Our 2014 rankings of the top animation school programs on the East Coast. We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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11. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is one of the nation’s oldest schools of art and design. It has a long list of accomplished alums to list credit such as Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden (who received an Oscar Nomination for the 2012 animated short film Feral), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show), Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Elephant) and Robert Richardson (Inglourious Bastards, Django Unchained, Kill Bill: Vol. 1).

Rhode Island School of Design’s active Film, Animation & Video Department attracts talent from around the world thanks to offering one of the most competitive programs in the U.S. The BFA in Film/Animation/Video (FAV) offers the opportunity to produce a polished collection of animated works as well as experimental, documentary, or narrative projects. This fine arts college also offers access to classes and programs at adjacent Brown University and it’s an easy commute to the culture capital of the world—New York, as well as another major cultural center—Boston.

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Founded in 1877, RISD is home to 2,420 student artists and more than 500 faculty members. This private, four-year art school sits on 51-acre urban campus, owns a farm with an additional 33 acres of lawn, and beachfront on Narragansett Bay. The school also houses the popular Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD Museum).

2. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is the former home of famed artist Andy Warhol, Nobel Prize in Economic Science winner John Nash Jr.—the inspiration for the Ron Howard film A Beautiful Mind, and even the inventor of emoticons (smileys). The school is also home to several wide-ranging programs for aspiring animators. Options include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic & Time-Based Media (BFA ETB) with a Focus in Animation, Computational and Interactive Art, Game Arts, or Video & Performance; a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA)—sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) and the College of Fine Arts (CFA), and a Masters of Entertainment (MET).

Carnegie Mellon also offers a number of flexible degree options for aspiring animators.  Students may choose the BCSA with ETC 5th-Year option leading to a Master of Entertainment Technology in ETC, the “regular” BFA where all students study animation, video, interactive media and more, and a Minor in Computer Science. Double major and double degree options are also on the menu.

Carnegie Mellon was established in 1900. The school sits on a 143-acre campus just 5 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh. This private research university is home to more than 12,400 students and over 1,400 faculty members. In addition, CMU has an excellent Study Abroad program that offers the opportunity to study in China, Japan, Germany, Spain, Brazil, France, and beyond.

3. New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York
The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts is home to the BA in Film & Television Program with an Animation Core, the MFA in Animation & Digital Arts Program, and the MFA in Film Program. Students have the option to study in New York or at the Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore—NYU's first degree granting campus outside New York City or at the school’s coveted NYC campus.

Tisch School of the Arts was established in 1965. This private school of New York University is home to more than 4,000 students enrolled in 5 schools/divisions including the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Skirball Center for New Media, Institute of Performing Arts, Department of Art and Public Policy, and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Famous Tisch students include Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, M. Knight Shyamalan, Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men), and Billy Crystal.

Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the U.S., it is home to more than 50,000 students; 14 schools, colleges, and divisions, and 16,000 employees. The school occupies five major centers in Manhattan. The largest is the Washington Square Center, which is in the heart of Greenwich Village—one of the City's most creative and historic neighborhoods.

4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to several top computer graphics programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include Digital Media and Design (DMD), Graduate Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT) that leads to a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Graphics and Game Technology, and the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation PhD (HMS).

Many animators opt for the DMD program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering-Digital Media. Graduates of UPenn’s DMD program have worked on Oscar-winning animated films such as Brave, and many are currently employed at Pixar—one of the world’s top animation studios.

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania sits on 302-acre urban campus less than 10-minutes from downtown Philadelphia—the city’s cultural center, and less than 2 hours from the glamour of NYC. The school is home to 24,630 students, 4 undergraduate schools, and 12 graduate and professional schools.

5. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) sits on a 1,300-acre campus in suburban Rochester—the 3rd largest city in NY State. It is home to 9 colleges, 18,292 students, 3,781 faculty and staff, and more than 200 programs. The school, which also has campuses in Dubai and Eastern Europe, houses the competitive College of Imaging Arts and Science—home of the School of Film and Animation.

The School offers some of nation’s top programs for animators and other artists. Offerings include a BFA in Film and Animation, an MFA in Film and Animation, a BFA in 3D Graphics, a BFA in Illustration, and an MFA in Visual Communication Design.

