41. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California (top 20% of schools considered)
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is home to 1,968 students enrolled in 21 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs. The Animation Department at CCA offers a BFA in Animation. Students enrolled in the Animation program will take courses at the Oakland campus. However, students can take a free shuttle between the San Francisco and Oakland campuses for access to facilities offered at both campuses.
42. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 20% of schools considered)
The University of the Arts (UArts) was founded in 1876. It is home to around 1,900 students enrolled in 26 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs offered through the College of Art, Media and Design, the College of Performing Arts, and the Division of Liberal Arts. The College of Art, Media and Design, School of Film offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Animation, a BFA in Film + Animation, and a Minor in Animation.
Established in 1956, the University of South Florida (USF) is home to nearly 48,000 students enrolled in 14 colleges, across three campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. The College of the Arts, School of Art and Art History offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include BA and BFA degrees in Studio Art with a Focus in Video, Animation, and Digital Arts.
44. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (top 20% of schools considered)
Purdue University was established in 1869. It is home to 38,788 students enrolled in more than 200 majors across 10 academic colleges and schools. The College of Technology offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BS in Computer Graphics Technology with a Specialization in Computer Animation, an MS in Computer Graphics Technology, and a 5-Year BS/MS in Computer Graphics Technology.
45. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri (top 25% of schools considered)
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) was established in 1885. The school is home to more than 700 students and it offers BFA degrees in 13 areas. KCAI has several offerings for aspiring animators including a BFA in Animation and a BFA in Digital Media with a Motion Graphics Concentration. The BFA in Digital Media with a Motion Graphics Concentration is a popular choice for aspiring animators because it combines key elements of Animation, Graphic Design and Digital Filmmaking.
46. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (top 25% of schools considered)
Founded in 1870, Syracuse University (SU) home to approximately 21,492 students enrolled in more than 400 programs across 12 colleges and schools and a graduate school. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Department of Transmedia offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BFA in Computer Art and Animation, an MFA in Computer Art, and a Minor in Animation. According to VPA, the MFA program is “an artistic research and development program situated in the context of technology” where students “are encouraged to develop a diverse set of practices within computer art.”
47. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (top 25% of schools considered)
Established in 1882, Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is an independent college of art and design with a population of approximately 550 students. The school offers 15 majors in the areas of Art, Craft, Design, and Interactive Media. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation. BFA students will take courses such as 2D/3D Compositing for Animation, 3D Texture, Advanced 3D Animation, Concept Development, Mapping, Digital Lighting, and many others.
48. Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida (top 25% of schools considered)
Full Sail University was established in 1979. It offers 25 degree programs in the areas of Entertainment, Media and the Arts. Home to more than 16,000 students from 50 states and 73 countries, Full Sail University awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Associate degrees as well as Graduate Certificates. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BS in Computer Animation. This program is offered through Full Sail’s Art School and it is available online and on campus.
49. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California (top 25% of schools considered)
The Art Institute of California-San Francisco is a member of a system of over 50 schools throughout North America called “The Art Institutes.” The Art Institutes offer programs in the areas of creative and applied arts at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree levels. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include a BS in Media Arts and Animation and an MFA in Computer Animation.
50. Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey (top 25% of schools considered)
Established in 1908, Montclair State University is a public institution that offers nearly 300 majors, minors, concentrations, and certificate programs to a population of 20,022 students. The University houses six colleges and schools, including a graduate school. The College of Arts, Department of Art and Design offers a variety of art and design programs, including a BFA in Animation/Illustration. BFA students may choose the Animation or Illustration Track.