Best Colleges for Animation

Animation is one academic discipline you don’t just stumble into by chance. This is an area entered by those hoping to become professional animators (obviously), video game developers, graphic designers, illustrators, or web designers. Many of the most renowned animation schools listed below are located in New York (NYU, RIT, and Pratt) and California (USC, UCLA, San Jose State) but there are quality institutions also located in the Midwest and South as well. Of course earning an animation degree involves building your artistic and technological capabilities, but also taking courses in areas such as Writing for Animation, Action Analysis, and Visual Effects and Composing. The best colleges for animation listed below will all set you up for professional success in this enticingly creative field.

Click the links below for more information about each college’s animation program. Click here to read our methodology.

Boston University

California College of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts

Carnegie Mellon University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbus College of Art and Design

DePaul University

Digipen Institute of Technology

Drexel University

Emerson College

Florida State University

Full Sail University

George Mason University

Loyola Marymount University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

North Carolina State University

Ohio State University

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

San Jose State University

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts (NY)

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

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