Minnesota is home to 113 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an institution must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) be in business for at least two years, (3) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school has obtained Title IV status, it becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Many Title IV schools in Minnesota offer excellent art and design programs—this includes animation. Many of these schools are considered affordable. Just a few include St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University, and the University of Minnesota.
Continue reading to find out which schools offer top-tier animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Minnesota Animation Schools
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Minneapolis - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate and Graduate $34,876 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Minnesota Animation Schools
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), Minneapolis - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $12,060, nonresidents $19,310; Graduate residents $15,15,458, nonresidents $23,680 for the 2014-2015 school year.
University of Minnesota, Duluth - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,720, nonresidents $15,385; Graduate residents $15,458, nonresidents $23,680 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $6,974; Graduate $6,860 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Minnesota State University, Moorhead - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident $6,898, nonresidents $13,796; Graduate resident $347-$435 per credit hour depending on the program; nonresidents $694-$860 per credit hour depending on the program for the 2014-2015 school year.
Minnesota State University, Mankato - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,667, nonresidents $14,146; Graduate $6,587 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,266 (12 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $11,380 (12 credit hours per semester); Graduate residents $6,391 (9 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $9,954 (9 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
Minnesota Animation Scene
Minnesota is home to 36,430 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 400 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $60,720 per year. They work in a variety of industries from television, film and game design to mobile communications and advertising. Just a few employment options include:
- 3D Creative Factory, Minneapolis
- Activision Blizzard, Eden Prairie
- Adtech Communications Group, Eden Prairie
- Gasket Studios, Minneapolis
- MAKE Design Studio, Minneapolis
- Martin Williams Advertising, Minneapolis
- Oops Animation, Minneapolis
- ProMedia Productions, Minneapolis
- REDStar Advertising, Willmar
- Swim Creative, Duluth
- The Media Loft, Minneapolis
While employment opportunities can be found throughout the State of Minnesota, larges cities typically offer a greater number of options. The state’s largest cities are Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Bloomington, and Duluth.
Awesome Animation Fact: At a cost of $1.4 million, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) took three years, 750 artists and almost two million individual paintings to create. The film went on to receive a special Academy Award (one full-size Oscar accompanied by seven “dwarf” Oscars), and its original worldwide gross totaled $8.5 million – which would have been hundreds of millions of dollars today. It was the highest-grossing movie of all time until it was later surpassed by Gone with the Wind. –Disney Parks