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Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1876, Texas A&M is the state’s first public institution of higher learning. The school is home to more than 50,000 students enrolled in more than 360 graduate and undergraduate programs across 16 colleges and schools. The College of Architecture offers a BS, MS, and MFA degrees in Visualization. These programs are for aspiring animators interested in an interdisciplinary degree that allows them to study Computer Generated Animation, among other subjects.

12.12. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1885 as Mechanics Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is home to 18,063 students majoring in everything from Art and Design to Urban Community Studies. RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) is home to the School of Film and Animation (SOFA). SOFA offers BFA and MFA degrees in Film and Animation.

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13.13. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home nearly 13,000 students, enrolled in more than 100 programs across seven colleges. The College of Fine Art, School of Art offers a BFA in Electronic and Time-Based Media with a Focus in Animation and a Bachelors in Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) with a Concentration in Animation and Special Effects. According to CMU, “the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences.”

14. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

School of Visual Arts (SVA) was founded in 1947 as “Cartoonists and Illustrators School.” The school is home to more than 4,300 students enrolled in more than 30 programs. SVA offers BFA degrees in Animation, Computer Art, and Computer Animation and Visual Effects. An MFA in Computer Art is also on the menu as well as a BFA in Cartooning, and Continuing Education (CE) Animation courses.

15. University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is home to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in more than 400 programs across 16 schools.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a Bachelors in Engineering and Science (BSE) with a Digital Media Design Major (DMD), a Digital Media Design (DMD) Minor, and a PhD in Human Modeling and Simulation (HMS PhD).

16. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA (top 10% of schools considered)

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was established in 1961 as the “Laguna Beach School of Art.” Home to just under 500 students, LCAD offers five undergraduate majors and three graduate programs. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation. 

17. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California (top 10% of schools considered)

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is home to more than 18,000 students enrolled in dozens of Art, Design, Fashion, and Architecture programs. Degrees are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and many programs are available entirely online. The Department of Animation and Visual effects offers a BFA and MFA in Animation and Visual Effects. BFA Emphasis Areas include Storyboarding, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Traditional Animation, and Visual Effects. The Department also offers an Online Award of Completion (OAC) and a Certificate in Animation and Visual Effects.

18. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (top 10% of schools considered)

Established in 1963, University of Central Florida (UCF) is home to 61,000 students enrolled in 210 degree programs across 12 colleges. The School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD) of the College of Arts and Humanities offers a number of degree programs for aspiring animators. Offerings for undergraduates include a BFA in Art with an Emerging Media Track/Character Animation Specialization and a BFA in Art with an Emerging Media Track/Experimental Animation Specialization. Programs for graduate students include an MFA degree in Emerging Media with a Digital Media Track, Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema Track, or “Studio Art and the Computer” Track.

19.19. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1890, Columbia College is home to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 100 academic majors or programs. The Cinema Art + Science Department of The School of Media Arts offers several programs for aspiring animators.  Offerings include BFA degrees in Computer Animation and Traditional Animation, and a BA in Cinema Art + Science with an Animation focus. 

20.20. Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

Founded in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design is home to nearly 5,000 students enrolled in 27 undergraduate, graduate, and associate degree programs. Parsons houses five schools, including the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Art, Media, and Technology, the School of Constructed Environments, the School of Design Strategies, and the School of Fashion.

The School of Art, Media, and Technology, offers several degree programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include BFA and MFA degrees in Design and Technology, and a BFA in Communication Design. All programs allow students to study Animation and Motion Graphics. Another program worth mentioning is the BFA in Illustration, which also allows students to study Animation and Motion Graphics.

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