What is the top animation school program in Arkansas for 2023?

Top Arkansas Animation School Program - 2023 College Rankings
1University of Arkansas - Fort SmithFort Smith

Our 2023 ranking -our twelfth annual- of the top animation school program in Arkansas. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Fort Smith

The College of Business and Industry at University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS) has two pathways to study animation—the Computer Graphic Technology AAS and the Animation Technology BS (BSAT). The AAS is a two-year program that has a Digital Design (Animation) Option that explores areas such as storyboarding, modeling, design, and visualization. Course examples include 3D Visualization, Photoshop Applications, Engineering Graphics, Digital Design, and Digital Layout. Students in this 60 credit hour program will have opportunities to complete an internship with UAFS partners such as Gerdau, Mike Alexander Dies, and Tim A. Risely & Associates.

The BSAT at  University of Arkansas Fort Smith is an advanced program designed for students who have completed the AAS or an AAT degree. Students who have completed at least 45 credit hours toward the degree may also apply. Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), BSAT consists of 120 credit hours of study. Examples of upper level courses include Motion for Applied Animation, Lighting and Rendering, Computer Color Applications, Digital Production Techniques, and 3D Advanced Concepts.

Other BSAT Program benefits include hands-on learning, small class sizes, and internship opportunities with local and national companies.

The UAFS Animation Technology BS Program culminates with the Senior Capstone Project. Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of roles in animation, visual effects (VFX), games, and other media. Program alumni work in industries such as Film and Video, Video Game Design, Advertising and Marketing, Multimedia Design, Architecture, Science, Computer System Design, Law, and Medicine.

University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS) was established in 1928. The school serves approximately 7,000 students enrolled in more than 100 career-based degree and certificate programs across he Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business and Industry; and Health, Education, and Human Sciences. University of Arkansas Fort Smith is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).