Kansas is home to Dodge City—the windiest city in the U.S., and it is the birthplace of Almon Stowger—the inventor of the dial phone. Kansas certainly has a lot to brag about when it comes to famous natives, inventions, and unique weather, but believe it or not, the Sunflower State has also played an active role in the film industry. Famous films such as the original In Cold Blood (1967), Dances with Wolves (1990), Truman (1995) and Missing Pieces (coming 2012) were filmed here and the Film Commission of Greater Kansas plans to reel in more Hollywood productions in the coming years.
Thanks to the efforts of the Kansas Film Office and the number of productions filmed here each year, animators interested in working in the film industry or advertising and promotions will have a number of job opportunities. To date, the state if home to around 45 animation, visual effects, and production studios. In addition, Kansas is home to dozens of technology firms that regularly recruit animators with a computer science background.
In addition to a variety of employment opportunities, aspiring animators will find a number of Kansas colleges that offer training programs ranging from digital art to graphic design. These majors can help prepare students to work in a variety of industries from film production to web design.
Kansas Animation Schools
Kansas colleges and art schools can be found from in cities from Emporia to Topeka. Scroll through the list below to review Kansas’s best schools for art and animation and what they have to offer.
Emporia State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design
Kansas State University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Arts, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Graphic Design
Washburn University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art, Studio Emphasis
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Kansas Animators
The state of Kansas is home to around 160 salaried animators and multi-media artists. Many more are self-employed. They work in film production, advertising, technology, education, gaming, and even mobile communications. Salaries for Kansas animators and multi-media artists vary based on factors such as industry, location, and experience. As of 2009, Kansas animators earned $34,170-$41,190 per year. Nationwide, the mean annual wage for animators was $62,810 per year as of May 2009. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earned $99,130 per year.