Best Computer Animation Schools

Read about important considerations for choosing a school with a strong computer animation program. Review the computer animation programs at three nationally ranked schools, and find out what degrees they offer. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top College for Computer Animation?

A computer animation program should prepare you for careers in online gaming, digital advertising, film, or television and special effects. You should look for schools that are ranked highly for their fine arts, visual communication or graphic design programs. You might also seek out those schools with faculty members who are professional computer animators and who have won awards and/or accolades for their work. If graduates of a particular school have worked on films or games that you admire, or landed jobs with animation studios that you want to work for, then consider looking further into that school's degree program. Finally, you will want to look for those schools that offer top-notch studio facilities and opportunities to build a portfolio of work.

Three Top Colleges for Computer Animation

Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI

Founded in 1877, the school primarily offers a studio-based educational experience to individuals who are interested in studying the arts. According to the university, 96% of its gradates find employment within a year of graduation. The school's undergraduate program in animation and film will allow you to explore a variety of film genres, including experimental or documentary projects. It will also allow you access to Apple workstations, production suites and animation software. You can earn the following degree upon graduation:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Animation/Video

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Faculty in CMU's School of Art have received awards and grants from organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. As a student enrolled in the school's art programs, you'll have access to media presentation rooms, technical studio facilities and multipurpose classrooms. The school offers concentrations in electronic media, computational and interactive art through the following bachelor's and master's degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic and Time-Based Media
  • Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts

Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore

Maryland Institute College of Art has been recognized by Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report and other respected publications or organizations for the quality of its programs. The school primarily offers studio arts-based programs, including the following undergraduate program in animation:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation

Ten More Computer Animation Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
American UniversityPrivate, 4-yearWashington, DC$48,000
Augusta UniversityPublic, 4-yearAugusta, GA$8,000
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyPublic, 4-yearNewark, NJ$17,000
Art Center College of DesignPrivate, 4-yearPasadena, CA$43,000
California Institute of the ArtsPrivate, 4-yearValencia, CA$49,000
School of Visual ArtsPrivate, 4-yearNew York, NY$39,000
Rocky Mountain College of Art and DesignPrivate, 4-yearLakewood, CO$19,000
California College of the ArtsPrivate, 4-yearSan Francisco, CA$49,000
Pratt InstitutePrivate, 4-yearBrooklyn, NY$51,000
The Illinois Institute of ArtPrivate, 4-yearChicago, ILN/A

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

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