Top 10 Animation Schools in the U.S.
Learn about top animation schools below. Get details about program options and rankings for two profiled schools; and keep reading for a list of comparable schools also offering animation programs.
Animation college degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Two of the U.S.'s top animation schools are Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
Top U.S. Animation Schools
1. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
As of 2010, Carnegie Mellon University was among the U.S.'s top 25 colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. In 2008, Disney began a 5-year project with the university, whereby CMU would perform animation and robotics research and development to benefit Pixar Animation Studios, Disney theme parks and ESPN. Animation training is offered through the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts program, which combines a concentration from the School of Computer Science and a second specialization from the College of Fine Arts. Animation majors can take courses in game design, animation technology and art, artificial intelligence development, computer graphics, technical animation and Web applications.
2. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia
Home to a variety of animation-focused degree programs, CalArts was among Princeton Review's 2010 'Best Western Colleges'; this top-ranked animation college has also been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1972. The school's faculty are full-time professionals, and alumni include such animation notables as Henry Selick, director of James and the Giant Peach, and Eric Darnell, director of Madagascar. Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation or Experimental Animation as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation. Depending on the animation major, courses may include stop-motion, 2- and 3-dimensional computer animation, color and design, life drawing, storytelling, dialogue or sound effects.
List of Ten Good Animation Schools in the U.S.
|College/University Name||Student Population||Address||Phone Number|
|University of Central Florida||50,121||4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32816||(407) 823-2000|
|Brigham Young University||34,244||Main Campus, Provo, Utah 84602||(801) 422-4636|
|University of Southern California||33,747||University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||15,055||One Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, New York 14623||(585) 475-2411|
|Carnegie Mellon University||10,875||5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213||(412) 268-2000|
|The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University||6,690||700 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts 02215||(617) 585-6600|
|Pratt Institute||4,946||200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11205||(718) 636-3600|
|Rhode Island School of Design||2,352||Two College St., Providence, Rhode Island 02903||(401) 454-6100|
|California Institute of the Arts||1,381||24700 W. McBean Pky., Valencia, California 91355||(661) 255-1050|
|Ringling College of Art and Design||1,229||2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34234||(800) 255-7695|
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