The Rochester Institute of Technology was established in 1885 as the Mechanics Institute and adopted the name Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1944. Mechanical Drawing was the first class offered by the Mechanics Institute, which had an enrollment of 400 students when it opened. By 1903 the Institute had established 5 academic departments—mostly in the arts. The Departments of Fine Arts, Industrial Arts, Mechanic Arts and Sciences, Domestic Science and Art, and Manual Training quickly expanded to 3,000 students.

6. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
Graduates of Pratt Institute are routinely hired at top studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Disney Features, Blue Sky Studios, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Rhythm and Hues Studios, and more. Why? Because the Institute offers several celebrated degree programs for aspiring animators. Options include a BFA in Digital Arts with Concentrations in 2D Animation and 3D Animation and Motion Arts, a BFA in Interactive Arts, and a BFA in Film. Pratt also offers several notable master’s programs for animators including an MFA in Digital Animation and Motion Arts and an MFA in Interactive Arts.

Besides an impressive collection of programs for aspiring animators, Pratt Institute offers all-access to NYC, along with production studios such as Curious Pictures, Cartoon Network, and Tronic. Pratt Institute students also have access to 9 state of the art digital studio/classrooms, traditional animation facilities, 2-D/3-D printers + production facility, a mediated digital arts gallery, an audio recording studio, a dedicated green screen facility, graduate studio spaces, and the Digital Arts Resource Center—all housed in a LEED Certified Green building. 

Founded in1887, Pratt Institute sits on a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, New York. Home to 4,627 students from 48 states and 80 countries, Pratt Institute ranks among the top design schools by Businessweek and among the top 10 in Red Dot Design’s 2013 International Ranking of Universities.

77. Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York
Parsons The New School for Design is made up of 5 art and design schools including the School of Art, Media, and Technology, the School of Fashion, the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Design Strategies, and the School of Constructed Environments. The School of Art, Media, and Technology is home to a fine collection of programs for aspiring animators. They include a BFA in Art, Media and Technology; a BFA in Design and Technology, a BFA in Communication Design, a BFA in Illustration, and an MFA in Design and Technology. Illustration students may choose to focus in Animation and Motion Graphics, Drawing, or Illustration.

Considered a “pioneer in art and design education,” Parsons attracts working artists and faculty from New York and across the U.S., and countries such as China, India, South Korea, and Mexico. Commonly called “The New School” or simply “Parsons,” this top-tier art and design school is home to nearly 5,000 students and more than 2,000 students enrolled in single art and design courses. Parsons The New School for Design has been around since 1896.

8. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (HASS) is home to RPI’s Electronic Media, Arts, and Communications (EMAC) program. EMAC offerings include a BS in Electronic Arts, a BS in Electronic Media, Arts & Communication (BS in EMAC), and an MFA in Electronic Arts. The Program even offers a PhD in Electronic Arts.

RPIs flexible EMAC and EART programs allow students to choose one or concentrations. Popular concentrations for aspiring animators in the EMAC program include Digital Storytelling (Animation, Video, Game Design), and Interaction Design. EART concentrations include Visual Arts & Animation; Computer Music & Sound Art; Video and Emerging Media; Art, Technology & Culture. Students may enhance their education by adding a minor, dual major, study abroad, internship, or even a co-terminal graduate program, according to RPI.

Founded in 1824 as the Rensselaer School by Stephen Van Rensselaer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a collection of 5 schools offering more than 145 graduate and undergraduate programs to nearly 7,000 students. The school, which opened in a single building on the northwest corner of Troy’s River and Middleburgh streets, now sits on a 275-acre campus overlooking the City of Troy and the Hudson River. In addition, the school operates the 1,250-acre Rensselaer Technology Park.

9. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts
Founded in 1873 as a training institution for aspiring drawing teachers, architects, artists, and designers, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) now offers a large collection of programs for aspiring animators and other digital artists of all kinds. Offerings include a BFA in Animation, and BFA degrees in Illustration and Film/Video. Animation students will study both experimental and conventional techniques in the areas of Character Animation, Digitally Generated Animation, Documentary Animation, Stop Motion, Experimental Video, and other emerging technologies.

MassArt also offers an MFA degree in Design (Dynamic Media Institute (DMI)) and Media Arts: Film/Video, and a post-baccalaureate program in Design (DMI), which is a one-year immersive program. All MassArt art and design programs are

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Massachusetts College of Art and Design is home to 2,426 students enrolled in more than 20 undergraduate art programs, nearly a dozen graduate programs, 7 certificate programs, and a variety of continuing education programs. The school, which sits on a 5-acre campus in Boston’s Fenway area, is around 3 miles from Boston’s bustling Downtown area.

