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What Are the Top Schools for a Bachelor's Degree in Animation?

Find out which schools are among the top in the U.S. for pursuing an undergraduate degree in animation. Schools are ranked based on program offerings and school rankings.

What Makes a Top Animation School?

Top animation schools often boast a diverse range of courses and a faculty of professional artists and animators. Many top schools are located in busy, urban environments.

Three Top Animation Schools

#1 - Pratt Institute in New York, NY

Students earning Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in film at the Pratt Institute can specialize in traditional animation. Pratt also is located in New York City, a city that is rich with resources for BFA graduates. Animation students may earn the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and Animation: 2-D Animation and Motion Arts Track
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and Animation: 3-D Animation Track

#2 - Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah

Brigham Young University (BYU) offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Animation. Additionally, computer science students can complete a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in animation. The BYU Center for Animation has produced several award-winning projects and earned several College Television Awards and Student Academy Awards. The animation program offers a range of courses in animated filmmaking, from digital animation to the fundamentals of screenwriting. BYU was ranked #66 among national universities in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. It offers this animation degree:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation

#3 - College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) confers a BFA in Animation. Character and experimental animation is a concentration in the Department of Entertainment Arts, where students also can specialize in game art or video and live action. CCS animation students have won awards at local festivals, including the VUE/DFC award for best Michigan filmmaker. CCS' degree offering in animation is as follows:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Arts: Animation Track

Other Schools With Animation Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Bennington College4-year, PrivateBennington, VT$54,000
Bradley University4-year, PrivatePeoria, IL$34,000
Becker College4-year, PrivateWorcester, MA$39,000
California College of the Arts4-year, PrivateSan Francisco, CA$49,000
Cleveland Institute of Art4-year, PrivateCleveland, OH$42,000
Columbia College-Chicago4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$27,000
Davenport University4-year, PrivateGrand Rapids, MI$18,000
DePaul University4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$40,000
East Tennessee State University4-year, PublicJohnson City, TN$9,000
Eastern Michigan University4-year, PublicYpsilanti, MI$12,500

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education