List of Top Rated Animation Colleges and Universities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prospective animators need at least a bachelor's degree to work in the field of animation (''www.bls.gov''). Animation degrees are available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels and are often part of a fine arts or arts programs. Two of the country's top-rated animation colleges and universities are the University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts.
Top-Rated Colleges and Universities for Animation
1. California Institute of the Arts in Valencia
The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is one of the nation's top rated animation colleges. This school has several notable alumni, including Tim Burton and John Lasseter, who is the chief creative officer at Pixar. As of 2010, this top private school was listed as one of Princeton Review's Best Western Colleges. The School of Film/Video has a top animation design studio, which houses specialized editing computers, camera stands, testing centers and printers. Students can earn a Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation.
- Address: 24700 W. McBean Pky., Valencia, CA 91355
- Phone Number: (661) 255-1050
2. University of Southern California in Los Angeles
In 2010, this private research university was ranked as the 26th-best college in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Through the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Digital Arts. Concentrations are available in visual effects, character animation, three-dimensional computer animation and interactive animation. USC offers a graduate degree in animation and a 24-credit digital arts and animation minor.
- Address: University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
- Phone Number: (213) 740-2311
List of 20 Good Animation Colleges and Universities
|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|
|University of Utah||28,211||201 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112||(801) 581-7200|
|Drexel University||21,537||3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104||(215) 895-2000|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||15,055||One Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, New York 14623||(585) 475-2411|
|East Tennessee State University||13,646||807 University Pky., Johnson City, Tennessee 37614||(423) 439-1000|
|University of Idaho||11,791||875 Perimeter Dr., Moscow, Idaho 83844||(888) 884-3246|
|American University||11,684||4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016||(202) 885-1000|
|Southern Methodist University||10,965||6425 Boaz St., Dallas, Texas 75275||(214) 768-2000|
|Carnegie Mellon University||10,875||5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213||(412) 268-2000|
|Loyola Marymount University||9,011||One Lmu Dr., Los Angeles, California 90045||(310) 338-2700|
|Lesley University||6,690||29 Everett St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138||(617) 868-9600|
|Bradley University||5,873||1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, Illinois 61625||(309) 676-7611|
|Emerson College||4,536||120 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts 02116||(617) 824-8500|
|Elmhurst College||3,316||190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois 60126||(630) 617-3500|
|The University of the Arts||2,401||320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102||(215) 717-6000|
|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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