2121. The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School), Orlando, Florida

Located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida, The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School) is a 35,000 square foot facility that offers Certificate programs in Visual Effects Production and Game Production. The 12-month Visual Effects program covers Animation Fundamentals, Digital Modeling and Sculpting, Visual Effects, and Studio Production. Animation Fundamentals as well as Digital Modeling and Sculpting are also covered in the 15-month Game Production program.

22. Woodbury University, Burbank, California

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Woodbury University was founded in 1884. The school is home to 1,552 students enrolled in more than 20 programs across three schools. Woodbury University houses 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.

23. Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond, Washington

Founded in 1988, DigiPen Institute of Technology is home to around 1,028 enrolled in 10 programs in the areas of Art, Design, and Computer Science. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Digital Art and Animation.

2424. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a Catholic college with a population of 9,395 students. Established in 1911, Loyola Marymount offers more than 160 programs across seven colleges and schools. The School of Film and Television is home to the Animation Program. The BA in Animation features coursework in 2D and 3D, Experimental Animation, Game Design, Stop-Motion, and Visual Effects. Liberal arts courses are also a major part of the curriculum.

2525. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

Rensselaer Polytechnic was founded in 1824. It is home to 7,028 students enrolled in more than 145 programs across five schools. The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) houses 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. 

2626. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Maryland

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest degree-granting college of art in the nation. 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 animation students choose to continue their studies after completing either undergraduate program. Common graduate programs include MICA’s Illustration MFA, Filmmaking MFA, or The Business of Art and Design MPS (Master of Professional Studies).

27. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

Established in 1930, the Art Center College of Design is home to 1,829 students enrolled in more than a dozen programs from Illustration to Innovation Systems Design. The Art Center College of Design will add a new program to its collection of offerings in Fall 2015. The Entertainment Design BS will offer a Track in Character Animation. The program also offers a Track in Concept Design.

2828. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MCAD) Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is home to 2,000 students

enrolled in more than 20 undergraduate art programs, nearly a dozen graduate programs, and around seven certificate programs across several departments. The Animation Department at MassArt offers a BFA in Animation. The BFA program allows students to engage in a variety of conventional and experimental techniques such as Digitally Generated Animation, Emerging Technologies, Documentary Animation, and Stop Motion.

2929. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) is home to 1,100 students enrolled in more than a dozen art and design programs. Programs 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.

30. Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College was established in 1880 and it is home to around 4,500 students. The school offers more than 50 programs across several schools and departments. Aspiring animators will find a number of program offerings through the School of the Arts, Department of Visual and Media Arts. Programs include BA and BFA degrees in Visual and Media Arts with a Specialization in Animation and Motion Media, and an MFA in Media Art. The MFA in Media Art program includes the following areas of study: Computer Animation, Documentary, Experimental Media, Fiction Narrative, Installation, Interactive Art, and Sound Design.