3131. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California

California College of the Arts (CCA) was founded in 1907 and it is home to 1,968 students enrolled in 34 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Animation Department at CCA offers a BFA in Animation at its Oakland campus. Students can take a free shuttle between the San Francisco and Oakland campuses for access to facilities offered at both campuses.

3232. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Founded in 1876, the University of the Arts (UArts) is home to around 1,900 students enrolled 49 programs across two colleges and one division including 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 and a BFA in Film + Animation. A Minor in Animation is also available.

33. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Established in 1885, Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is home to more than 700 students enrolled in BFA degree programs in 13 areas. Offerings for aspiring animators include a BFA in Animation and a BFA in Digital Media with a Motion Graphics Concentration. According to KCAI, “motion graphics is a modern visual art form that exists at the crossroads of animation, graphic design and digital filmmaking.” This makes the BFA in Digital Media with a Motion Graphics Concentration a good fit for aspiring animators.

34. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University (SU) was founded in 1870 and it is home to approximately 21,492 students.  The University offers 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 and an MFA in Computer Art. 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.” A Minor in Animation is also available.

3535. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is an independent college of art and design with a population of approximately 550 students. Established in 1882, CIA 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 Advanced 3D Animation, Mapping, Digital Lighting, 2D/3D Compositing for Animation, 3D Texture, Concept Development, and many others.   

36. Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida

Established in 1979, Full Sail University is home to more than 16,000 students enrolled in 25 degree programs in the areas of Entertainment, Media and the Arts. The Art School at Full Sail University offers a BS in Computer Animation. This program is available online and on campus. 

37. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California

The Art Institute of California-San Francisco is a member of “The Art Institutes.” The Art Institutes (AI) is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America that offers a variety of programs in the creative and applied arts. 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.

38. Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) is a private college of more than 1,300 students from 40 states and 35 foreign countries. Founded in 1879, the school offers 10 majors, 16 minors and 12 concentrations. Programs for aspiring animators include a BA in Animation and a Minor Animation (2D or 3D). Concentration options include Animation/Experimental and Animation/Game.

3839. Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Seattle, Washington

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) was established in 1996 in Canberra, Australia. It has five campuses including Seattle, Washington, Lafayette, Louisiana and Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne Australia. One of the first colleges in the world to offer specialized training for 3D animation and video game development, AIE enrolls more than 100 students per year and offers several programs for aspiring animators. Options include an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media Specializing in 3D Animation and VFX for Film and a Certificate III in Media Specializing in 3D Animation.

3940. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) was founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. The school is home to around 1,434 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than a dozen degree programs across 14 academic departments. The Department of Entertainment Arts offers a BFA in Entertainment Art with a Concentration in Animation. All Entertainment Art students have the opportunity to customize their curriculum by taking coursework in other concentrations such as Video and Game Design.

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