What are the top Mexican schools with animation degree programs?

Top Animation Schools in Mexico - 2024 College Rankings
1Tecnológico de MonterreyMonterrey
2Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital ArteMexico City

Our 2024 rankings of the top animation degree programs in Mexico. 

For this ranking we only consider formal degree programs (bachelor's degree or equivalent). For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here

1. Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Tec) has a Digital Arts BA program that features internship opportunities, study abroad experiences, and sixteen disciplinary concentrations. Students also have the option to add an additional specialization by selecting from areas such as Social Innovation; Design, Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship; Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Tools; and Conscious Business.

Examples of disciplinary concentrations include Stop Motion; Video Game Design; Film Studies; Arts and Tech Incubator; Illustration and Sequential narrative; Sound Design and Post-Production; Film Production and Direction; Media Experimental Creation; and Entrepreneurship in the Creative and Cultural Industries. 

All Digital Arts BA students at Tecnológico de Monterrey will take courses such as Fundamentals of Animation; Drawing; History of Animation; Introduction to 3D; Creative Immersion and Experimentation; Semiotics and Contemporary Narratologies; User Experience and Interfaces; Conceptual Art; Audiovisual Narrative; Fundamentals of Interaction; Digital Modeling and Sculpture; Creative Writing in the Digital Era; and Installation Art. 

In the third semester of the program, Tec Digital Arts students will  produce a film across two courses including Pre-Production of Animated Short Film and Animated Short Film Production. The last of the program focuses on the final digital art project and professional development electives. 

Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue positions in Mexico and abroad at animation and film studios, game design studios, production companies, television studios, and creative agencies. Program alumni also go on to work outside of the entertainment industry in areas such as art education, scientific visualization, legal animation, learning and development (L&D), architecture, and medical animation. 

Founded in 1943, Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private, non-profit independent institution that serves 90,000 students enrolled in pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs across 26 campuses. Tecnológico de Monterrey has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1950.

2. Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital Arte

Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital Arte houses Escena Animation Studio (ESA) where students can produce short films in collaboration with peers and studio professors. Because the space operates like a professional studio, students will experience what its like to produce professional productions in a fast-paced, demanding environment. ESA also provides opportunities for students to join the studio as production assistants. Participating in ESA is voluntary. 

In addition to ESA, the degree programs at Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital Arte allow students to create professional animated films, games, and comics as part of the curriculum. For artists seeking careers in animation, the school has a Digital Animation bachelor's degree program that covers the entire animation production pipeline in the first year. Students will also take courses such as Narrative; Digital Tools; 3D Platform; Drawing and illustration; and Storyboards. 

In the second year of the program, EAS Digital Animation students can select a focus area such as Character and Creature Modeling; Rigging; Traditional Animation; Lighting; Environment Creation; Digital Cinematography; Texturing; and Look Development. Students in all focus areas will take courses such as 3D Animation (multiple topics); Lighting and Rendering; 3D Modeling and Animation; Organic Modeling; Animatable Controls; Visual Effects (VFX); Character Sims/Face Controls; Textures; and Art Fundamentals. 

The EAS Digital Animation program culminates with a collaborative project in the form of animated film or a video game. Graduates will enter the job market with a portfolio of their best work. Program alumni are prepared to pursue roles in the entertainment industry, game design and development, and advertising, among others. 

Escena Escuela de Animación y Digital Arte was established in 2010. The school provides bachelor's degree programs in 2D and 3D animation, comics, illustration, concept art, and screenwriting. Programs at EAS have Recognition of Official Validity of Studies (RVOE) before the Ministry of Public Education.