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Animation Schools and Colleges

If you want to become a animator this page should be your first stop. Below is a list of animation schools and colleges in your area that you should check out, just click on a school and fill out the form to receive a brochure from the animation school or college. The following list of colleges and universities would help someone in their pursuit of a career in 2D animation or in 3D animation. The list is dedicated to schools that many animation studios feel caters to technical direction and to the more artistic field of character animation.

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Digital Media Arts College

Digital Media Arts College

The BFA program in Animation focuses on the preparation of the artist to meet the challenges of tomorrow's production workplace. Through a strong foundation in traditional visual and performance arts, students develop their digital content creation skills within a classical framework. During this program students study foundation art skills; including illustration, painting, photography, sculpture and film making, as the prerequisites to an equally diversified animation core curriculum.

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Schools that offer classes for Aspiring Animators

School/College Programs Offered Locations Contact Information
DeVry University
Bachelor's in Game and Simulation Programming
DeVry's Game and Simulation Programming curriculum prepares graduates to join the private and public sector game software industry in a variety of software development roles across the game programming life cycle, including programmer, software engineer and project coordinator. Applications-oriented, the program provides preparation in the math and physics of games; programming fundamentals; game design; modifications (MOD) and massively multi-player online game (MMOG) programming; two- and three-dimensional graphics programming; and simulation and game engine design. Also included is a full complement of general education courses, recommended by game industry experts as critical for well-rounded development team members.
80+ locations and Online
ITT Technical Institute
The Digital Entertainment and Game Design program in the School of Drafting and Design at the ITT Technical Institutes can help graduates prepare for career opportunities in a variety of entry-level positions involving the technology associated with the design and development of digital games and multimedia applications. Courses in this program offer a foundation in digital game design through the study of subjects such as gaming technology, game design process, animation, level design and general education coursework.

Graduates of this program may pursue entry-level career opportunities in a number of different digital entertainment and game design companies. Job functions may include working in a team to design, develop, test and produce video games, or create animations and 3D scenes for use in video games.
Over 90 locations nationwide in over 30 states.

Digital Media Arts College
Learn from industry experts from leading companies such as SEGA, ImageWorks, Disney, and more. We're one of the United States' most technologically equipped digital artist colleges. We have the tools and techniques to empower your creative career.

Take classes in artist-designed labs and facilities. Learn from experts in digital artistry. Work with industry-standard animation tools, 3D software, and imaging technologies. All at DMAC.
Boca Raton, FL Digital Media Art College
3785 N Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Collins College
Bachelor - Game Design
The curriculum in our Game Design Program is designed to equip you with game essentials like C++, Java, 3ds max and AI (Artificial Intelligence) so you can make your quest-driven concept a game reality. Your education in Game Design can take you from game research and planning, character development and storytelling, all the way through level design, modeling programming and project management. It takes more than imagination to be a game designer, and we can help you to take your ideas from concept to completion and beyond.

BA Visual Art w/ Game Art Major
As a student, you can learn to create characters and settings that bring a game to life. You can learn the fundamentals of sound design for game projects and explore the workflow concepts behind the art department of a major game studio. You can visualize a concept and acquire the computer skills necessary to render it in 3D.

Enroll in this exciting Visual Arts degree program with a major in Game Art and you'll take classes such as Creative Visualization, Audio for Gaming, Game Design Project Management, 3D Studio Max® 1, and 3D Modeling. Computer labs, traditional animation labs, photo/video labs, and a photography studio lab are available to students who choose this Visual Arts degree program. In approximately 31 months, you can earn a degree to help you enter today's workforce as a Game Designer.
Tempe, AZ Collins College
1140 S. Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281
International Academy of Design and Technology
Bachelor - Computer Animation
An artful blend of creative vision and technology, computer animators work in 3-D to bring their imagination to life. Animators can specialize in motion, feature films, materials, and more. Our new motion capture studio will give you the opportunity to train on the same equipment that's used in major motion pictures. The computer animation program is designed to teach you how to develop drawing skills and combine them with storytelling in the digital realm to acquire the skills you need to help you enter the field of computer animation.

