Kentucky is home to 76 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools are eligible for Federal Financial Aid Programs, which makes them more accessible to students that may need help meeting tuition costs. To become a Title IV school, the institution must have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, be in business for at least two years, sign a participation agreement with the Department, grant an associate's degree or higher, and offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length.
A number of Title IV schools in the State of Kentucky offer excellent animation programs, and many are considered affordable. Just a few of the state’s most affordable schools for animators include Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, and University of Louisville. Take a look at our list of most expensive to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Kentucky Animation Schools
University of Kentucky, Lexington – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents lower division $10,780, upper division $11,092, nonresidents lower division $24,104, upper division $24,432; Graduate residents $11,652, nonresidents $26,154 for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of Louisville, Louisville – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,236, nonresidents $24,124; Graduate residents $11,326, nonresidents $25,368 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,084, nonresidents $20,016 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
Murray State University, Murray – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,392 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $20,112 (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 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
Kentucky Animation Scene
Kentucky is home to 15,490 salaried professionals in the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media industries. Of this group, around 120 are multimedia artists and animators. The number of multimedia artists and animators in the state has doubled since 2013, when Kentucky was home to just 60 salaried animators. Salaries have increased as well. In 2013, the average salary for multimedia artists and animators was $51,260 per year. Today, the average salary is $56,340.
The state is also home to possibly hundreds of independent multimedia artists and animators. Whether salaried or freelance, these artists work at local production studios, creative agencies, gaming companies, graphic and web design firms, television production studios, and secondary and post-secondary academic institutions. Some may work in the tech sector or even in criminal justice.
The state is home to more than 200 technology companies, dozens of forensics labs and legal firms, and hundreds of creative agencies, production studios, graphics companies, and more. Just a few employment options for Kentucky-based animators include:
- Barking Fish Lounge, Covington
- Current360, Louisville
- DBS Interactive, Louisville
- Grace Animation Studio, Danville
- Group CJ, Lexington
- Oculus Studios, Lexington
- Power Creative, Jeffersontown
- Quantum Communications, Louisville
- The PPS Group, Covington
Interested in teaching? Students begin learning (formally) about technology, graphics, animation and more as early as elementary school. Fortunately, Kentucky is home to more than 1,500 elementary and secondary schools as well as dozens of art schools and art centers. In addition, the state (as mentioned) is home to 76 Title IV schools and dozens of community colleges, career colleges, and technical schools.
While opportunities for aspiring animators can be found across the state, many of the best opportunities can be found in major cities. Kentucky’s five largest cities are Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Covington.
Awesome Animation Fact: According to IMDb, if you look closely at the white racing car in the Pixar animated feature Cars (2006), it includes the number 84 and the Apple logo. 1984 was the year Apple released the Macintosh, the computer that revolutionized Apple as a company. Pixar was previously owned by Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple.