|1||California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)||California|
|2||University of Southern California (USC)||California|
|3||University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)||California|
|4||Laguna College of Art and Design||California|
|5||Academy of Art University||California|
|6||Gnomon School of Visual Effects||California|
|8||San Jose State University||California|
|9||Digipen Institute of Technology||Washington|
|10||Loyola Marymount University||California|
|11||California State University, Fullerton||California|
|12||Art Center College of Design||California|
|13||Otis College of Art and Design||California|
|14||California State University, Long Beach||California|
|15||California College of the Arts||California|
|16||The Art Institute of California , San Francisco||California|
|17||California State University, Northridge||California|
|18||Academy of Interactive Entertainment||Washington|
|21||New York Film Academy (Los Angeles)||California|
|22||The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles||California|
|23||The Art Institute of Seattle||Washington|
|24||Pacific Northwest College of Art||Oregon|
|25||California State University, Los Angeles||California|
11. California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Established in 1957, California State University Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton) is home to 37,677 students enrolled in 107 degree programs across eight colleges. The College of Arts, Department of Visual Arts offers more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate programs for artists of all kinds. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Entertainment Art/Animation.
12. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
The Art Center College of Design was established in 1930. It is home to 1,829 students enrolled in more than a dozen art and design programs. The school plans to expand its offerings in Fall 2015. The BS in Entertainment Design will offer a Track in Character Animation. The BS also offers a Track in Concept Design.
13. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was founded in 1918. It is home to 1,100 students enrolled in more than a dozen art and design programs. OTIS offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BA in Digital Media with an Animation Major and a Digital Media Arts Certificate Program. The Certificate program offers a Specialization Track in Animation.
14. California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Established in 1949, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is home to 35,592 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across eight colleges. The College of the Arts is home to the Department of Film and Electronic Arts and the School of Art. Department of Film offerings include a BA in Film and Electronic Arts with heavy Digital Arts Production and 3D Computer Animation coursework. School of Art offerings include a BFA in Art with an Animation Track and MA/MFA degrees in Animation. The MA/MFA are individualized programs.
15. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is home to 1,968 students enrolled in 34 degree programs across several departments and a graduate school. The Animation Department offers a BFA in Animation. The program is offered at the Oakland campus. Students can take a free shuttle between the Oakland and San Francisco campuses for access to facilities offered at both campuses.
16. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California
The Art Institutes (AI) is a system of over 50 schools across North America that offers a variety of programs in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include a BS in Media Arts and Animation and an MFA in Computer Animation.
17. California State University-Northridge, Northridge, California
California State University Northridge (CSUN) was founded in 1958 It is home to 38,310 students enrolled in more than 140 programs across nine colleges. The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication houses the Department of Art, which offers several programs for aspiring animators. Program offerings include BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts. Both programs offer a Concentration in Animation
18. Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Seattle, Washington
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) was established in 1996. It has seven campuses in the U.S. and Australia, and one dedicated Online campus. AIE offers a variety of programs in the areas of Game Design and Animation. Offerings for aspiring animators include an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (3D Animation and VFX for Film) and an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Game Art and Animation). Both programs take two years to complete, full-time.
19. Chapman University, Orange, California
Chapman University was founded in 1861 as Hesperian College. It is home to 7,570 students enrolled in more than 100 programs across nine colleges and schools. The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a wide range of programs for aspiring filmmakers and other artists. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA and a Minor in Digital Arts. According the College, Digital Arts students will have the chance to develop, design, and produce their own projects as well as contribute animation or visual effects to fellow students.
20. Ex’Pression College, Emeryville and San Jose, California
Established in 1998, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts (ECDA) is home to more than 1,000 students enrolled in six programs. The school offers one program for aspiring animators—a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Animation and Visual Effects. The BAS program is available at the Emeryville and San Jose campuses.
21. New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, California
New York Film Academy (NYFA) was founded in 1992 and it has campuses in North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. The Academy offers dozens of programs ranging from one-week acting and filmmaking classes to MFA programs in all areas from Cinematography to Producing. Programs for aspiring animators are offered at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus only. The Animation School at NYFA-Los Angeles offers a BFA in 3D Animation and a one-year 3D Animation program.
22. The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles opened in 1997. The school is home to more than 2,000 students enrolled in more than 20 Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary Arts programs. Programs for aspiring animators include a BS in Arts and Animation and a BS in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. Related degree options include an AS in Video Production and a BS in Digital Cinema and Video Production.
23. The Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Washington
The Art Institute of Seattle was founded in 1946 as the Burnley School for Professional Art and it became a member of the Art Institutes in 1982. The school is home to more than 2,000 students enrolled in more than 20 programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary Arts. The Media Arts Department offers a BFA in Media Arts and Animation and several other programs that may be interesting to aspiring animators. Related program offerings include a BS in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, an AAA in Video Production, and a BFA in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production.
24. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has been around since 1909. The school is home to 477 undergraduate and graduate students, and it welcomes 1,450 CE students each year. PNCA offers BFA degrees in four majors with ten concentrations, MFAs in five programs, one MA, four Certificate programs, and dozens of offerings for CE students. The Media Arts Department offers several programs for aspiring artists. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Media Arts with a Concentration in Animated Arts and the opportunity for students in other majors to study animation in their second and third year.
25. California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
California State University – Los Angeles (Cal State LA or CSULA) was founded in 1947. The school is home to 23,258 students enrolled in dozens of degree programs across seven colleges and an honors college. The College of Arts and Letters houses the Department of Art. The Department offers one program for aspiring animators—a BA in Animation. Because the BA program is housed in the Department of Art, in addition to Animation, it highlights Foundations of Painting, Drawing, Color Composition, Hands-on Form Making, and Historical Art.