1010. Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts
Established in 1880, Emerson College was one of the first schools in the nation to offer a BFA in Film and an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting. The school, which sits on an 8-acre campus in the Theatre District and in the heart of Downtown Boston, offers several degree programs for aspiring animators through its Department of Visual & Media Arts. Offerings include a BA or BFA in Animation and Motion Media. The programs, which prepare students for careers in the film, gaming, and television industries, focus on “computer animation, film animation, motion graphics, visual effects, and compositing techniques.” –Emerson.edu

The Department of Visual & Media Arts also offers a BA and BFA degree in Film for students interested in enhancing their careers. In addition, Emerson College is a member of The Professional Arts Consortium (ProArts)—an “association of six institutions of higher education in the Boston area dedicated to the visual and performing arts.” Students are encouraged to take advantage of course offerings and networking opportunities through the program.

Home to around 4,500 students from all 50 states and 75 countries, Emerson College also has an additional campus in Los Angeles that allows qualified juniors, seniors, and graduate students to study in LA for one semester, complete an internship, and participate in personal and professional development workshops and panel discussions. Emerson Los Angeles (ELA) offers courses in Film Development, Videogame Writing and Production, Production Design, Screenwriting, Entertainment Marketing, and more.

11. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) ranks high among MFA programs in the Visual Arts by U.S. News & World Report. The MFA program in Illustration Practice is just one. Undergraduate programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation, a BFA in Drawing, and BFA Degrees in Illustration, Interaction Design & Art, and Video & Film Arts. Students may also be interested in the BFA in Animation + Humanistic Studies, the BFA in Drawing + Humanistic Studies or BFA Degrees in Illustration + Humanistic Studies, Interactive Arts + Humanistic Studies, and Film &  Video + Humanistic Studies.

Students may choose a Studio Concentration such as Animation, Film & Video, Filmmaking (new! 2012/2013), Illustration, or Interactive Arts. In addition, MICA lists the following Majors for aspiring animators: Animation, Drawing, Film and Video, Illustration, and Interactive Arts. The total credits for the BFA in Animation + Humanistic Studies is 132, and 126 for the BFA in Animation.

The Maryland Institute College of Art was established in 1826. The school, which sits on a 13-acre campus in Downtown Baltimore, is home to around 2,169 students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries.

12. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA Boston) offers Film, Studio Art, Performance, and Painting programs. Programs for aspiring animators include BFA and MFA degrees in Film and Animation, and a unique dual degree program offered in conjunction with Tufts University. According to SMFA Boston, students that complete the BFA + BA/BS program “will graduate with two degrees from Tufts: a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a major of your choice and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.” Popular focus areas for aspiring animators include Film + Animation, Drawing, and Video.

Founded in 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA Boston) sits on a 14-acre campus just under 3 miles from bustling Downtown Boston. The school is home to 613 students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries.

13. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Originally named “Cartoonists and Illustrators School,” SVA offers BFA degrees in Animation, Animation & Visual Effects, Cartooning, Computer Art, Film & Video, and Illustration. Because SVA is a considered a “primary source” of animation talent by the animation industry, many animation graduates currently work for Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Lucasfilm Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, and many others.

Founded in 1947, School of Visual Arts (SVA) is located on Manhattan’s East Side and it has a student population of around 3,500. The school offers more than 30 graduate and undergraduate programs in all areas of art.

14.  Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Syracuse University (SU) is the former home of Chris Renaud, animator/director/producer/illustrator/production designer and 2014 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film Despicable Me 2. This private research university is also home to more than 21,000 students from all 50 states and 123 countries, enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate programs, 200+ graduate programs, and more that 100 minors. Among SU’s many programs is one of the nation’s top animation programs.

SU offers BFA degrees in Computer Art & Animation, Art Video, Film, and Illustration and a Minor in Animation. The school also offers MFA degrees in Art Video, Computer Art, and Illustration, and an MFA and MA in Film. These programs are offered through the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) - Department of Art, VPA - Department of Transmedia, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University’s main campus sits on 700+ acres in the heart of Central New York, which offers easy access to New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto. The school also has extended campuses in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.

