Academy of Animated Art
New York, NY
Degrees/Certificates offered: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Lighting
Number of students in animation program: 200
Cost of program: $199-$1,999
Head of animation & admissions: Jasmine Katatikarn
Time of year offered: Ongoing
Application deadline: Rolling admission
Equipment available: Student software licenses available.



Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Lafayette, LA & Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
Phone: LA: (337) 205-6604; WA: (206) 428-6350
Fax: LA: (337) 232-0790; WA: (206) 428-6354



The Animation Academy
Burbank, CA
Phone: (818) 848-6590
Degrees/Certificates offered: Certification of the completion of each class. Certification of the completion of our program, which takes about a year.
Number of students in animation program: 75
Cost of program: $495 to enter
Head of animation & admissions: Charles Zembillas
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: Monthly
Equipment available: Our classes are online. Students should be equipped with traditional drawing supplies and a digital device with software appropriate for the course.
Notes: The Animation Academy has been training artists since 1998 with great success. We specialize in character design, production design, intellectual property development and animation fundamentals. Our vocational program is excellent for beginners and advanced students. We focus on traditional skills and their application towards digital mediums. Our motto is "Keep Creating!"


The Art Institutes
Campuses Nationwide & Online
Phone: (615) 874-1067; (888) 597-7665
online inquiries (877) 872-8869



ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, CA
Phone: (626) 396-2200
Degrees/Certificates offered: 2020-2021: Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science offered in 11 undergraduate programs. Master of Fine Arts or Master of Science offered in seven graduate programs. Minors offered in Business, Creative Writing and Social Innovation. Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management.
Number of students in animation program: 296 students (Fall 2020)
Cost of program: Undergraduate (two term) Tuition: $47,334 per year; Graduate (two term) Tuition: $50,024 per year
Head of animation: Marlon Nowe
Head of admissions: Tom Stern aus
Time of year offered: Fall and Spring
Application deadline: Fall Term: February 1, Spring Term: October 1
Equipment available: Students will use most industry standard tools. Most projects are developed with Unity or Unreal Engine. Students use Perforce, Git, Trello and a lot more tools.
Notes: Entertainment Design has a priority deadline of February 1 for Fall, and October 1 for Spring. The Concept and Animation Tracks admit students in both the Fall and the Spring. The Game Design Track admits students in the Fall only. After the priority deadline passes, the department will decide whether or not to continue accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Contact the Admissions Office and we will inform you if applications are still being accepted for a specific term. Once enrolled, Entertainment Design students take studio classes in the Fall and Spring terms only. They may take Humanities and Sciences classes in Summer term.



The Bakshi School
Silver City, NM
Phone: (575) 534-9291



Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, NJ
Phone: (973) 748-9000 ext. 1230
Text: 973-874-1313



Bowie State University
Bowie, MD
Phone: (301) 860-4000 / 1-877-77-BOWIE



Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
Phone: (419) 372-2786
Fax: (419) 372-2544
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Digital Art, BA in Digital Art, MFA in Digital Art, Minor in Digital Art
Number of students in animation program: 150-200
Cost of program: Resident tuition for 2021/2022: $12,547.20
Head of animation: Bart Woodstrup
Head of admissions: Rachel Blumer
Time of year offered: Spring/Fall
Application deadline: July 15
Equipment available: Our division has three 20-seat computer labs: A PC-based 20-core/32GB/Nvida Quatro p5000 3D animation lab. A PC-based 18-core/32GB/Nvidia Quatro k5000 imaging/illustration lab with 22" 4k Cintiq tablets at each seat. A Mac-based 12-core/32GB/AMD Duel AMD FirePro D700 video lab.

We also have a fully-equipped stop-motion animation studio with 10 iMacs running DragonFrame. The lab is equipped to teach sand, paint on glass, puppet, cut paper, object, pixilation, rotoscoping, hand-drawn, clay and mixed media animation.

Our software includes the latest versions of: Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, MotionBuilder, ZBrush, Mudbox, Adobe Creative Suite with Sapphire Plugins, Corel Painter, Unity 3D, Processing and Dragonframe stop motion software.

Students have access to our staffed Media Center, which provides professional audio and video recording equipment (DSLR cameras, HD camcorders, omnidirectional camera and light kits), large-format printing, and VR/AR gear.

We also have a Production Studio equipped with Pro level lighting. (Flash Packs, LEDs, Soft Box Lighting and a small infinity Wall.)

Students also have access to our integrated fabrication studio where we have a plotter, multiple (6-8) 3D printers, a CNC router, a CNC plasma cutter and two Laser cutters.


Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Animation, BS in Computer Science with Animation Emphasis
Number of students in animation program: 80
Cost of program:
Head of animation & admissions: Sam Nielson
Time of year offered: Fall semester
Application deadline: June 1
Equipment available: Various labs and classrooms with workstation grade computers, Wacom Cintiqs and a variety of 3D and 2D software for both animation and gaming.



