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Our 2019 ranking of the top animation school program in Idaho. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Founded in 1889, University of Idaho serves nearly 17,300 students at the Moscow campus and around 1,910 students at its Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls campuses. The school offers more than 300 degrees for undergraduate and graduate students through 10 colleges. The College of Art and Architecture offers a BS in Virtual Technology and Design (VTD) that the school says teaches students to create virtual technologies for animated films, gaming, simulations, business and education, and other applications “while studying art and design, computer science, animation, storytelling and much more.”
The 120 credit hour program highlights courses such as Advanced Modeling, Advanced Interactive Technologies, Advanced Lighting and Materials, Drawing as Design Thinking, Integrated Design Process, Interactive Technologies, Virtual Design, Visual Effects, and World Building. Students may choose a number of directed electives, which allows them to develop an emphasis area or breadth in a supporting discipline.
The program culminates in the Senior Capstone and Senior Experience. Students will graduate with “valuable practical experience” and an “established portfolio of personal design work.” Graduates are prepared to seek positions in animation and game design, film, advertising, digital art, motion graphics, and more.