1415. Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
Corcoran College of Art + Design is Washington DC’s only college of art and design and one of the nation’s oldest art schools. It offers several popular programs for aspiring animators. Options include an AFA and BFA in Digital Media Design. Beside the opportunity to exhibit and present their theses at the famed Corcoran Gallery of Art, all students have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as El Salvador, India, Israel, Scotland, and many others.

Established in 1878, Corcoran is part of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which was established roughly nine years earlier by William Wilson Corcoran. The school is home to more than 600 students from across the U.S. and 29 foreign countries. Students have more than a dozen art and design programs to choose from across 2 campuses including a bustling Downtown DC campus and a hip campus in the historic Georgetown neighborhood.

16. New York Film Academy, New York, New York
The New York Film Academy (NYFA) is home to the coveted 3D Animation School. The School offers intensive 3-Week and 4-Week Animation Workshops, a One-Year Animation Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program in Animation. Animators wishing to enhance their education may be interested in New York Film Academy’s AFA & BFA in Filmmaking, the MA in Film & Media Production, the MFA in Cinematography or the MFA in Filmmaking. 

The school, which was established in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock—a former film, television and theatre producer, also has locations at Disney Studios, Florida and Harvard University, as well as Paris, India, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Korea, Italy, Australia, China, Indonesia, and Qatar. 

17. The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The University of the Arts (UArts) offers several solid programs for aspiring animators and a number of additional programs that could enhance their career opportunities. Offerings include a BFA in Animation, a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with Concentrations in Animation, Film & Video, and Painting and Drawing; a BFA in Design, Art & Technology (BFA DAT), a BFA in Illustration, a BFA in Film & Video, and a BFA in Writing for Film & Television. An Animation Minor and a Film & Video Minor are also available.

In 1876, the University of the Arts (UArts) was part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and it was named Philadelphia College of Art (PCA). Today, UArts is the “nation's only comprehensive arts university (home to the College of Art, Media & Design, the College of Performing Arts and the Division of Liberal Arts).” –UArts

The school, which sits on an 18-acre campus in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district, is home to 2,100 students enrolled in 41 undergraduate programs, 5 Certificate programs and 23 Minors. All UArts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

18. Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair State University’s College of the Arts-Department of Design is home to a variety of programs for artists of all kinds—including animators. In fact, the school’s animation program isn’t just one of the best in the region—it is considered one of the best in the nation. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation/Illustration and a BA/BFA in Fine Arts Studio with a Specialization in Drawing. Aspiring animators may be interested several other programs that may enhance their education and career opportunities. The College of the Arts-School of Communication and Media offers a BFA in Filmmaking and a BA in Television & Digital Media.

Established in 1908 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair, Montclair State University is home to 19,464 students and it has been named “The Best Public University in New Jersey,” by Forbes Magazine. It was the first University to broadcast education television programs, it was the first New Jersey State College to offer master’s degrees, and it was the first state institution to offer multiple doctoral programs.

Besides holding the crown for the largest series of “firsts” among public universities in the state, Montclair State University sits on a 250-acre campus less than 15 miles from New Jersey’s largest city—Newark. Points of interest include the Newark Museum, the Newark Public Library, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Riverfront, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

19. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is home to the prominent School of the Visual Arts at Virginia Tech (SOVA VT). SOVA VT offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in multiple areas of art. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Studio Arts where students will study 3D Animation and Modeling, Digital Video and Special Effects, Digital Painting, and Digital Photography. The school also offers an MFA in Creative Technologies with coursework in 3D Animation, Video, Motion Graphics, Digital Imaging, Interactive Multi-Media Design, Creative Coding, Web Design, Sound and Imaging, Spatial Interactivity, and installation.

Students wishing to enhance their education might consider Virginia Tech’s Theater and Cinema Programs, particularly the BA in Theater with an Emphasis in Cinema. Offered through the School of Performing Arts, the program features study in Digital Cinema Production and Writing & Directing. Students may also choose the Minor in Cinema Studies.

Established in 1872, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is made up of a collection of more than 125 buildings across 2,600 acres. The campus is also home to an airport and 31,000 full-time students enrolled in 215 programs. The school, which ranks 41st in the nation in university research, houses 8 colleges and a graduate school.

20. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth) is home to the College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) which houses some of the regions (if not the nation’s) best art and design programs. Among them are several recognized programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Visual Design with an option in Digital Media and a BFA in Illustration. Curricular offerings within the BFA in Visual Design - Digital Media include 2D Animation, 3D Modeling, Digital Imaging, Storytelling and Storyboarding, and 3D Modeling. The school also offers an MFA in Visual Design and even a Fine Arts Certificate.

UMass Dartmouth was established in 1895. The school sits on a 710-acre campus and it is home to 9,210 students. UMass offers more than 170 programs across 7 colleges and schools.

21. University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) is home to the popular Department of Visual Arts (VArts). The Department
offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BA/BFA in Visual Arts with a Concentration in Animation/Interactive Media. Students wishing to enhance their education may be interested in the BFA in Visual Arts with a Concentration in Cinematic Arts or Intermedia.

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) was established in 1966. It sits on a 500-acre campus just 30 minutes from Washington, D.C.  This Honors University is home to nearly 14,000 students and it offers 44 undergraduate majors, 36 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs, and 17 graduate certificate programs across 6 colleges and schools. UMBC also offers 41 undergraduate minors, 20 certificate programs, and Study Abroad opportunities at 2 institutions in Europe including Polytechnic University of Spain in Valencia and the University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

22. Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey
Bloomfield College is located just 15 short miles from New York City, but this isn’t the only advantage this independent college has to offer. Bloomfield College is home to the prolific Creative Arts & Technology Department that manages several sought-after programs for aspiring animators. Programs include a BA in Animation, a BA in Digital Video, and a BA in Interactive Multimedia. A Certificate in Digital Media is also on the menu.

Founded in 1868, Bloomfield College is situated on an intimate 11-acre campus and it is home to 2,100 students. Besides its animation programs, the school offers more than 60 respected major and degree programs.

2323. Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Edinboro University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Art Department at Edinboro. The Department offers several programs for aspiring animators including a BFA Applied Media Arts-Cinema (Animation, Computer Animation, and Film & Video), and a BFA in Studio Arts-Drawing. The school also offers an MA in Studio Arts and an MFA Fine Arts.

Animation students have access to the Animation Club and the Drawing and Painting Club as well as study abroad opportunities in places such as Italy and Morocco and internship opportunities across the U.S. Graduates of program have landed jobs at DreamWorks SKG, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation, and many others.

Established in 1857, Edinboro University is a public liberal arts university that sits on a 585-acre campus just 20 miles from Erie. The school is home to more than 9,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs across 5 colleges and schools. In addition to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Edinboro University houses the College of Science and Health Professions, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

24. Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Hampshire College offers one of the most flexible programs for aspiring animators and other artists, which is just one reason this school is so popular among aspiring artists in the region and across the U.S. First, all Hampshire College students have the opportunity to design their own areas of concentration. This means, the final product may be a combination of several areas of study—in the areas that the student chooses. 

Aspiring animation students have a wide variety of areas to choose from including Animation and Digital Art, Digital Media, Film/Video, and Studio/Visual Arts. Programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree. Besides the opportunity to design their own areas of concentration, students have access to several advanced animation studios and internship opportunities through Bit Films. According to Hampshire College, the short animated student films produced through the internship program have gone on to win dozens of awards from film festivals worldwide. In addition, graduates of the school’s art and design programs have also gone on to find positions at Pixar Animation Studios, the Cartoon Network, Rhythm & Hues, South Park, and more.

Founded in 1965, Hampshire College is a private college that sits on an 800-acre campus just a few hours from Boston and a 3-hour drive from NYC. The school is home to 1,400 students enrolled in more than 60 areas of study.

25. Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts
Mount Ida College is home to the popular School of Design. The School of Design offers several top-tier programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BS in Animation, a BS in Game Art & Animation, and a BS in Digital Visualization. Students may also add a minor to enhance their education and career opportunities. Common minor options for aspiring animators include Art/Design History and Studio Art.

All School of Design students are encouraged to apply to Mount Ida’s Study Abroad Program, which accepts 20 lucky students each year. The school also has an outstanding internship program that partners with both local and regional companies.

Established in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college located just minutes from Boston. The school, which sits on a 72-acre campus, is home to more than 1,300 students enrolled in more than 20 undergraduate majors, 3 graduate programs, and more than a dozen minors across 4 schools and a graduate school.