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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.

Featured CG Animation School

Academy of Art University

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest accredited private art and design school. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University has nearly 16,000 students that develop the techniques and knowledge to land the art and design career of their dreams.

Students master a unique combination of artistic ability and business savvy that attracts some of the best companies in the world. Graduates go on to work at big name companies like Pixar, Disney, Sony, Yahoo, Gensler, Apple, Escada, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and many more.

Animation & Visual Effects - Certificate, AA, BFA & MFA (also available online)
Blending precise technique with digital expertise, our instructors encourage creative experimentation while teaching the fundamentals of drawing, 3D modeling and character animation. Students graduate with a jaw-dropping demo reel.

Game Design – AA, BFA, MFA
At the School of Game Design, you'll use your creativity and skills to design games that will push boundaries, delight the senses and leave the user craving more. Professional game designers will guide you through all the fundamental game art principals including game engine technology, pre-production and production environments. You will graduate with a strong portfolio that shows skill in traditional drawing and painting as well as 3D modeling.

Schools for Aspiring CG 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
Westwood College Online offers a diverse curriculum that focuses primarily on the chosen degree field and is enhanced by general education courses. Students receive a truly comprehensive education; our Game Art & Design Program teaches both Maya and 3DS Max, which allows students to work in their preferred format. Many other video game design programs teach only one of these packages. To top it all off, students get exposure to game engines through our program, and this is certainly a benefit to them.

* Conceptualizing and developing ideas for cartoons and animations

* Using life drawing and rendering techniques to develop characters, backgrounds and stories

* Creating 2D and 3D characters and animation for the Web, digital media, television, movies and software

* Utilizing the laws of motion and physics to create life-like motion for the animated characters you create

* Integrating audio and video effects to create animated features

This is just a highlight of our online animation program. Students are prepared for the challenges of a career and provided with skills to navigate the ever-changing trends in animation. Picture yourself in the creative career you have been dreaming of, and work towards that goal with the help of Westwood College Online!

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Westwood College
Expression College for Digital Arts

Animation and Visual Effects Program

Expression's Animation and Visual Effects Bachelor's Degree is designed to launch students toward a successful career in visual effects for film and television, and emerging applications for 3D visualization and 3D animation. Students will learn the fundamentals of art, animation design, and visual effects, and then apply this knowledge to 3D modeling, character animation, motion capture, character rigging, texture and lighting, compositing and more. The animation training at Ex'pression College is designed to mirror work in professional animation and visual effects houses. The animation training is in professional grade labs that boast a one-to-one (student-to-machine) ratio. Work on industry standard visual effects software, including Autodesk Maya & MotionBuilder, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Z-Brush, and Nuke and PFTrack.

Game Art and Design Program

The Game Art and Design program prepares students for a career in the interactive entertainment industry through immersive training in core-competency areas; which include fine arts, theory, and projects that mirror the professional pipeline production environment of a video game designer. This pipeline creates a solid foundation for students as they move toward entering the industry of video game design and development. Early classes in the program develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation that supports all subsequent work. Fundamentals in craft and tool application are introduced in the sophomore and junior years through a series of hands-on classes that build skill sets in 2D computer graphics, scripting, 3D modeling, animation, texture, and lighting. Students will also begin the design and development of their first game level through group work that simulates professional pipeline production techniques.

Emeryville, CA Expression 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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Animation Mentor
The Animation Mentor curriculum has been designed by professionals, working at the top animation studios in the industry, focusing 100% on character animation. This gives our curriculum a "real world" insight into what studios are looking for in new animation talent. At Animation Mentor, students are mentored one-on-one by professional animators from major studios. Our approach prepares students with the skills and attitude they need to take into the studio arena. Our online campus is built with a studio focus in mind, allowing our students to get comfortable with the many challenges and opportunities they will experience when working in a studio environment.

Admissions: (510) 809-1177

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All Classes are Online Animation Mentor
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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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