The state of New Hampshire has four nicknames: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, and Switzerland of America. New Hampshire earned these nicknames based on its elaborate quarries and granite formations, the rivers of New England that originate in the New Hampshire mountains, the white mountain range, and for the beautiful mountain scenery. This is only one reason film productions of all kinds come here to shoot. The New Hampshire Film & Television office also attracts productions by offering incentives and resources for filmmakers. The active film industry here creates jobs of all kinds for artists of all kinds, including jobs for film animators.
In addition to opportunities in the film industry, New Hampshire animators may find work in advertising, graphic design, web design, technology, and education. The state is home to more than 400 technology firms, dozens of colleges and universities, and hundreds of multi-media and advertising firms.
New Hampshire Animation Schools
New Hampshire is home to more than 5,000 artists and many of them trained at one of the state’s traditional, technical, art and design or community colleges. Scroll through the list below to review New Hampshire’s best options for aspiring animators and other digital artists, and what they have to offer.
New England College- Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic and Communication Design
Keene State College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
New Hampshire Institute of Art – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. with Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration
Southern New Hampshire University - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. S. Business Studies/Game Design and Development, Graphic Design and Media Arts, Computer Information Technology/Game Design and Development
Rivier College- Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Media
Colby-Sawyer College - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design
Plymouth State University – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Option
Franklin Pierce University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Communications
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for New Hampshire Animators
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has not reported employment figures for animators and multi-media artists since 2004. At the time, there were 60 animators and multi-media artists living in the state. This is a slight decrease from 70 in 2002. It is important to keep in mind that many animators are self-employed and the Bureau does not include employment (or salary) figures for this large community of artists. In addition, average salaries overall vary greatly by industry, location, type of company, experience & education, and many other factors.
In 2002, salaried animators and multi-media artists averaged $41,000. In 2004, they averaged $41,910. By 2009, salaries increased to an average of $46,060. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released figures for 2010. Salaries for New Hampshire animators jumped to an average of $61,760 per year. The mean annual wage for animators and multi-media artists nationwide was $62,810 in 2009. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earned $99,130 per year.