most of the metropolitan areas advertising agencies are located in Dallas as well. Just a few are:
- Ad Cetera, Inc.
- Black Lab Creative
- TagTeam Creative (Dallas, Seattle)
Animation Careers at a Glance
The animation industry has enjoyed such rapid growth that it now holds the number one spot as the fastest growing career in the art world. Between now and 2018, job growth will average 14 percent. Salary growth for animators is promising as well. Animators in the state of Texas overall enjoyed salary growth between 2006 and 2009. In 2006, the average salary was $49,080. In 2009, it was $55,400.
In 2006, animators living in the Dallas-Forth Worth-Arlington metropolitan area averaged $53,120. In 2009, they averaged $63,320. Figures are not available for Fort Worth alone, but based on overall salary growth for animators in the state of Texas and growth in the Dallas-Forth Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, it’s safe to assume that Fort Worth animators earn more today than they did in 2006.
For more information about the animation industry in the U.S., visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.