Nevada is a hop, skip, and a jump from Hollywood, which is one of the reasons literally hundreds of film projects make their way to the desert each year. The close proximity to Hollywood isn’t the only reason filmmakers flock here. The scenery, tax breaks, and the many perks offered by the Nevada Film Office make it easy to create profitable productions in Nevada. This means, artists from animators to costume designers to special effects pros have a chance to work in the industry and earn a good salary.
In addition to the film industry, Nevada animators work in gaming, computer technology, animation, and education. The state’s 21 colleges and more than 600 elementary and secondary schools make it easy to find work as an instructor, whether you’re interested in full-time or part-time work.
Nevada Animation Schools
Nevada is home to an interesting mix of art schools and universities that offer art degrees that can lead to a career in animation. Scroll through the list below to review Nevada’s top schools for animators and other digital artists, and what they have to offer.
Sierra Nevada College - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Arts, New Genres; B. A. Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship, Digital Arts and Management
University of Nevada (Las Vegas) - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Major
University of Nevada (Reno) – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Digital Media Option; M. F. A. Visual Arts with Digital Media Option
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Nevada Animators
Around 240 animators and multi-media artists live in Nevada, up from 160 in 2002. Salaries have increased as well since then. In 2002, animators and multi-media artists averaged $45,010. In 2009, they averaged $59,800. The mean annual wage for animators nationwide was $62,810 per year in 2009. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earned $99,130 per year.