The U.S. is home to nearly 1.8 million professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. Nearly 200,000 of these professionals live in New York. The population of artists in New York is so large, is only second to California’s population of 290,160. Artists are attracted to New York for obvious reasons. The state offers unlimited opportunities to make it big in everything from fine art, film and video to gaming, technology and advertising.
The state is home to major studios and networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon Digital, Spike TV, and Comedy Central, and top creative agencies such as DDB Needham, Saatchi & Saatchi, and JWT. New York is also home to more than 1,900 computer systems and design firms and game design studios such as Gameloft, Vicarious Visions (a Studio of Activision Blizzard), and Atari.
New York is also home to so many art and design schools you will lost count. These schools offer plenty of opportunities to teach and learn. Just a few of the best include Parsons The New School for Design, School of the Visual Arts and Pratt Institute’s School of Art. Many of New York’s best art and design schools also offer excellent animation programs.
Continue reading to learn find out which New York schools offer the best animation programs and where to find them.
New York Animation Schools
New York is home to a number of art schools, technical schools, and traditional colleges that offer a variety of degrees from computer animation to electronic integrated arts to graphic design. Scroll through the list below to review New York’s best options for aspiring animators and what they have to offer.
Alfred State - Degrees Offered: AAS, BS Digital Media & Animation (DMA)
Alfred University/New York State College of Ceramics - Degrees Offered: BFA Digital Interactive Arts, MFA Electronic Integrated Arts
Brooklyn College, The City University of New York - Degrees Offered: BFA Art with a Concentration in Digital Art, MFA Art with a Concentration in Digital Art
Pratt Institute, The City University of New York - Degrees Offered: BFA Digital Arts with Concentrations in 3-D Animation and Motion Arts, and 2-D Animation, MFA Digital Animation and Motion Arts
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia - Degrees Offered: BFA Animation and Illustration
Fashion Institute of Technology - Degrees Offered: BFA Computer Animation and Interactive Media
New York Film Academy – Degrees Offered: BFA Animation, 1 Year Animation Conservatory, 3 Week Animation Workshop, 4 Week Animation Workshop
New York Institute of Technology – Degrees Offered: BFA, MFA Computer Graphics/Animation, MFA Computer Graphics/Art and Technology, 2D Animation Workshop
New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts – Degrees Offered: BA Film and Television with an Animation Core in Production, MFA Animation and Digital Arts. The MFA program is available at Tisch Asia.
Parsons The New School for Design – Degrees Offered: BFA, MFA Design and Technology, BFA Communication Design, BFA Illustration. All programs allow students to study Animation and Motion Graphics.
School of the Visual Arts (SVA) – Degrees Offered: BFA Animation, Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Computer Art, BFA Cartooning, MFA Computer Art, Continuing Education (CE) Animation Courses
St. John’s University – Degrees Offered: AS, BS Television and Film with Animation courses such as Animation, 3D Animation, and Motion Graphics
Rochester Institute of Technology – Degrees Offered: BFA, MFA Film and Animation
Skidmore College - Degrees Offered: BS Art Studio with a Primary Concentration in Communication Design or Drawing, and a Secondary Concentration Animation
Syracuse University – Degrees Offered: BFA, MFA Computer Art and Animation, Minor Animation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Degrees Offered: BS Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) with a Concentration in Digital Storytelling (Animation, Video, Game Design), BS in Electronic Art (BS EART) with a Concentration in Visual Arts & Animation, MFA, PhD in Electronic Art (EART). EART students may explore areas from Animation and Communication Technologies to Gaming.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for New York Animators
New York is home to 2,510 multimedia artists and animators. They average $70,660 per year down from $71,960 in 2013 when the state was home to 2,710 multimedia artists and animators. Across the nation, employment for multimedia artists and animators is expected to increase by six percent for the 2012-2022 decade. Nationwide, multimedia artists and animators averaged $61,370 (median) in 2013. Today, the average median salary is $63,630. The lowest paid animators and multimedia artists earned $34,860 in 2013 and the highest paid averaged $113,470 per year. Today, the highest paid animators average $112,030 per year and the lowest paid animators average $35,510.
Across the nation, employment for multimedia artists and animators is expected to increase by six percent for the 2012-2022 decade
Although salaries and the population of multimedia artists and animators in New York dipped slightly between 2013 and today, New York still has the fourth highest average salary for multimedia artists and animators and the second highest employment level in the nation. California has the highest employment level, while Washington, Texas, and Georgia have the third, fourth and fifth highest, respectively. The top five highest paying states are:
- California ($82,170 per year)
- Washington ($75,740 per year)
- Massachusetts ($73,470 per year)
- New York ($70,660 per year)
- Idaho ($69,450 per year)
At $73,140 per year, animators and multimedia artists living in the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division average several thousand more per year than the state average. In addition, although job opportunities can be found in many cities in the State of New York, the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division has the second highest employment level for animators and multimedia artists of the top ten metro areas for this occupation. Also worth considering are Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, and Syracuse.
Awesome Animation Fact: For the Oscar winning film Frozen (2013), Hans, Kristoff, and Anna were all named after Hans Christian Andersen, the creator of “The Snow Queen.” Moreover, if you say the names of four of the films main characters (Hans, Kristoff, Anna, Sven), you may hear a familiar name. So that’s kind of cool. -Hypable