Bachelor - Visual Communications: Game Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (Game Design) is designed to provide training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2D and 3D computer games. Students can learn design software; modeling and animation skills, networking principles, level and world editors, and game engines used to design and develop games, and will examine market research and business concepts related to game production and distribution processes. Project management, creative design, and communication skills are integrated throughout this dynamic curriculum to help prepare students for entry-level positions in the game design industry.
Chicago, IL
Troy, MI
Henderson, NV
Nashville, TN
Orlando, FL
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
Schaumburg, IL
Tukwila, WA
Tampa, FL
International Academy of Design and Technology
The Art Institute Online
Animation Program
Animation involves bringing artwork and characters to life with such precision that they truly seem real. Animation is part acting, part storytelling, and part visual art - it's a mix of both electronic arts and traditional animation skills. You'll study methods to create realistic movement in 3-D digital environments, and collaborate within a team environment to gain practical experience. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as 3-D character animator, modeler, and storyboarder.

Game Art & Design Program
Graduates are prepared to enter the Game Art and Design field as modelers, storyboard artists, animation artists, 3-D illustrators, digital artists, FX artists, video post-production artists, and broadcast graphics designers, as well as game designers. Learn what it takes to produce great art and design and use the skill to create applications used by the business, education, training and entertainment industries.

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Online Programs and more than 40 locations across the US The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
1400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mt. Sierra College
Students enrolling in Visual Effects and Digital Video degree program will, during the first nine quarters of enrollment, explore the foundations of media arts and design. Based upon a greater understanding of and exposure to the many opportunities that exist within media arts and design, students entering the tenth quarter will take courses in their specialty of Multimedia Arts and Design, Visual Effects and Digital Video, or Graphic Design.

Foundation courses, taken during Quarters 1-9, prepare students in the following areas: design, drawing, digital illustration, typography, storytelling, animation, sound, web authoring, logo design, interactive design, digital video, motion graphics, 3-D design, business marketing, and general education.

Monrovia, CA
Mt. Sierra College
101 E. Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Westwood College Online
Programs Offered:
Animation (B)
Animation is an exciting, innovative field – and growing, too, thanks to the ongoing technology explosion. Potential career paths include television, film, online and computer gaming. Working professionals will ground you in software such as 3D Max, Maya and the full Adobe suite, with the majority of your core contact hours delivered via hands-on lab training. And you’ll graduate with a final student portfolio to showcase your skills to potential employers. Not all programs available at all campuses.

Game Art (B)
Conceptual art… character modeling… game testing. Game art is a diverse and growing 21st century career field. Game artists are essential to the development and creation of visual content for the booming video game industry. And with hands-on training in software such as 3DMax, Maya and Flash under the guidance of our faculty of working professionals, you’ll launch your career with in-demand skills and knowledge. Not all programs available at all campuses.

Game Software Development (B)
Behind every Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and PC game is a game software developer. Prepare for a career in programming and creating games with a Westwood degree in game software development. Our faculty of working professionals will share real-world experiences and insights while mentoring you in hands-on labs, in building a student portfolio and creating a complete working game to share when applying for a job. Not all programs available at all campuses.

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Westwood College
Laurus College

3D Animation Certificate Program

This program introduces students to the world of 3D animation. Students will focus on the techniques and methods for creating 3D animation and effects using the industry standard software Maya. Maya software is one of the world's most powerfully integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solutions in the video game design and development industry today. Film and video artists, video game developers, web designers, and print designers turn to Maya software to realize their creative vision.

Using this software, students will explore ways to model, texture, animate, and render creative environments. Students will work in both 2D and 3D, creating characters with realistic motion in everyday life. In this program students work with industry standard software to gain valuable skills in the video game design and development industry. Students in this certificate program will work to create a portfolio that showcases their creativity and their skills.

Atascadero, CA

San Luis Obispo, CA

Santa Maria, CA
Laurus College
81 Higuera Street,
Suite 110
San Luis Obispo, CA
Living Arts College


Students around the world look to this boutique-like, creative animation school for a highly specialized education. They excel with their real-world production experience including:

  • Go beyond theory and assignments ... to real world production
  • Gain core animation modeling skill sets
  • Move to essential animation keyframing ... and beyond with real content
  • Expand production know-how into GAMING PRODUCTION
  • Add dynamic MOTION GRAPHICS experience for special /FX
  • Enjoy a special advantage with advanced INTERNET PRODUCTION KNOW-HOW
  • Find out why Living Arts College Animation Graduates have the CREATIVE ADVANTAGE
Raleigh, NC Living Arts College
3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
Rasmussen College

Digital Design and Animation Bachelor Degree

Creative. Visionary. Insightful. These are all descriptions of a good candidate for the Digital Design and Animation specialization student. Students will take courses in drawing, design, art theory, and 3-D arts and animation. Plus, students will have the opportunity to create art projects both digitally and by hand. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as a graphic designer, a video game artist, and illustrator, or in an advertising career.
Online Rasmussen College
Platt College

Bachelor's Degree in 3D Animation

Platt College School of Graphic Design's Bachelors degree program in Visual Communication helps you build the skills you need to start an exciting new career. You choose to specialize in either Web Design or 3D Animation. Both specializations are dynamic and will provide graduates with skills necessary to be effective in careers in these popular and ever expanding industries.

