31. California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, California (top 15% of schools considered)

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. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Entertainment Art/Animation.

3232. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (top 15% of schools considered)

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic is a collection of five schools offering more than 145 programs to a population of 7,028 students. The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) is home to five academic departments including Arts, Cognitive Science, Communication and Media, Economics, and Science and Technology Studies (STS). The Department of Communication and Media (C&M), in collaboration with the Department of Arts, offers a BS in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC). The EMAC program offers a Concentration in Digital Storytelling (Animation, Video, Game Design). The Department of Arts offers a BS in Electronic Art (BS EART) with a Concentration in Visual Arts & Animation as well. 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute also offers several advanced degree programs for aspiring animators. Graduate offerings include MFA and PhD degrees in Electronic Art (EART). Also offered through the Department of Arts, both degree programs allow students to explore areas of interest ranging from Animation and Communication Technologies to Gaming. 

3333. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Maryland (top 15% of schools considered)

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest degree-granting college of art in the nation. Founded in 1826 and home to 1,863 students, MICA offers more than 80 BFA, MA, MFA, and MPS degree programs. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in  Animation and an integrated BFA degree in Animation and Humanistic Studies. Many MICA animation graduates choose to continue their studies. Popular graduate options include an MFA in Illustration or Filmmaking, or a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in The Business of Art and Design.

3434. Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida (top 20% of schools considered)

With a history that dates back to 1823 and more than 40,000 students, Florida State University (FSU) is the oldest and largest school in the State University System of Florida. The school houses 16 colleges offering more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs. The College of Motion Picture Arts at FSU offers several programs for aspiring animators including a BFA in Motion Picture Arts – Animation and Digital Arts, and The Torchlight Program.

The Torchlight Program gives FSU animation students, with an interest in freelancing or starting their own studios, the opportunity to learn about “current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry,” says FSU. The program offers coursework in key areas such as Distribution, Marketing, and Motion Picture Financing.

35. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California (top 20% of schools considered)

The Art Center College of Design was established in 1930. The school is home to 1,829 students enrolled in more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate programs from Advertising to Transportation Design. In Fall 2015, the Art Center College of Design plans to launch a brand new program for aspiring animators—Entertainment Design with a Track in Character Animation. The program, which also offers a Track in Concept Design, leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Entertainment Design.

3636. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MCAD) Boston, Massachusetts (top 20% of schools considered)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) was founded in 1873 as a training institution for aspiring drawing teachers, architects, artists, and designers. Today, MassArt offers more than 20 undergraduate art programs, nearly a dozen graduate programs, and around seven certificate programs to a population of 2,000 students. The Animation Department at MassArt offers a BFA in Animation, which allows students to engage in a variety of conventional and experimental techniques such as Documentary Animation, Digitally Generated Animation, Stop Motion, and Emerging Technologies.

3737. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (top 20% of schools considered)

Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was founded in 1918 by General Harrison Gray Otis—the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Home to 1,100 students , OTIS offers more than a dozen art and design programs from Advertising Design to Sculpture. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BA in Digital Media with an Animation Major and a Digital Media Arts Certificate Program with a Specialization Track in Animation.

3838. North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina (top 20% of schools considered)

North Carolina State University (NC State) was established in 1887. The school is home to 33,989 students enrolled in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across 12 colleges and 65 departments. The College of Design, Department of Art and Design offers several programs for aspiring animators. Programs include a BFA in Art and Design with a Focus in Animation and a Master of Art + Design (Animation).

Areas of Focus for the Master’s program include Animation and Digital Storytelling, Kinect Interaction Design, Exhibit Design and Interactive Architectures, Mechatronics and Electronic Art, Computer Gaming and Serious Games, and Video (documentary, experimental, and promotional film).

39. Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts (top 20% of schools considered)

Established in 1880, Emerson College is home to around 4,500 students enrolled in more than 50 programs across several schools and departments. The School of the Arts, Department of Visual and Media Arts offers BA and BFA degrees in Visual and Media Arts with a Specialization in Animation and Motion Media. The Department also offers an MFA in Media Art. The MFA program includes the following areas of study: Computer Animation, Documentary, Experimental Media, Fiction Narrative, Installation, Interactive Art, and Sound Design.

40. California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, California (top 20% of schools considered)

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) was established in 1949. The school is home to 35,592 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across eight colleges. The College of the Arts, School of Art offers a BFA in Art with an Animation Track and MA/MFA degrees in Animation (individualized programs). The Department of Film and Electronic Arts (of The College of the Arts), offers a BA in Film and Electronic Arts with heavy Digital Arts Production and 3D Computer Animation coursework.

 

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