California College of the Arts
San Francisco & Oakland, CA
Phone: SF (415) 703-9500, Oakland (510) 594-3600; (800) 447-1ART



California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, CA
Phone: (661) 255-1050
Fax: (661) 253-7710
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA and Certificate in Character Animation; BFA, MFA, Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Experimental Animation
Number of students in animation program: 165-170
Cost of program: 2021-22 annual tuition $52,850
Head of animation: Maija Burnett (Character), Maureen Furniss (Experimental)
Head of admissions: Chevonne Totten-Garner
Time of year offered: September through May
Application deadline: Preferred - December; Regular - January (see website)
Equipment available: Equipment Cage offers a range of film and digital equipment, from digital cinema camera rigs to portable digital stop-motion kits to traditional film cameras, allowing students to shoot on the school's various production stages, in front of a greenscreen, at home or on location. The Equipment Cage features digital and film cameras, lighting kits, portable motion control rigs, microphones, digital sound recorders, stereoscopic systems and installation equipment. School facilities also include 2D and 3D animation computer labs, stop motion shooting stages, sound recording studio and mixing theater, VR/AR lab, installation gallery space, production sound stages and post-production edit suites.



California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Phone: (657) 278-2011



California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Phone: (562) 985-4376
Degrees/Certificates offered: MFA, BFA, BA
Number of students in animation program: 180
Cost of program: $2,871 Undergrad. $3,588 Grad. per semester (2021-2022)
Head of animation: Soyeon Kim
Head of admissions: Melissa Ledesma
Time of year offered: Fall, Spring
Application deadline: November 30
Equipment available: Supporting both traditional and digital animation and film productions. Computer Labs equipped with Mac and 22” Cintiq, running with professional softwares. Wacom tablets and many equipment items are available for student check out, filming stations with downshooters, DSLR camera, VR camera & lighting, and sound recording booth.



California State University Northridge
Northridge, CA
Phone: (818) 677-1200; (562)951-4000



Cañada College
Redwood City, CA, U.S.A.
Phone: (650) 306-3330; (650) 306-3100



Chapman University
Orange, CA
Phone & Fax: (714) 997-6885
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Animation and Visual Effects. Minors in: Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Documentary Film, Film Studies, Production Design for Film, Public Relations, Television, Visual Effects, VR and AR.
Number of students in animation program: 120
Cost of program: $46,500 per year plus course fees
Head of animation: Aubry Mintz
Head of admissions:  Admissions coordinator: Jessica Houston (
Time of year offered: Spring and Fall
Application deadline: Spring regular admission: Oct. 15; Fall admission: Freshman Early Action (non-binding): Nov. 1, Freshman Regular Admission: Jan. 15, Transfer Regular Admission: March 15
Equipment available: The Digital Media Arts Center (DMAC) is one of the best-equipped facilities in the nation, featuring a "virtual stage" with Unreal Engine-enabled LED wall, a 4K stereo projection 110-seat theater, a VFX lab with dual monitors and 4K stereoscopic workflow, and a North-lit art studio with benches, sink and model stand.

The Animation Lab features a 4K workflow. Each of the 24 stations has a traditional backlit animation disc with ACME pegs and adjustable board, as well as a 22HD Cintiq tablet on adjustable arm, usable as a drawing board or monitor. The instructor has a Cintiq, software for doing interactive "dailies" on student tests, a 2K projector for reviews. Students have 24/7 access (with online reservation capability) for 10 individual private study suites, each equipped with larger Cintiqs, dual monitors, stereo speakers for premixing, flatbed scanners and down shooter camera stands for 2D animation tests. DMAC workstations feature over 55 different software licenses, including Maya, 3ds Max, Toon Boom, After Effects, Mari and Nuke.

Notes: Chapman's proximity to "Silicon Beach" has made the Gaming Minor an award-winning program. The new VR/AR minor covers the latest breakthroughs in emerging technologies. Dodge College has exceptional industry connections. Students tour Southern California's major facilities, including Disney, DreamWorks, Blizzard, FrameStore, etc. Dodge College hosts the industry's top talent almost weekly, featuring lectures and presentations of unreleased material and personal interaction with the students. That list has included Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Andreas Dejas, Rob Minkoff, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Mark Andrews, Don Hahn, Randy Cook and Eric Goldberg. We host an open house for prospective students in the fall as well as host tours of our facilities throughout the year Monday-Friday. In our review process, we weigh the portfolio materials very heavily, but also evaluate whether applicants are a good fit for the overall University.

Comprehensive resource of admission information available at



Clemson University
Digital Production Arts
Clemson, SC
Phone: (864) 656-5577; (864) 656-3311



Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, OH
Phone: (216) 421-7000; (216) 421-7418



College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, IL
Phone: (630) 942-2800; (630) 942-3000



Columbia College
Interactive Arts & Media
Chicago, IL
Phone: (312) 369-7750; (312) 369-1000



Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus, OH
Phone: (614) 224-9101



Daemen College
Amherst, NY
Phone: (800) 462-7652
Fax: (716) 839-8229
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Animation; VFX Certificate
Number of students in animation program: 80
Cost of program: $30,360 annual tuition
Head of animation: Mike Jones
Head of admissions: Austin Brass
Time of year offered: Fall for first year students, Fall/Spring for transfer students
Application deadline: Rolling admission
Equipment available: Three state-of-the-art animation labs running Maya, Harmony, Storyboard Pro, etc. All lab workstations have 16" Cintiqs. The senior lab has nine workstations with 22" Cintiqs. Traditional animation desks 2D lab. Plus a greenscreen room, sound lab, stop-motion lab.
Notes: A number of our graduates are working for major animation studios throughout the United States.



