21. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 10% of schools considered)
The University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas) was established as a member of the University of Texas System in 1969. The school is home to 23,095 students enrolled in 133 academic programs across seven schools. The Department of Arts and Technology (ATEC) of the School of Arts and Humanities is home to more than 1,100 students and it offers several programs for aspiring animators at all degree levels. Offerings include a BA in Arts and Technology (BA ATEC), an MA in Arts and Technology (MA ATEC), an MFA in Arts and Technology (MFA ATEC), and a PhD Arts and Technology (PhD ATEC).
22. Animation Mentor, Online (top 10% of schools considered)
Animation Mentor, the Online Animation School, was founded in 2005. More than 5,000 students from over 105 countries attend Animation Mentor, which offers a variety of immersive animation programs and workshops. Offerings include the Classic Animation Track, which includes six 12-week classes, and several 12-week workshops including Creature Animation: Locomotion; Creature Animation: Fight or Flight, and Maya Workshop: Animation Basics. Animation Mentor offers a Certificate of Completion to students who choose to take all six classes offered in Classic Animation.
23. Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Hollywood, California (top 15% of schools considered)
Gnomon School of Visual Effects was established in 1997. It is home to more than 100 students enrolled in variety of computer graphics classes and programs. Offerings for aspiring animators include one, two, and three-year programs leading to a Certificate. Programs include Entertainment Design (One-Year Track), Digital Production for Entertainment (Two-Year Program), Entertainment Design and Digital Production (Three-Year Program), and Maya Fast Track (10-Week Program). Gnomon also offers a variety of online courses ranging from Character Animation to Games Tools and Techniques.
24. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (top 15% of schools considered)
Founded in 1866 as the Chicago Academy of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is home to 3,519 students enrolled in more than 25 programs. SAIC’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department (FVNMA) offers several programs for aspiring animators including a BFA and MFA in Studio with a Concentration Animation, and a Certificate in Studio.
25. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (top 15% of schools considered)
DePaul University was established in 1898. It is the country’s largest Catholic University and it is home to 23,799 students enrolled in more than 300 programs of study across 10 colleges and schools. The College of Computing and Digital Media offers animation programs at all degree levels. Undergraduate offerings include a BA, BFA and Minor in Animation. Graduate offerings include MA and MFA degrees in Animation.
In addition to a variety of animation programs, DePaul University offers a Game, Cinema and Animation Summer Academy for future animation students. According to the Academy, the week-long program features “hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology.” Academy participants have the opportunity to focus on 3D Computer Modeling and Animation for games and cinema, Computer Game Development, and Digital Cinema Production.
26. The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School), Orlando, Florida (top 15% of schools considered)
The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School is a 35,000 square foot facility located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida. The school offers Certificate programs in Visual Effects Production and Game Production. The 12-month Visual Effects program covers Animation Fundamentals, Modeling and Sculpting, Visual Effects, and Studio Production. Animation Fundamentals along with Digital Modeling and Sculpting are also covered in the 15-month Game Production program.
27. Woodbury University, Burbank, California (top 15% of schools considered)
Woodbury University was founded in 1884. It has two campuses—one in Burbank, the other in San Diego. The school is home to 1,552 students enrolled in more than 20 programs across three schools including the School of Architecture, the School of Business, and the School of Media, Culture and Design. The School of Media, Culture and Design offers a BFA in Animation.
28. San Jose State University San Jose, California (top 15% of schools considered)
Founded in 1857, San Jose State University (SJSU) is a public university that sits on a 154-acre campus in downtown San Jose. The school is home to 31,906 students enrolled in 144 degree programs across seven colleges. The College of Humanities and the Arts, Department of Design offers a BFA in Animation/Illustration.
29. Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond, Washington (top 15% of schools considered)
DigiPen Institute of Technology was founded in 1988. It is home to around 1,028 students from all 50 states and 45 countries. Digipen offers 10 graduate and undergraduate programs in the areas of Art, Design, and Computer Science. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Digital Art and Animation.
30. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California (top 15% of schools considered)
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was established in 1911. This Catholic college is home to 9,395 students enrolled in more than 160 programs across seven colleges and schools. The School of Film and Television is home to LMUs Animation Program. In addition to liberal arts courses, the BA in Animation includes coursework in 2D and 3D, Visual Effects, Stop-Motion, Experimental Animation, and Game Design.