11. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is an independent college of art and design with a population of approximately 550 students. Established in 1882, the school offers 15 majors in the areas of Art, Craft, Design, and Interactive Media. Program offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation. The program, which highlights courses such as Advanced 3D Animation, Mapping, Digital Lighting, 2D/3D Compositing for Animation, 3D Texture, and Concept Development, prepares graduates for positions such as 3D Character Animator, Animator, Game Designer, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist, and Independent Filmmaker.

12. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

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With 285 students, the Department of Entertainment Arts is the largest department at the College for Creative Studies (CCS). The Department of Illustration, which enrolls more than 200 students, is the second largest. The Department of Entertainment Arts offers a BFA in Entertainment Art with a Concentration in Animation. All Entertainment Art students have the opportunity to customize their curriculum by taking coursework in other concentrations such as Video and Game Design. The BFA In Illustration is another option. Graduates of this program have pursued careers in Animation, Comic Book Art, Gaming, and many others. 

Graduates of the Animation program at CCS have been hired at major studios across the U.S. Just a few include DreamWorks Animation, Disney ABC Television Group, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Bento Box Entertainment, Pixomondo, and Blur Studio. 

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) has a population of just over 1,400 students enrolled in more than a dozen degree programs across 14 academic departments.

13. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Ball State University was established in 1918. It is home to around 21,000 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across 10 colleges. The College of Fine Art, School of Art offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include BFA and MFA degrees with an Emphasis in Animation. The programs, which explore traditional 2D and 3D Animation, Character Design, Storyboarding, and other topics, prepare students to work in Film and Television, Video Games, Medical Animation, Architectural Rendering, Advertising, and Product Visualization. 

14. Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Founded in 1928, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD) is home to 1,328 students enrolled in more than 20 programs. Offerings for aspiring animators a BA in Digital Media with heavy coursework in 2D and 3D Animation, Digital Imaging, Interactive Design, and Video and Motion Graphics. Digital Media students will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio in 2D Animation, 3D Game Art, Digital Imaging, Interactive Design, and Video and Motion Graphics. All areas require advanced animation skills.

15. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) was established in 1849. It is home to more than 23,000 students enrolled in more than 200 programs across six colleges and schools. The School of Visual and Built Environments is part of the College of Technology and home to the Simulation, Animation and Gaming program or “SAG.” The program, which emphasizes Animation, Modeling, Lighting, Rigging, and Camera Work in 3D, leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a Focus in Simulation, Animation, and Gaming. 

The interdisciplinary program gives students “a wide variety of experiences in their course of study, which provides a competitive advantage over many other programs that are local, national and international.”

16. Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Founded in 1905 and home to more than 20,000 students, Missouri State University is the states second largest university. The school offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and 48 graduate programs across four campuses, six academic colleges, the School of Agriculture, and the Graduate College. The College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art and Design offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Art and a BS in Electronic Arts. Both programs allow students to choose an Animation Emphasis and participate in the Japanese Animation Club.

17. Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota

Dakota State University (DSU) was established in 1881. It is home to more than 3,000 students enrolled in more than 35 majors “enhanced with technology” and a “robust” graduate program. DSU offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include a BS in Digital Arts and Design with a Focus in Production Animation and Production Animation 2D and 3D Minors. Because the animation programs at DSU highlight both Digital Arts and Design, and Production Animation coursework, graduates are prepared to pursue careers in Animation, 3D Graphic Design, TV/Film Effects, Broadcast Design, and many others. 

18. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was chartered in 1869. It is home to more than 25,000 students enrolled in hundreds of programs across 10 colleges. The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film offers one program for aspiring animators—a BFA with a Film and New Media (FNM) Production Emphasis. Top focus areas for aspiring animators include Computer Animation, Visual Effects, and Film and Video Production.

19. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

The University of Idaho was established in 1889. It is home to 11,534 students enrolled more than 300 degree programs across 10 colleges. The College of Art and Architecture offers a program that prepares students for a career in animation and game design. According to the College, the BS in Virtual Technology and Design will teach students how to “create virtual technologies for gaming, animated films, simulations, business and education, and other applications while studying art and design, computer science, animation, storytelling and much more.” Other options include a BA in Art and a BFA or MFA in Studio Art & Design with a Concentration in Interaction Design.

20. Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota

Minnesota State University – Moorhead opened in 1888. The school is home to approximately 5,836 students enrolled in 74 majors and 82 other programs across five colleges and the Department of Graduate Studies. The College of Arts, Media and Communication, School of Media Arts and Design (MAD) is home to the Animation Program. Offerings include a BA in Animation and a Minor in Media Arts. The Media Arts Minor offers 3D Modeling and 3D Animation courses. Another option is the BA in Film Production, which features a number of Animation Electives.