The DAVE School
Orlando, FL
Phone: (407) 385-1100
Degrees/Certificates offered: Visual Effects Diploma, Visual Effects Bachelor's Degree, Game Production Diploma, Game Production Bachelor's Degree, Motion Graphics Bachelor's Degree
Number of students in animation program: 120
Cost of program: 35,000
Head of animation: Seth Lickiss
Head of admissions: Suzanne Rivera
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: Rolling application
Equipment available: We teach software from The Foundry, Autodesk, Maxon and Epic Games who provide software for the film & game industries. We also offer access to Adobe, Real Flow, PFTrack and Deadline.
The DAVE School houses a variety of hardware technologies that are available to all of our students. We offer workstations to a render farm with nearly 4.0THz worth of processing power via nearly 1100 CPU Cores and 3.1 TB of RAM. We are constantly adding new technologies and keeping up with industry trends, enabling us to offer our students access to tools that are used in the industry. Some of the tools available to our students include: RED Scarlet, 3D Print Lab (five 3D printers), large-scale render farm, Motion Capture Studio (10-camera Vicon motion-capture system — the same type of system used in all the big Hollywood visual effects films, as well as AAA game titles for Xbox, PS4 and PS5).



Delaware College of Art and Design
Wilmington, DE
Phone: (302) 622-8000
Fax: (302) 622-8870
Degrees/Certificates offered: AFA (Associates): Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Arts
Number of students in animation program: 20
Cost of program: $25,770 annually
Head of animation: Tad Sare
Head of admissions: Randle Reed
Time of year offered: Fall
Application deadline: Rolling
Equipment available: MAC Labs, Adobe Suite, Maya, Wacom, Tablets, etc.



DePaul University
College of Computing and Digital Media
Chicago, IL
Phone: (312) 362-8381; (312) 362-83003



DigiPen Institute of Technology
Redmond, WA|
Phone: (866) 478-5236
Fax: (425) 588-0378



Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 895-2400 / 1-800-2-DREXEL



East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, CA
Phone: (323) 265-8650



Edinboro University
Edinboro, PA
Phone: (814) 732-2000



Elite Animation Academy
Orlando, FL
Phone: (407) 459-7959
Education offered: Job training skills
Number of students in animation program: 300
Cost of program: $425 to $1,250
Head of animation: Gladys West
Head of admissions: Todd West
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: None
Equipment available: Adobe Suite
Notes: Former Disney animators instructing students ages eight to 17 and adults.



Emile Cohl Atelier
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 315-2323
Degrees/Certificates offered: Certificate in Storyboard, Design Certificate in Background Design
Number of students in animation program: 60
Cost of program: Free!
Time of year offered: Spring & Fall
Application deadline: June 30 and December 31
Equipment available: All licenses are provided to each enrolled student.
Notes: Emile Cohl Atelier is a social impact video game design and animation educational institution. ECA was founded in 2019 as a nonprofit in collaboration with Ecole Emile Cohl, a prestigious award-winning French institution established in 1984. ECA allocates merit-based scholarships to selected students admitted to its inclusive and rigorous program. In support of intellectual breadth, Emile Cohl Atelier provides technical and soft-skills training as well as inroads to some of the fastest-growing creative industries in Los Angeles and worldwide.



Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 217-7999



Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI
Phone: (231) 591-2420
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelors of Applied Science in Digital Animation and Game Design, Bachelors of Television and Digital Media Production, Bachelor of Digital Media Software Engineering, Bachelor in E-Sports (Fall 2022)
Number of students in animation program: 300
Cost of program: $12,740 per year ($455 per credit hour)
Head of animation: Mel Danes
Head of admissions: Angela Buy
Time of year offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
Application deadline: Rolling
Equipment available: Seven computer labs over two campuses (Grand Rapids and Big Rapids), VR studio, broadcast-quality TV studio
Notes: We will be moving to the brand new Center for Virtual Learning (CVL) for the Fall 2023 semester. With next-gen classrooms and labs, an advanced Cyber Competition Center, and cutting-edge esports arena, the CVL will put you at the center of a new era of education.



Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem, NC
Phone: (336) 723-0371



Fullerton College
Fullerton, CA
Phone: (714) 992-7261
Degrees/Certificates offered: Entertainment Arts, Storyboarding, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling & Texture, 3D CGI Generalist, Illustration
Number of students in animation program: 700
Cost of program: $150 class / $1,000 to $2,250 depending upon certificate
Heads of animation: Phil Dimitriadis & Frank Guthrie
Head of admissions: Rena Martinez Stluka
Time of year offered: Fall/Spring/Summer Session/Workshops
Application deadline: One month before every semester
Equipment available: Digital Art Lab: Mac & PC, 3D printers, Cintiqs, photo equipment
Notes: Industry based instructors with 60+ years of professional experience. Members of Local 839 Animation Guild and Local 800 Art Directors Guild. For samples of classroom demos please visit YouTube (Phils Design Corner & Fullerton College Digital Arts). Also, free Friday gesture drawing group with Entertainment Arts Student League (EASL).