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication (BAVC) develops professionals who take concepts and then create visual imagery by employing type, illustration, sound, music, photography, and animation. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication degree program will produce a professional portfolio that will make them viable candidates for employment in the myriad of industries related to visual communication. Past graduates have found successful employment as animators, computer animators, digital media producers, special effects artists, background designers, computer artists, layout artists, and video game artists.

Alhambra, CA
Ontario, CA
Platt College
1000 South Fremont Ave,
Suite A9W
Alhambra, CA 91803
Vancouver College of Art and Design

3D Modeling Animation Art and Design

The Canadian animation industry continues to grow and thrive. This evolving industry demands talented individuals who have the most up-to-date training on the latest technology and software. If you're looking to enter this exciting industry, VCAD has the program for you.

Our 3D Modeling Animation Art and Design diploma program teaches you the knowledge and skills you need to successfully compete in the computer generated animation industry. The program harnesses the talent of industry-leading professionals to teach the theory and techniques used in three dimensional animation art and design.
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Vancouver College of Art & Design
1111 Melville St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 3V6
Cogswell Polytechnical College

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Art and Animation

Digital Arts and Animation offers students preparation in four concentration areas: 3D Animation, Entertainment Design, Game Design, and 3D Modeling. The coursework bridges traditional and digital arts classes and includes solid components of theory, production, and general education. Digital Arts and Animation project classes provide many opportunities for collaborations with other programs at Cogswell, including Digital Audio Technology and Digital Arts Engineering. The Portfolio classes provide a format for bringing together all of the elements of the concept to delivery pipeline as students collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to complete real world projects.

Cogswell Polytechnical College
1175 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Madison Media Institute
Madison Media Institute

Game Art and Animation program

The Game Art and Animation program prepares students for entry-level positions in the computer game and animation field. These positions are typically found in video game production studios, visual effects houses, TV production studios, and computer animation studios.

To prepare for a career in art and production in a video game studio, visual effects studio, or animation studio Madison Media Institute students are grounded in the principles of 3D computer graphics, modeling, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering, compositing, as well as traditional art skills. Graduates of the program will be positioned to enter the industry with expertise in all the standard studio tools. Students will learn how to build 3D models, animate characters and bring them into computer games using the state of the art computer game engine, Unreal III by Epic. Additional courses will give students a strong foundation in cinematography, performance driven story, and real and virtual world lighting techniques.

Students will work with the latest generation of video game development software including Autodesk's Maya, Motion Builder, and Mudbox as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects and Premiere. Additionally, students will learn how to use the revolutionary ZBrush modeling and texturing tool. As students progress through the program, they can concentrate on selected skill sets to prepare them as modelers, character animators and technical animators. Mentored directly by industry professionals, students will learn highly desirable traits and skills.

A highlight of the program will be firsthand experience in a working motion capture (Mocap) facility. Students will edit and integrate Mocap data, their own character and environment models and key frame animation into a working game.

The Game Art and Animation program includes a well rounded set of general studies, team building and job preperation course work. Graduates will leave with a complete portfolio which will include a game level, demo reel, website and DVD tailored to their artistic style and allow them to stand out from the crowd.

Madison, WI

Minneapolis, MN
Madison Media Institute
2702 Agriculture Drive
Madison, WI 53718
Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts

3D Animation

Learn the skills necessary to become a 3D artist and animator with the 3D Animation + Interactive Media Certificate. This cross-curriculum program integrates multiple aspects of 2D and 3D art, interactive media and animation with professional experience. You'll get hands-on training in modeling, design, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering for 3D design. Using Autodesk Maya, the leading 3D software tool for professionals, and web applications such as Adobe Flash, you'll work on a variety of projects: from product illustration and architectural visualization to character animation and web media presentation. When you finish the 3D Animation program, you'll leave with a portfolio and demo reel complete with 3D models, textures and animations to showcase your new skills.

