Maryland is home to 62 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an 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. Title IV schools are eligible federal financial aid programs which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Future students in the State of Maryland have a variety of Title IV schools to choose from ranging from traditional colleges and universities to technical schools and art and design colleges. Many of these schools offer programs for aspiring animators. Just a few of the Maryland’s most popular schools for animators include University of Maryland, Salisbury University, and Bowie State University.
Continue reading to find out which Maryland schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate and Graduate $42,280 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Goucher College, Baltimore – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $41,400; Graduate $14,850 (MA, MFA Digital Arts, $825 per credit hour, 9 hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Maryland Animation Schools
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,876, nonresidents $23,790; Graduate residents $12,816, nonresidents $19,710 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Towson University, Towson - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,590, nonresidents $20,268; Graduate residents $8,568, nonresidents $15,588 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Salisbury University, Salisbury - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,712, nonresidents $15,058 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Bowie State University, Bowie - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,969 (12 credit hours), nonresidents $15,545 (12 credit hours) for Spring 2015.
Morgan State University, Baltimore – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,960; nonresidents $14,444 for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Maryland Animation Scene
Maryland is home to 31,340 individuals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment Sports, and Media occupations. Of this group, 450 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $65,790 per year. They work in the television, film, and video industry, advertising, game design, mobile communications, and more. Just a few employment options for aspiring animators in Maryland include:
- 38 Studios, Baltimore
- ADG Creative, Columbia
- Arbitron, Columbia
- Bethesda Softworks, Rockville
- Bully Entertainment, Towson
- Chaos Group, Baltimore
- Firaxis Games, Glencoe
- In Focus Studios, Annapolis
- Kolrom Multimedia, Pikesville
- L-3 Communications, Aberdeen
- LMD, Laurel
- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda
- Marstudio, Rockville
- Maryland Technology Corporation (TEDCO), Columbia
- MOSAIC Technologies Group, Fulton
- Oceaneering, Hanover
- PCM Animation Studios, Silver Spring
- Pixeldust Studios, Bethesda
- TB&C, Inc., Baltimore
- Weitzman Agency, Annapolis
- ZeniMax Media, Rockville
While many of the state’s animators and multimedia artists work in Maryland’s largest city—Baltimore, opportunities can be found in several other cities across the state. Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, and Waldorf are worth exploring.
Awesome Animation Fact: According to Arena Animation Malleswaram, in 1900 British filmmaker James Stuart Blackton made the silent film—The Enchanted Drawing. The smile and frown of his drawn characters was achieved by the replacement technique used by Maries Georges Jean Méliès in his live action films. It is not considered animation, but a prototype of animation, as it is not continuous frame by frame filming. However, it was the first stepping stone for SFX.