Full Sail University
Winter Park, FL, U.S.A. / Online
Phone: (407) 679-6333



Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 466-6663



Grossmont College
Digital Art Program
El Cajon, CA
Phone: (619) 644-7000



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Southern Methodist University
Plano, TX
Phone: (214) 768-4278



Hampshire College
Amherst, MA
Phone: (413) 559-5471
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
Number of students in animation program: 32
Cost of program: $30,080 avg. after aid
Head of animation: Christopher Perry
Head of admissions: Eric Vettese
Time of year offered: Spring & Fall
Application deadline:
Equipment available: Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) - ASH 126: Computers: 17 Mac Pros, Three 24" iMacs. Computers have either 24" HD monitors OR 7" 1280x1024 LCDs. Software: Maya 2022, complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Arnold, RenderMan, Nuke, Praat, Blender, Unity and Unreal Engine. Access: General public, CS Students have priority. Open lab hours 4-11 p.m. every weekday, 12-11 p.m. on weekends.
ASH 125 (The "ndrome"): Computers: Four 24" iMacs, five Mac Pros and a quad-core custom-built PC running Ubuntu. All have 8GB of RAM except the iMac. One of the Mac Pros has a 30" Cinema display, two have a 22" Cintiq; the rest have HD LCDs. Software: Designed primarily for animation purposes, may include: Maya 2022, complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Arnold Render, Nuke, Praat, Blender, Unity and Unreal Engine. Access: During building hours, this room is open for use by the general public, with priority given to animation interns.
ASH ERP: Lab Computers: Four 24" iMacs, five or six Dell desktops. Software: Windows XP, Eprime, SuperLab, Office, other ERP-specific software. Access: Cognitive Science ERP Students.
Full Campus-Wide list here:
Notes: At Hampshire, students will: Actively grapple with pressing questions and issues starting in their first semester. Explore and innovate freely across multiple methods and practices and all fields of knowledge: the arts, sciences, technology, social/political inquiry and humanities. Develop lifelong skills central to a liberal arts education: creative problem-solving, applied critical thinking, entrepreneurialism and agility for dealing with complexity and uncertainty. Integrate learning in and out of the classroom through courses, workshops, independent study, field study, community learning, study abroad, internships, co-curricular activities and more.
Self-Designed Curriculum: No schools or departments. No majors. Areas of study at Hampshire are as broad as the imagination. A student’s job when they get here isn’t to declare a major, it’s to discover their mission. Students choose faculty advisors who support them in designing a custom curriculum in pursuit of big questions, challenges, or issues of the student’s interest. Graduates emerge from Hampshire prepared to engage with complex contemporary issues including the skills to transition to multiple careers.
Divisional Structure: No freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors. Students advance through a divisional structure rather than academic ranks. Each of the three divisions requires a portfolio review, including narrative feedback from all courses, final papers or projects, community-engaged learning, other meaningful work, and a retrospective. Hampshire careers are capped off by a year-long thesis-like Division III project of the student’s own design.
Narrative Evaluations: No grades. Hampshire does not believe grades are an accurate or effective measurement of capacity, competency or progress. Instead, students are evaluated through robust narrative feedback and evaluations provided by peers and faculty members.



Laguna College of Art + Design
Laguna Beach, CA
Phone: (949) 376-6000
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): Animation, Drawing + Painting, Drawing + Painting with Illustration Emphasis, Drawing + Painting with Sculpture Emphasis, Entertainment Design, Experimental Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports Emphasis, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Illustration Emphasis, Illustration.
Number of students in animation program: 190
Cost of program: $34,600/year
Head of animation: Dan Boulos
Head of admissions: Christopher Brown
Time of year offered: Fall and Spring
Application deadline: Rolling
Equipment available: State of the art labs, software and equipment
Notes: Create convincing, feature-quality animation of original characters that allows personality and emotion to dictate unique acting choices, expressions and movement. Pitch stories clearly and succinctly, showing an understanding of structure and character and the ability to elevate the material by incorporating group critique. Demonstrate effective communication skills necessary for collaboration in group productions. Demonstrate competence in filmmaking disciplines such as directing, screenwriting, editing, sound design and cinematography.
Character Design & Storyboarding for Limited Animation | 2D Digital Puppetry & 2D Paperless Animation | Show Design & Series Design | 3D Modeling and Animation | Stop-Motion | New Media Authorship



Lansing Community College
Lansing, MI
Phone: (517) 483-1957; (800) 644-4522



Lesley University
Cambridge, MA
Phone: (617) 868-9600



Living Arts College
Raleigh, NC
Phone: (919) 488-8504; (919) 488-8500



Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Van Nuys, CA
Phone: (818) 708-9232
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Entertainment Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Certificate of Entertainment Art, Certificate of Fine Arts, Diploma Fine Art Fundamentals (Undergraduate), Diploma-1 year: Drawing (Undergraduate)
Cost of program: $31,000 per year
Head of animation: Pete Michels
Time of year offered: Fall
Application deadline: Rolling admissions
Equipment available: Students are required to purchase their own computers. Selected software is included in tuition. Student discounts are available.



The Los Angeles Film School
Hollywood, CA
Phone: (323) 860-0789
Degrees/Certificates offered: Campus: Associate of Science in Audio Production, Associate of Science in Film, Associate of Science in Music Production, Bachelor of Science in Animation and Visual Effects, Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business, Bachelor of Science in Film Production.
Online: Associate of Science in Audio Production Online, Associate of Science in Music Production Online, Bachelor of Science in Animation Online, Bachelor of Science in Audio Production Online, Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking Online, Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business Online, Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Online, Bachelor of Science in Media Communications Online, Bachelor of Science in Music Production Online, Bachelor of Science in Writing for Film and Television Online.
Number of students in animation program: 500+ between Campus and Online
Cost of program: Campus: $88,944.50; Online: $64,900
Head of animation: Campus: Joffrey Black; Online: Ken Norman
Head of admissions: Ernesta Mensah
Time of year offered: Monthly
Application deadline: Year-round open enrollment
Equipment available: Animators rely on high-performing gear and software to bring their creations to life. As an animation student, the TechKit® becomes your fully-armed battle station to design out-of-this-world VFX and animations for film, TV and video games. The Animation TechKit® includes your own MSI GE76 Raider laptop with Unreal Engine, Python, Autodesk Maya, Pixologic ZBrush and Nuke. You will also receive the entire Adobe Creative Suite, as well as a Wacom 16 Cintiq, Stealth Trooper backpack, gaming mouse and headset.



Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 338-2700



Lynn University
Phone: (561) 237-7000



Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
Phone: (615) 898-5196
Fax: (615) 494-8694
Degrees/Certificates offered: B.S. in Animation; B.S. in Video and Film Production, concentration in Motion Design
Number of students in animation program: 230
Cost of program: $9,472 in-state/$29,144 out-of-state for academic year tuition; in-state tuition available in certain states through the Academic Common Market ( and major discount offered to qualifying students in the Regional Scholars program (
Head of animation: Kevin McNulty
Head of admissions: Linda Olsen, Undergraduate Admission Director ( or
Time of year offered: We offer a semester-based, four-year Bachelor of Science degree.
Application deadline: Fall applications are accepted through July 1 (must submit all admissions materials by December 1 for freshman guaranteed academic scholarships and February 15 for transfer guaranteed academic scholarships for the following fall). Spring applications are accepted through December 15.
Equipment available: Three high-end computer labs (Boxx and Dell) dedicated exclusively to animation, render farm, 24-inch and 32-inch Wacom Cintiq Pros, new XR stage (utilizing Disguise VX2 Media Server and Mo-Sys Startracker), Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K Pro cameras, 4K cameras, DSLR cameras, light kits, drone cameras, audio kits, greenscreens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Hololens, Magic Leap, Virtuix Omni, large-scale LED video wall systems, video/film production studios, Autodesk Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Autodesk Mudbox, Arnold, RenderMan, Adobe CC software, Unreal Engine, Unity, Red Giant Suite, Cinema 4D, Redshift, Substance Painter, Substance Alchemist, Substance Designer, Krita, Davinci Resolve Studio, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Ross XPression CG & Graphics System, and SyncSketch.
Notes: MTSU’s Animation program was one of the first in the nation and is ranked among the best in the U.S. at a public school or university. An on-campus ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter is only one of 16 in the world. Other relevant student organizations include the MTSU eSports varsity league, VR-AR Club, Film Guild and Cinema Club. Students have full access to LinkedIn Learning, faculty-led extracurricular programs, collaboration with outside clients, opportunities at worldwide competitions and conferences, student film screenings, and portfolio reviews. The program is NASAD and SACS accredited.
MTSU alumni have worked for the likes of Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Activision Blizzard Entertainment, Titmouse, Weta Digital, Warner Bros. Entertainment, ShadowMachine, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Netflix Animation, WB Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Rhythm & Hues, including on an Oscar winner. Students progress through advanced digital tools and techniques for careers in 3D animation, 2D animation, motion graphics and visual effects in films, series, video games and more.
Rated among the best colleges in the U.S. by Princeton Review, MTSU  is located in the Nashville metropolitan area.



Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis, MN
Phone: (612) 874-3700; (800) 874-6223



New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ
Phone: (973) 596-3080
Degrees/Certificates offered: BA Digital Design, MS Digital Design, MFA Digital Design. Certificates in: UI/UX Digital Design, Digital Arts, Animation, Game Design and Interactivity.
Number of students in animation program: ~100
Cost of program:
Head of animation: Glenn Goldman
Head of admissions: Stephen Eck
Time of year offered: Academic year
Application deadline: Rolling admissions for Fall and Spring
Equipment available: Animation labs, VR technology, motion-capture studio, physical fabrication spaces and various software needed to design, create and animate.
Notes: NJIT's Hillier College of Architecture and Design is a comprehensive design school, in a top-tier research university, dedicated to creative design and making in physical and virtual worlds.



New York Film Academy
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 674-4300; (800) 611-FILM
Fax: (212) 477-1414



New York Institute of Technology
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 261-1508; (800) 345-6948



New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 998-1778
Fax: (212) 995-4062
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelors in Fine Arts
Number of students in animation program: 1,165 students
Cost of program: $62,062
Head of animation: Dean Lennert
Head of admissions: Patricia Decker
Time of year offered: Fall/J-term/Spring/Summer
Application deadline: Early Decision I - November 1, Early Decision II - January 1, Regular Decision - January 5
Equipment available: Hardware: Cintiq Pro 13" and 16", Mobile Studio Pro 13" and 16", Canon 7D cameras w/ lenses, Lowel omni light kits, Inkie lights, Fluid head tripods, Oculus Headsets w/ controllers, Samsung Gear VR headsets.
Software: Adobe Creative Cloud CC, Toon Boom Harmony 20, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 7, Dragonframe, Autodesk Maya, ZBrush Pixologic, Nuke Foundry, Houdini Online services (Houdini FX), Cinema 4D Studio. Plug-ins: Marvelous Designer, Trapcode, Plexus, Paint & Stick, Unreal Engine Epic Games, V-Ray Chaos Software, VUE e-on

Notes: Production Courses: Introduction to Animation Techniques, Intermediate Animation Production, Experimental Animation and Advanced Animation Production.

