Pennsylvania is home to 262 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Only five other states have more than 200 Title IV schools. Pennsylvania has the third largest number of the six schools. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education. Once the requirements have met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students that may need help covering tuition costs. To earn Title IV status, the school must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) grant an associate's degree or higher, (3) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department.
Many Pennsylvania Title IV schools offer excellent art and design programs, including animation programs. Some are considered affordable compared to other schools across the U.S., while others are quite expensive. However, because these schools have Title IV status, students should have no problems securing financial assistance through the many federal financial aid programs available.
To compare the tuition costs of Pennsylvania animation schools to others across the nation, take a look at our list of the most expensive to least expensive animation schools below and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Pennsylvania Animation Schools
Drexel University, Philadelphia - Tuition Information: Undergraduate $44,646; Graduate $21,864 ($911 per credit hour/12 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia – Tuition Information: Undergraduate $39,908 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh - Tuition Information: Undergraduate $33,778; Graduate $28,536 ($1,189 per credit hour/12 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Pennsylvania Animation Schools
California University of Pennsylvania, California – Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $6,820 nonresidents $10,230 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Edinboro University, Edinboro – Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $6,820, nonresidents $10,230 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Pennsylvania Animation Scene
The Keystone State is home to more than 60,000 salaried artists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 510 are animators and multimedia artists. Thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania Film Office, the Pittsburgh Film Office, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, the state’s film industry is strong enough to support these talented artists. The state’s many film offices offer benefits such as incentives, easy access to locations, and a wide variety of competitions and festivals that attract major productions and talent from across the U.S.
Besides the film industry, many Pennsylvania-based animators work in advertising and marketing. The state is home to a variety of studios and creative agencies such as:
- Aloysius Butler & Clark (ab+c), Philadelphia
- Brownstein Group, Philadelphia
- Hanlon Creative, Philadelphia
- Impax Marketing, Philadelphia
- Kensington Falls Animation, Ambridge
- Munroe Creative Partners, Philadelphia
- Orchid 3D, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania is also home to more than 1,000 computer systems and design firms that may offer opportunities for aspiring animators. While opportunities for animators can be found across the state, some of the best opportunities are in major cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Scranton.
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