Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in New York. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
1. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) offers a variety of programs for aspiring animators. Options include BFA degrees in Animation, Computer Art, and Computer Animation and Visual Effects, a BFA in Cartooning, and an MFA in Computer Art. Continuing Education (CE) Animation courses are also on the menu. All SVA animation students have opportunities to intern or work part-time at alumni-owned studios such as Titmouse, Augenblick Studios, and Plympton, as well as with numerous independent animation studios in New York.
SVA animation graduates have gone on to work at major studios such as Blue Sky Studios, Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Lucasfilm Animation, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, and independent animation studios across the globe.
About SVA: The School of Visual Arts (SVA) was founded in 1947 as “Cartoonists and Illustrators School.” The school is home to more than 6,000 students enrolled in more than 30 art and design programs.
2. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
The Pratt Institute School of Art offers a BFA in Digital Arts and Animation with an Emphasis in Digital Animation and Motion Arts or Interactive Arts. Concentrations include 2-D, 3-D, and Interactive Arts. The School also offers an MFA in Digital Arts with Concentrations in Digital Animation and Motion Arts Animation and Interactive Arts. School of Art alumni can be found working at major studios such as Digital Domain, Cartoon Network Studios, DreamWorks Studios, Rhythm and Hues, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Curious Pictures, Sony Imageworks, and many others.
About Pratt: Founded in 1887, Pratt institute is home to 4,659 students enrolled in 22 undergraduate degree programs, 26 graduate degree programs, and a variety of Certificate and Minor programs across five schools and The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. Schools include the School of Art, the School of Design, the School of Architecture, the School of Information, and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
3. New York University (NYU), New York, New York
Tisch School of the Arts was founded in 1965 and it is part of New York University (NYU). The School houses the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, which offers a BA in Film and Television with an Animation Core in Production. An MFA in Animation and Digital Arts is also on the menu, and it is offered at Tisch Asia. The animation program, which was established in 1979, began with three classes: Art & Design, Animation I, and Animation II. For the 1980-1981 academic year, the program was home to 80 students enrolled in five classes. In 2013, the program enrolled 461 students, and the current Animation curriculum consists of nearly twenty different classes. Graduates of the Animation program at Tisch have found positions at Pixar, DreamWorks, Walt Disney Animation Studios and many others.
About New York University: Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the nation. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. The school is home to more than 57,000 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across more than a dozen colleges, schools, and institutes.
4. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
The College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is home to the nation’s first PhD in Imaging Science and the School of Film and Animation (SOFA). SOFA offers BFA and MFA degrees in Film and Animation. Graduates of RIT’s animation programs have found employment at top studios such as Disney Animation Studios, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Industrial Light and Magic, and Rhythm and Hues Studios.
About RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was founded in 1885 as Mechanics Institute. When it opened, the school offered mechanical drawing, which eventually attracted more than 400 students. Today, RIT is home to 18,632 students majoring in everything from Art and Design to Urban Community Studies.
5. The New School/Parsons, New York, New York (top 10% of schools considered)
The New School is home to Parsons School of Design, which houses the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). AMT offers BFA and MFA degrees in Design and Technology, and BFA degrees in Communication Design and Illustration. A Minor in Communication Design is also available. All programs allow students to study 2D and 3D Animation and as well as Motion Graphics.
About The New School: Founded in 1896 by American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, The New School/Parsons is home to than 10,000 students enrolled in 138 degree programs, diploma programs and majors, and more than 50 minors across five colleges. New School colleges include the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, College of Performing Arts, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School for Social Research, and Parsons School of Design.