Craft Courses: Drawing & Design for Animation, Storyboarding, Producing for Animation; Stop Motion Animation, Action Analysis I & II, Motion Design & Titles, Introduction to 3D Computer Animation, Life Drawing: The Figure, Life Drawing: Anatomy, Animation: From Pitching to Pipeline to Production, Special Topics in 3D Computer Animation, Introduction to Visual Effects, Visual Effects & Compositing.



Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI
Phone: (906) 227-2194
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA Art and Design, BS Art and Design, BA Art and Design (Digital Cinema and Computer Art)
Number of students in animation program: 24
Cost of program: $6,000-$8,500/semester for full-time course load
Head of animation: Stephan Larson
Time of year offered: Fall/Spring semesters
Application deadline: Aug. 20; Jan. 4
Equipment available: Apple computers; student-issued Apple laptops. scanners, digital cameras, video cameras, DSLR cameras, pre-press printing, large format printing (44" wide), wacom tablets, greenscreen studio, digital lighting studio,  Adobe CC Suite, Maxon Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Keyshot, Unity3D.



Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 665-6800, (800) 527-6847



Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Lancaster, PA
Phone: (717) 396-7833; (800) 689-0379



Platt College
San Diego, CA
Phone: (866) 752-8826; (626) 300-5444
Fax: (619) 265-8655



Point Park University
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: (412) 392-3452; (412) 391-4100



Pratt Institute
New York, NY
Phone: (718) 636-3600



Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
Phone: (401) 454-6233; (410) 454-6100



Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota, FL
Phone: (941) 351-5100



Lakewood, CO
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA 2D Animation, BFA 3D Animation, BFA Game Art
Number of students in animation program: 602
Cost of program: $693/credit hour
Head of animation: Sean Brown
Head of admissions: Brian Belliveau
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: First week of May for Fall 2022
Equipment available:



Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA, MFA
Number of students in animation program: 160
Cost of program: $52,030
Head of animation: Brian J. Larson
Head of admissions: Marian Nicoletti
Time of year offered: Fall/Spring
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Equipment available: Mac Labs with Cintiqs, PC Labs with Cintiqs, sound stage, Pro Tools Editing Suite, virtual production capabilities.
Software including Maya, Unreal, Substance Painter, Toon Boom (Center of Excellence), Adobe Creative Cloud, TVPaint.
17 x 17 x 20 foot cove cyclorama wall painted chroma key.
MAGIC Spell Studio with Mac, PC and VR Labs as well as 7,000 sq. foot professional sound stage.



SAE Expression College
Emeryville, CA
Phone: (510) 654-2934



San Francisco State University
School of Cinema
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 338-1629
Fax: (415) 338-0906
Degrees/Certificates offered: Minor in Animation, two-year program
Number of students in animation program: 40
Cost of program: 7,484 yearly tuition
Head of animation: Martha Gorzycki
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: Fall and Spring
Application deadline: December 15, 2022
Equipment available: Three Mac labs, one Cintiq Mac lab, five stop-motion rooms, two sound effects libraries, foley & sound recording room, two sound mixing rooms, soundstage with greenscreen.
Software: TVPaint, Maya, Blender, Mudbox, ZBrush, Dragonframe, Adobe Creative Suite, ProTools, DaVinci Resolve. Equipment: DSLR cameras, greenscreens, audio kits, lighting kits.

Notes: Many graduates of our two-year program are employed at the major film studios of Pixar, Laika, Disney, ILM, and DreamWorks. Many are employed at commercial studios in various entertainment, gaming, streaming, television, online, publishing, museum and scientific industries.



San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
Phone: (408) 924-4340; (408) 924-1000




Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Savannah & Atlanta, GA | Lacoste, France | SCADnow Online
Phone: (800) 869-7223
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA, MFA, MA
Number of students in animation program: 1,615
Cost of program: $34,470 undergraduate; $35,325 graduate
Head of animation: Chris Gallagher, Chair of Animation
Head of admissions: Steve Mineo, VP of Admission
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: Rolling admission
Equipment available: Software: Adobe CS5, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder. Scripting taught in both majors using Python and MEL.
Facilities: Vicon Blade motion-capture studio, dedicated Cintiq homework labs, Maker lab for fabrication with 3D printing and soldering stations, recording stage with 12-bay Foley stage, recording booth and isolation booth in view of a 20-seat classroom and Pro Tools sound board; Avid editing classroom; TV and film studio with greenscreen synch wall, professor's projector and freight elevator for large sets.
Animation software: Dragonflame, Shotgun, Toon Boom Harmony, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro.
Animation facilities: 45 traditional drawing desks, stop-motion fabrication room and shooting stages (10 at Savannah, six at Atlanta), Stratasys fused deposition printer and PolyJet 3D printer.
Notes: Create new worlds with animation: Be a powerhouse in an industry that spans film, TV, video games, AR/VR and more Illuminate fantastical realms and characters that launch careers, bring joy to fans, and take the world by storm. Named a top animation program in the U.S. year after year by Animation Career Review, SCAD provides every resource to help you develop your signature style in 2D, 3D and stop-motion animation, digital modeling, rigging, lighting and look development. As you work with top companies and peers, you’ll become a pro at collaboration — just like in the real world.



