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.

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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.

Contact Information

  • 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.

Contact Information

  • 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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