Montana is home 23 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) they must sign a participation agreement with the Department. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Many Montana Title IV schools offer top-tier art and design programs. This includes animation. One of the best options is the Montana State University system, which has several campuses across the state.
Continue reading to find out which Montana schools offer programs for aspiring animators and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive Montana Animation Schools
Montana State University, Bozeman – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,800, nonresidents $21,390 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Montana State University, Billings – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,808, nonresidents $17,843 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Montana State University (Northern), Havre – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,817 for lower division students (12 credit hours per semester), $5,715 for upper division students (12 credit hours per semester); nonresidents $16,656 for lower division students (12 credit hours per semester), $17,554 for upper division students (12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Montana Animation Scene
Montana is home to an active film office that has attracted major productions such as Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, Nebraska, Call of the Wild 3D, Narnia, The Patriot, Under Siege, Forrest Gump, What Dreams May Come, and Runaway Train. The offices’ excellent reputation and incentives for filmmakers attract production studios of all kinds—including animation studios. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics has not reported employment information for Montana multimedia artists and animators, the state’s active film scene and population of 6,200 salaried artists, designers, and related workers, is a good indication that the state is home to dozens of animators.
Many of the state’s artists and designers work at production studios, creative agencies, graphic design firms, game companies, and more. Just a few employment options include:
- Camera Shy Studios, Billings
- Classic Ink, Bozeman
- G & G Advertising, Billings
- Gibson Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations, Billings
- Grand Visions Gaming, Billings
- Kinetic Marketing & Creative, Billings
- Lamar Advertising, Billings
- Massive Studios, Bozeman
- MercuryCSC, Bozeman
- Montana Grafix, Chinook
- Mountain Star Video Productions, Helena
- Moving Pictures Productions, Helena
- Pimlico Studios, Missoula
- Six Pony Hitch, Missoula
- Team Kaizen Game Studio, Great Falls
- The Montana Film Office, Helena
- The Wendt Agency, Great Falls
- Wheelie Creative Design, Whitefish
- Zee Creative, Billings
While Montana-based animators may find employment in a number of cities throughout the state, many artists and designers live and work in major cities such as Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte-Silver Bow, and Helena.
Awesome Animation Fact: In 1940, MGM produced the animated production Puss Gets the Boot. Not only was this the first Tom and Jerry cartoon, it was the first co-production by two of the most famous animators/producers/directors in the world—William “Bill” Hanna and Joseph “Joe” Barbera.