What is the top animation school program in New Mexico for 2023?

Top New Mexico Animation School Program - 2023 College Rankings
1New Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces

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

1. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
New Mexico State University

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University (NM State or NMSU) houses the Creative Media Institute (CMI), home to the Bachelor of Creative Media (BCM) Program. Students in this program can study animation by adding an Emphasis in Animation & Visual Effects (BCM-ANVE), an ANVE Minor, or a Graphics and Animation Certificate. A Creative Media Certificate is also available.

The CMI also has a Digital Filmmaking Program a (BCM) that provides a number of animation electives. Leading to a BCM in Filmmaking, the program requires 27 elective credits of study, which allows students to focus their studies in animation. Examples of elective options include History of Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Business of Filmmaking/Animation, Writing for Animation, Visual Effects, Screenwriting, and Editing.

The Animation & Visual Effects BCM is a 120 credit hour, cross-disciplinary program with two focus options: 2D Production Studio and 3D & Visual Effects (VFX) Production Studio. Students in both areas will explore animation, digital filmmaking, and digital arts. Course examples include 2D Compositing & FX, Advanced 2D Animation, Character Design and Development, Rigging for Animation, Script Development and Storyboarding, Motion Capture Techniques, Drawing for Animation, and Visual Effects.

BCM-ANVE and BCM Digital Filmmaking students have access to state-of-the-art animation and post-production labs, production spaces, a digital projection screening room, motion capture lab, the Tool Crib, and THX sound mixing theatre. All students are eligible to enter their films or animated productions into the Las Cruces International Film Festival. Entry is free for NMSU students.

Graduates of the Animation Programs at New Mexico State University are prepared for careers in animation, film and television advertising, and game design, among others.

Founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College, New Mexico State University is New Mexico’s land-grant institution and a NASA Space Grant College. Consisting of five campuses, NM State serves 23,365 students, including approximately 13,900 at the Las Cruces—the system’s largest campus. More than 100 programs are offered across seven colleges and a graduate school at Las Cruses. New Mexico State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1926.