Georgia is home to more than 132 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, and they grant an associate's degree or higher. In addition, these Georgia-based Title IV schools offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. This means they are eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to future students.
Many of these accredited Georgia colleges offer excellent animation programs at an affordable price. Although these schools are affordable, they are still competitive, respected, and high on the list of top schools for animators. Just a few of the state’s most cost efficient schools for animators include Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University.
If you’re ready to shop and compare Georgia animation schools, take a look at the most to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that resident tuition is always lower than non-resident tuition.
Most Expensive Georgia Animation Schools
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $33,795; graduate $34,605 (Atlanta and Savannah campuses and online programs) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $33,795; graduate $34,605 (Atlanta and Savannah campuses and online programs) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Least Expensive Georgia Animation Schools
University of Georgia, Athens – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,590, nonresidents $26,800; graduate residents $8,088, nonresidents $23,388 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $9,002, nonresidents $28,306. Graduate residents $12,344, nonresidents $27,600 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Georgia State University, Atlanta – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,489, nonresidents $21,057; Graduate residents $8,686, nonresidents $29,340 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of West Georgia, Carrollton – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,098, nonresidents $17,994; Graduate residents $3,672, nonresidents $14,220 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,078, nonresidents $14,395; Graduate residents $6,578, nonresidents $23,754 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,078, nonresidents $14,395; Graduate residents $6,636, nonresidents $26,518 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More Georgia Schools with Animation related programs:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- Orlando, Florida (Online Programs Available)
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Georgia Animation Scene
Georgia is one of America’s top five states for film production, with nine productions under its belt in 2014 alone. The state is also number two in the nation for production tax incentives and according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the state is home to more than 30,000 working entertainment professionals.
Films such as Oscar-nominated Selma, The Homesman, Need for Speed, The Blind Side and Fast & the Furious were filmed entirely (or partially) in Georgia, and the state's largest city (Atlanta) is home to a 30-acre studio complex called EUE/Screen Gems. The studio also has locations in New York and North Carolina. The City of Atlanta has also opened its doors to more new production studios than just about any other city in the region. This makes it a great place for animators new to the field to score an internship or entry-level position to gain the valuable experience needed in today’s competitive world of animation.
Georgia is home to around 1,450 salaried multimedia artists and animators, and thousands of self-employed artists. The state's salaried artists average around $55,970 per year and self-employed artists may earn closer to $75,150 per year. Many Georgia-based artists live in larger cities such as artsy Savannah, trendy Atlanta, and up-and-coming Columbus. They work in animation, film and video, game design, advertising and marketing, public relations, technology, education, and more.
Awesome Animation Fact: Computer Science for Fun (CS4FN) says "some frames of a typical Pixar film are so complex it can take up to ninety hours for a single computer to translate all the information held in them to a finished image."