Waltham, MA

Washington, DC
Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
Mt. Sierra College

Visual Effects & Digital Video

The Visual Effects and Digital Video student is seriously playful. Professionals in the visual effects and digital video field cut through the clutter and deliver a lot of information in a short amount of time. Visual Effects & Digital Video is design in motion.

The curriculum of the Visual Effects & Digital Video program prepares students with the technological and design foundations to develop a digital portfolio worthy of entry-level positions. These roles support the demands of television, film, the Internet, and a myriad of other media outlets that rely on animated graphic design and seamlessly composited digital video. The program meets its mission by providing students with aesthetic and design awareness, technical skills and lifelong learning strategies that will assist them in launching their careers.

With a concentration in Visual Effects and Digital Video, students will explore the world of sound, digital video, advanced 3-D principles, and electives that will round out a strong expertise in visual effects and digital video.

Visual Effects & Digital Video graduates are prepared for a variety of challenging careers, including Production Artist Designer, Visual Effects Specialist, Broadcast Designer, Digital Artist, Camera Operator, and Production Assistant.

Monrovia, CA
Mt. Sierra College
American Career Institute
American Career Institute

Digital Gaming Design Training

If you have a love for technology, video game design and 3-D animation, our Digital Gaming Design program is just for you!

Our training allows students to use their creativity and technology skills to turn design hobbies into a career. We provide you with the latest training and equipment at our Maryland and Massachusetts game design schools. That's why we offer you the latest in hands-on video game design technology training.

Once you enroll in Digital Gaming Design at ACI you'll learn a valuable foundation in graphic design and move into 3-D animation and character and object development. Our 3-D and game designer program allows you to learn how to create three-dimensional worlds with animated characters for today's most popular gaming platforms.

The ACI Digital Gaming Design program introduces you to a variety of exciting careers, such as:

  • •Video game designer
  • •Particle systems artist
  • •3-D animator
  • •3-D effects artist
  • •Plus many more

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Digital Game Design jobs are expected to grow by 29% through 2018.* Now is the time to break into this popular career!

Cambridge, MA American Career Institute
Keiser University
American Career Institute

Video Game Design Major

Program Description

Keiser University's Associate of Science in Video Game Design presents the processes and skills required to perform game design and development. Students are immersed in creative and conceptual areas such as character development, 3-D modeling and animation, game documentation, game balance, interactive story telling and interface development.

Design program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University's mission and its objectives.

To develop a student's ability to demonstrate knowledge of computer-based 3-D modeling, animation theory and techniques, level design and architecture, texturing and lighting

To prepare graduates for jobs as entry-level game programmers, modelers, animators, level designers, texture mappers and story developers

To develop a student's ability to think critically and communicate effectively

To assist students with development of programming languages and game engines

Daytona Beach, FL Keiser University
Coleman University

Game Programming Development and Design

Offered at the San Diego campus.

This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the area of computer game programming, development, and design.

The successful graduate will be able to effectively apply standard programming concepts, including sound and graphics, in a console/computer game setting; create and utilize a framework for designing console/computer games; build and animate three-dimensional models; and apply the preceding as part of a group to create a comprehensive one-level game.

These objectives will provide our graduates with a firm grasp of the skills, knowledge, and abilities that are demanded by businesses in the computer/console gaming industry. Students will combine back-end programming and networking solutions with realistic multimedia interaction to satisfy the consumer's demand for exceptional game-playing experiences.

San Diego, CA Coleman University
8888 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA
CDI College

3D Modeling Animation Art & Design

There is growing demand for skilled 3D modelers and animators for film, TV, and video game design. CDI's 3D Modeling Animation Art & Design program gives you a solid foundation in the artistic and technical skills you need to thrive in these competitive industries.

The program teaches key concepts like video game design programs, 3D modeling software, colour theory, life drawing, and other design fundamentals. Students will put their skills to use in the the production and animation of lighting, texturing, characters, layout and design. Graduates of this program will have built a strong portfolio that they can use to launch their careers in animation and design.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of CGI based industries.

"The staff in Employment Services was very supportive and made sure that the students had the ability to produce a strong resume and to perform a thorough job search. Overall, I would recommend this college to anyone because of the high standards set by all staff." - Patrick S. CDI College graduate

Job Opportunities

Game development companies
Computer animation studios
Special effects and post-production
Industrial design firms
Software producers

Pointe-Claire, QC CDI College
Pointe-Claire, QC
Ex'pression College
for Digital Arts

Digital Visual Media Program
Ex'pression Digital Visual Media Program is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills through an intensive series of courses that cover a wide spectrum of digital visual media including 3D modeling and animation, texture and lighting, compositing, digital film and video effects, creating graphics for the Internet and more. You will gain experiential knowledge through extensive lab time using multiple hardware platforms. A one-to-one (student-to-machine) lab ratio allows you to individually explore the intricacies of a wide variety of graphics software.