School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 592-2100
Degrees/Certificates offered: Undergraduate: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation & BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Graduate: Master of Fine Arts in Computer Arts
Number of students in animation program: BFA Animation: 398; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects: 336; MFA Computer Arts: 102
Cost of program: Undergraduate tuition: $22,500 per semester (full-time registration is considered 12-15 credits); Graduate tuition: $25,200 per semester. Department fee: BFA Animation: $1,200 per semester; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects: $1,460 per semester; MFA Computer Arts: $1,700 per semester
Heads of animation: Hsiang Chin Moe, Chair of BFA Animation; Jimmy Calhoun, Chair of BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Terrence Masson, Chair of MFA Computer Arts
Head of admissions: Matthew Farina
Time of year offered: Fall semester
Application deadline: BFA Programs: Rolling admissions; MFA Computer Arts: January 15
Equipment available: Software: Adobe Suite, Autodesk Suite, Toon Boom, TVPaint, Nuke, Houdini, REDCine-X, Foundry Suite, Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, VDMX, Dragonframe, plus an array of video and audio effects plugins.
Facilities: Computer labs with Wacom Intuos and Cintiq tablets, greenscreen production room
with motion capture and the VR equipment; sound mixing room, recording booth with foley pits, and render farm and color grading suite.
Equipment: 4K video production cameras, DSLR cameras, extensive camera lenses, lighting and audio equipment. Stop-motion lab for fabrication and staging. MFA students have access to the SVA Visible Futures Lab featuring digital fabrication tools including a 3D scanner, 3D printers, laser cutter, UV printer and CNC router.
Notes: SVA alumni are employed by prestigious studios including 9 Story Media Group, Aardman Nathan Love, Artjail, Apple, Augenblick Studios, BigStar Motion Design Bento Box Entertainment, Buck, BuzzFeed, Cartoon Network, Cartoon Saloon, Cartuna, CBS, CNN, Cinesite, Comedy Central, Disney Feature Animation, Disney TV, DreamWorks Animation, Facebook, Framestore, Golden Wolf, Hornet, Industrial Light & Magic, Illumination Entertainment, Laika, Mighty Oak, Nickelodeon, MTV Netflix Animation, Nice Shoe, Pentagram, Pixar Animation Studios, Psyop, R/GA, Rockstar Games, Sesame Workshop, Skydance Animation, Shadow Machine, Sony Pictures Animation, Ted-Ed, The Mill, The Molecule , Titmouse, Viacom, Volvox Labs, Warner Bros.
Others have opened their own animation companies, such as Plymptoons, Titmouse and Augenblick studios. Named "Top Animation School in the World" by the Rookies, SVA students have earned awards in major international competitions including Student Academy Awards, Emmy’s Awards, College Television Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, YouTube Award, Prix Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, Electronic Theater and Art Show, Webby Awards, ISEA and the Leonardo Awards for Excellence. Student works have appeared in Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, Annecy, Ottawa and New York festivals, among many others.



School of Visual Arts
Division of Continuing Education
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 592-2050
Degrees/Certificates offered: Individual courses only
Cost of program: Varies by course
Time of year offered: Fall, Spring & Summer semesters



Smorgasbord Productions Animation Collaboration
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 825-1306



Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-951-2913; (856) 853-4717



Universal Arts School
Hollywood, CA / Valencia, Spain / Online
Phone: (424) 231-4053 / +34 6766 25243
Email: /



University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA Animation, BFA Game Art, BFA Film & Animation
Number of students in animation program: 167
Cost of program: $48,350
Head of animation: Christopher McDonnell - Animation; Erik Van Horn - Game Art
Head of admissions: Angela Jones-OBrien
Time of year offered: Fall/Spring
Application deadline: Rolling
Equipment available: Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya, Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro, Dragonframe, Houdini. Cintiq computer labs, 5,600-square-foot Center for Immersive Media featuring a motion-capture stage and VR workstations, 3,500-square-foot digital and traditional Makerspace, stop-motion studios, downshooters/traditional animation stands, sound design labs and recording studios, equipment room with cameras, microphones, and other current A/V equipment needed for production.



University of California Los Angeles
School of Theater, Film & Television
Animation Workshop
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 206-8441; (310) 825-421



University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Phone: (407) 823-2676
Fax: (407) 823-6470
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA Emerging Media: Character Animation Track; Experimental Animation Track. MFA Emerging Media: Animation and Visual Effects Track.
Number of students in animation program: 249 (Character Animation: 59; Experimental Animation 164; Animation & Visual Effects: 26)
Cost of program: Resident: $212.28 per credit for tuition and fees ($105.07 per credit tuition only); Non-Resident: $748.89 per credit for tuition and fees ($105.07 per credit tuition only)
Heads of animation: Cheryl Briggs (Character Animation/Animation & Visual Effects), Matthew Dombrowski (Experimental Animation)
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: Fall, Spring
Application deadline: Undergraduate: May 1, Track February 15; Graduate: January 15 Priority, May 1 Final
Equipment available: Undergraduate Labs: 35 iMacs with 13" Cintiqs, 30 PCs, dual 27" 4K monitors with 22" Cintiqs. 2D Animation Lab with desks and down-shooters donated from Disney Feature Animation. Graduate Lab and Research Spaces: Mac Pro or Dell workstations with dual 28" 4K monitors and 22" Cintiqs, Disney Animation desks retrofitted for the Cintiq.
Software: Adobe CC, Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Substance, Mari Modo, Brush, Toon Boom Harmony, TVPaint, Stop Motion Pro, DragonFrame
Notes: Our alumni are employed by prestigious studios including: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Weta Digital, Framestore, Lightbox, MPC, Titmouse, Netflix, Genius Brands, Reel FX, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Blur Studios, Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Riot Games, Turtle Rock Studios, and Blizzard Entertainment or creating simulations for organizations including the U.S. Navy, NASA, DISTI and Lockheed Martin.



