In addition to employment opportunities, Kentucky has an interesting mix schools that offer training programs for aspiring animators. Students can choose from a variety of technical institutes, traditional colleges, and design schools that offer everything from digital media to studio art degrees.
Kentucky Animation Schools
Kentucky’s universities and technical schools can be found from beautiful Bowling Green to laid-back Louisville. Visual arts, graphic design, and digital art are just a few options for aspiring animators. Scroll through the list below to review Kentucky’s best schools for art and animation and what they have to offer.
Western Kentucky University – Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Studies with Concentration in Graphic Design, B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
University of Kentucky - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art Studio with Concentration in Digital Media, M. F. A. Studio with New Media Major Area
Sullivan College of Technology and Design – Degrees Offered: A. A. S., B. A. Computer Graphic Design
University of Louisville - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Communication Art and Design; M. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Media
Murray State University – Degrees Offered: B. A./B. S. Studio Art, B. F. A. Studio Art with Emphasis in Graphic Design
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Kentucky Animators
Kentucky is home to somewhere between 60 and 80 animators and multi-media artists, give or take a few. While the state has lost roughly 100 salaried animators since 2002, many others are self-employed or work as independent contractors. They work at production studios, ad agencies, web design firms, and more. In addition to a growing population of independent animators and other artists, salaries are on the rise.
In 2002, Kentucky’s salaried animators earned an average of $43,180 per year. Today, they earn an average of $52,370-$55,970 per year. Nationwide, the mean annual wage for animators is $62,810 per year. The lowest paid animators earn $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earn $99,130 per year. These figures were current as of May 2009-2010.