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Emeryville , CA Ex'pression College for Digital Arts
6601 Shellmound St.
Emeryville , CA 94608
Entertainment Design
The film and game industries aren't what they used to be. Thanks to the nonstop advances in modern technology, CG films are on the rise, the game universe is rapidly expanding and the entire field of visual entertainment is being blown wide open. It's a world of endless possibility, and illustrators are suddenly finding themselves playing a major role in shaping its future. They are now an integral part of the creative process, collaborating with writers and directors to create entire worlds for games, and their visionary ideas are a driving force behind the inception and creation of films. Art Center is on the cutting edge of these exciting changes. Anticipating rapid changes in today's entertainment industry, the College recenlty restructured its Film and Illustration Departments. The Illustration Department now specializes in two entertainment tracks - the Arts Track and the newly-launched Entertainment Design Track. Students learn to work in a collaborative environment, to see the big picture and to fully understand the new interdisciplinary way of filmmaking. The world is changing fast, and Art Center is providing the talent and resources to not only keep up, but to raise the visual bar to new levels.

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Pasadena, California Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Savannah College of Art and Design
SCAD animation program
The SCAD animation program has been ranked among the top three animation programs in North America by 3D World magazine.

Industry-standard Tools
Including After Effects, Premiere, Flipbook, Flash and Dreamweaver; Autodesk Maya; Anime Studio; Apple Shake; and Pixar RenderMan. School of Film and Digital Media resources also include a Vicon motion capture system.

SCAD, Savannah, Gary Goldman, animationGary Goldman is Winter Quarter Guest Animation Faculty Member Legendary animator Gary Goldman, best known for his work on such animated classics as “The Secret of N.I.M.H.” (1982) and “All Dogs Go To Heaven” (1989), and the video games “Dragon's Lair” (1983) and “Space Ace” (1983), will join SCAD as artist-in-residence, teaching traditional 2-D animation.
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Savannah, GA Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31402
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Johns Hopkins University
Multimedia & Web Design, 3D Design, Animation Design

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Baltimore, MD
Columbia, MD
Johns Hopkins University Request a Brochure >
Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)offers certificate programs in Computer Graphics. One area of concentration is in Computer Animation and Video. It is for students who wish to pursue careers in film , entertainment, special effects, game design and broadcast design. Study focuses on the creation and design of time-based media. Choose to focus on a variety of areas, including 2D and 3D animation,including traditional animation, digital video, and broadcast design. Students study the choreography and design of complex animated sequences, with topics including creation of titling sequences, editing, compositing, modeling, rendering, and animation. Final projects are edited to form a demo reel portfolio.
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New York, NY Pratt Institute
144 West 14th St.
Room 209
New York, NY

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AGA Digital Studios, Inc.
Character Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art, Workshops, Private Training.
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Schaumburg, IL AGA Digital Studios, Inc.
1305 Wiley Road
Schaumburg, IL

847-755-4488 Request a Brochure >
University of Texas at Dallas
Arts and Technology

Cartooning, Character Animation, Experimental Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Multimedia/Games, Web Graphics/Design, Web Animation, Performance Animation, Animation History/Theory.
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Richardson, TX University of Texas at Dallas
Arts and Technology

POB 830688, JO 31
Richardson, TX

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Natcoll Design Technology
Natcoll is a design school based in New Zealand. Natcoll offers a range of courses and qualifications for creative digital arts, including the video editing courses, 3D animation courses and other digital video courses needed to launch a successful career as an animator.

Diploma of Animation and Digital Video

Natcoll's Diploma of Animation and Digital Video gives students the skills needed to produce 3D animation videos, from storytelling techniques to post-production. Students learn on state-of-the-art equipment and software. This digital media course is ideal for gaining cursory knowledge of the digital animation industry.

Diploma of Animation (Advanced)

The Diploma of Animation (Advanced) is designed to develop the creative and technical skills needed to succeed in the animation industry. The course teaches creative skills such as character development and storyboarding as well as technical skills to create 3D modelling, special effects and animation. This animation diploma is ideal for anyone trying to pursue a career in 3D or 2D animation.

Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch in New Zealand Natcoll Design Technology
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch in New Zealand

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