Kansas is home to 67 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) grant an associate's degree or higher, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Fortunately, several Title IV schools in Kansas offer excellent art and design programs—including animation. Continue reading to find out which Kansas schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Kansas Animation Schools
Kansas State University, Manhattan – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,813 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $18,076 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Washburn University, Topeka – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,240 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $14,112 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Emporia State University, Emporia – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,138, nonresidents $18,726 for the 2015-2016 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Winter Park, FL & Online
- Computer Animation - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Game Programs - Bachelor's & Master's - Online & Campus
- Graphic Design & Digital Arts - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Film & Digital Cinematography - Bachelor's & Master's - Online & Campus
- Mobile Development - Bachelor's - Online & Campus
- Simulation & Visualization - Bachelor's - Campus
Kansas Animation Scene
Kansas is home to 16,870 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 130 are salaried animators and multimedia artists earning an average salary of $47,710 per year. Many work at the state’s 40+ animation, visual effects, and production studios, while others work at creative agencies, gaming companies, technology firms and more. Just a few employment options include:
- 360ideas, Wichita
- Associated Integrated Marketing Inc., Wichita
- Baseline Creative, Wichita
- Big Corner Creative, Wichita
- Cinema1 Film & FX, Wichita
- Gizmo Pictures, Topeka
- Howerton + White, Wichita
- Intake Studios, Kansas City, Wichita
- Jajo Agency, Wichita, KS; Ballwin, MO
- On the Z, Inc., Olathe
- Real Media Digital Production, Overland Park
- Squid Ink Creative, Wichita
- Sullivan Higdon & Sink Inc., Wichita
- Trinity Animation, Lee’s Summit
- Wombat Studios, Olathe
Animation and multimedia jobs can be found in many cities throughout the state, but major cities such as Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Olathe, and Topeka may offer the most opportunities. In addition, Kansas is home to more than 65 colleges and universities, and more than 1,400 elementary and secondary schools. The state also has its fair share of art and extension centers that offer animation classes. This means, there are also plenty of opportunities to teach.
Awesome Animation Fact: Having grossed $225 million in worldwide box office sales, Aardman and DreamWorks Studios' Chicken Run (2000) is the highest grossing stop-motion animated film ever.