The good news about game design programs in the U.S. just keeps coming, so we are excited to announce the latest developments. First, making the biggest headlines for the Fall 2017 is Bellevue University, which launched a truly unique program that combines varsity sports and video games. And then there’s Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) which, on Halloween, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of an exciting games education partnership with Harvard and MIT’s edX.
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A lot has happened in the world of animation programs over the last few weeks, so we’re eager to dive right in and report the latest developments. First, the application deadline for Indiana University’s brand new Media Honors Program has finally arrived. If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year. Next, the University of Edinburgh has introduced a new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Animation that welcomes students from abroad. And finally, Vancouver Film School (VFS) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of a unique collaborative program that leads to both a Diploma and BA in Film.
Unique Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Animation and Game Design in the Midwest (West North Central): Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
The U.S. Census Bureau says that the Midwest consists of two Divisions—East North Central and West North Central. The East North Central Division includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each Division in the Midwest region has its fair share of colleges and universities, and many of them offer exceptional art and design programs.
Can’t decide whether to major in Animation or Cinema? These days you don’t have to choose because today’s animation programs offer the opportunity to study multiple areas, so you’ll graduate with skills in more than one discipline. Students interested in Animation and Cinema may select a concentration or focus area, a minor or double major, a customized curriculum, or even a double degree. No matter which route you choose, each program will provide the education and training needed to qualify for positions in both Animation and Cinema.
The animation industry is crazy competitive these days, with more than 64,000 talented full-time artists working at studios, design firms, and creative agencies across the U.S. alone. Thousands more work part-time or independently in a range of creative industries, while others work in less common industries such as architecture, engineering, law and medicine. Though competitive and constantly evolving, students are finding ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. One way is to specialize in an in-demand area (or two).
Though the fall semester has already begun, you can still start applying to programs for Fall 2018. Besides the new game design program’s we’ve already told you about—Clemson’s MFA in Digital Production Arts (DPA), Staffordshire University’s BA in eSports, and EKU’s Minor in Game Content Creation among them, we managed to find a few others that just might take you to “another level.” We are happy to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) have launched several programs for aspiring game designers who aren’t afraid to aim high.
The fall semester is in full swing, with dozens of new animation programs welcoming hundreds of students for the very first time. Kennesaw State University welcomed its first group of Digital Animation BFA students in August and Wichita State University just opened its doors to dozens of aspiring animators who were accepted into the schools innovative Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Arts (BAA).
Our ninth seasonal contest received almost one hundred submissions with more creativity and high quality animations than we’ve ever seen before in a single season! Every season keeps getting better and better. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this contest a success. Below you will find our 2017 Make a Commercial Short Animation Contest winners.
$1,000 First Place: Roger and the Doritos by Alejandro Garcia.
The South is home to the South Atlantic Division, which consists of eight states and DC. We’ve already covered six—Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina, so now it’s time to end out coverage of the Division South with South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Beginning with South Carolina, we found that the state has its fair share of esteemed art and design schools such as the School of the Arts at College of Charleston and the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University.
Unique Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Animation and Game Design in the South (East South Central)
According to a 2016 Census Bureau report, the south is America’s most heavily populated region. The area is home to more than 122 million people and it leads the U.S. in population growth year after year. Experts say economic growth is a driving force behind the explosive population growth in the South. A recent Forbes article explains that people are moving to the south because “economic growth in the South has outpaced the rest of the country for a generation.” The southern states “generally have lower taxes, and less stringent regulations, than their primary competitors in the Northeast or on the West Coast. Indeed this year the four best states for business, according to CEO Magazine, were Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.”