New Hampshire is home to 29 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school has been in business for at least two years, it has signed a participation agreement with the Department, it grants an associate's degree or higher, it offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, and it has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. By meeting these five requirements, the school qualifies for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
New Hampshire’s Title IV schools offer a variety of degree programs in all areas from art to science. While New Hampshire’s Title IV schools offer access to a range of financial aid programs, many are considered affordable. Just a few of the state’s most affordable schools are Plymouth State University and Keene State College. Both schools offer programs for aspiring animators.
Continue reading to find out which New Hampshire schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive New Hampshire Animation Schools
Colby-Sawyer College, New London - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate - The 2015-2016 comprehensive fee for a resident student is $51,610. The 2015-2016 tuition is $38,610.
New England College, Henniker - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $33,966 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Franklin Pierce University, Rindge – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $30,870 for the 2015-0216 school year.
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $29,274 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Rivier University, Nashua - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $28,300 (12 or more credits per semester/$14,150 per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $22,500 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive New Hampshire Animation Schools
Keene State College, Keene - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,410, nonresidents $18,880 for the 20115-2016 school year.
Plymouth State University, Plymouth - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,410, nonresidents $18,320 for the 2014-2015 school year.
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New Hampshire Animation Scene
New Hampshire is home to 7,410 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Of this group, 50 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $62,750 per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation are the film and video industries, followed by computer systems design and related services, software publishers, advertising and public relations, and other information services. Many animators and multimedia artists work independently (Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers), which is second on the list of industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation.
New Hampshire-based advertising and film and video animators may find job opportunities at studios and agencies such as:
- 36Creative, Windham
- Burke Advertising, Bedford
- Calypso Communications, Portsmouth
- CatchFire Creative, Portsmouth
- Clearcut FX, Wolfeboro
- Eisenberg, Vital & Ryze Advertising (EVR), Manchester
- Hatchling Studios, Portsmouth
- The Troupe, Windham
- Tracey Communications, Manchester
- VFX Direct, Rollinsford
Animators with a computer science background may find work at one of the state’s 400+ computer technology firms, and animators interested in teaching can try one of the states 25+ Title IV Schools or any number of independent colleges, online schools, or community colleges. Many of the state’s 490+ elementary and secondary schools have art and design departments, which means plenty of opportunities to teach animation to budding artists.
Although opportunities for aspiring animators can be found across the state, certain cities such as Manchester, Portsmouth, and Windham may have a bit more to offer.
Awesome Animation Fact: According to Computer Science for Fun (CS4FN), some frames of a typical Pixar film are so complex, it can take up to ninety hours for a single computer to translate all the information held in them to a finished image.