University of Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
Phone: (800) 264-7955; (408) 498-5100



University of Southern California
School of Cinematic Arts
John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts
Los Angeles, CA |
Phone: (213) 821-4396
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Animation & Digital Arts, MFA in Animation & Digital Arts, Minor in Animation & Digital Arts, Minor in Science Visualization, Minor in 3D Animation in Cinematic Arts, MA+P Interdivisional Media Arts & Practice PhD (interdivisional).
Number of students in animation program: 170
Cost of program:
Head of animation: Teresa Cheng (Chair)
Head of admissions: Susan Park (Dir. of Admissions)
Time of year offered: Fall admission only
Application deadline: Freshman (first year) applicants & Transfer Applicants - December 1; Graduate applicants - November 15
Equipment available: Cintiq lab, IMAX theater, motion-capture stage, professional grade sound production facilities, VR goggles, industry standard 2D and 3D animation software.
Notes: Faculty include top industry professionals from TV and feature animation, visual effects, motion graphics and design studios. Animation students collaborate with other film students within the School of Cinematic Arts and across the USC campus with the Thornton School of Music, the Roski School of Art and Design, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the Viterbi School of Engineering, the School of Dramatic Arts and the School of Architecture on creative projects. Students have opportunities to interview with recruiters from major studios on Studio Day, an annual career event. Graduates work at Pixar, DreamWorks, Netflix, Sony Pictures Animation, Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Digital Domain, The Third Floor, Motion Picture Company, Oculus VR, Buck, Logan, Elastic and Blizzard.



Vertex School
Orange County, CA



Webster University
School of Communications
St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 968-7154; (314) 968-6900
Fax: (314) 963-6924



Woodbury University
Burbank, CA
Phone: (818) 767-0888
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA in Animation
Number of students in animation program: 100
Cost of program: Undergraduate tuition (per semester), 12 –18 units - $21,696. More than 89% of Woodbury University students receive some form of financial aid, with the average student financial aid grants during the 2020-2021 academic year totaling over $21,738.
Head of animation: Judy Kriger (Chair),
Head of admissions: Sabrina Taylor,
Time of year offered: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: Rolling admission with priority deadlines: Fall, March 1 and Spring, November 1
Equipment available: Computer labs with Dell and Mac workstations with Cintiq tablets, stop-motion stages, industry-standard 2D, 3D, stop-motion and time-based media software, DSLR cameras, lighting kits, 4K and surround sound projection system in campus theater.
Notes: Our alumni are employed by prestigious animation and visual effects studios, including: Walt Disney Animation, Netflix Animation, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Woodbury University's Animation program is NASAD and WSCUC (formerly WASC) accredited. Students prepare for the profession with our industry-related internship requirement. Our program is STEM-designated.


Capilano University
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 983-7516
Degrees/Certificates offered: Animation Fundamentals (summer) Certificate, 2D Animation & Visual Development 2YR Diploma, 3D Animation for Film & Games 2YR Diploma, Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media 2YR Diploma
Number of students in animation program: 25 per cohort, 250 total
Cost of program: Tuition varies. See website for specific costs:
Head of animation: Glenn Sylvester, Chair
Head of admissions: Hiten Amin, BBA Associate Registrar, Recruitment and Admissions
Time of year offered: September to April (Animation Fundamentals: July/August)
Application deadline: Portfolios due by March 11, 2022
Equipment available: Students have their own workstations (not shared) days, evenings and weekends. Workstations include: computer, 22" - 24" Wacom Cintiqs, 2nd monitor. Other equipment available: VR Oculus Quest headsets, motion-capture lab, latest versions of software, including TVPaint, Harmony, Storyboard Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Maya, Houdini, Nuke and more.
Notes: The campus is located on the edge of the beautiful North Shore mountains, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Residence is available. Capilano University is a public institution and has offered animation programs since 1995.



Centre NAD
Université de Québec à Chicoutimi
Montréal, QC, Canada
Phone: (514) 288-3447



CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX
New Westminster, BC
Phone: (604) 553-2462
Degrees/Certificates offered: One-year 3D Animation & VFX Production Diploma; 12-week 3D Foundations Certificate
Number of students in animation program: 10
Cost of program: $37,900.00 CDN domestic; $39,900.00 CDN international
Head of animation: Nicholas Boughen
Head of admissions: Vickie Boughen
Time of year offered: Three intakes per year
Application deadline: Varies
Equipment available: Each student has a workstation assigned to them on campus during the term; various equipment for digital photography class including 4K Black Magic Production Camera.
Notes: The cost for the 3D Foundations Certificate program is $7,500 CDN for both domestic and international students. Currently all classes are on site. If applicants have previous experience, they may qualify for an Upgrade Scholarship.



Collège Boréal
Sudbury, ON, Canada
Phone: (705) 560-6673, (800) 361-6673



Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone: (604) 844-3800



InFocus Film School
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 915-6900
Degrees/Certificates offered: Diploma
Number of students in animation program: 10
Cost of program: $21,950
Head of animation: Darvin Manwah
Head of admissions: Clarence Sponagle
Time of year offered: Spring / Fall
Equipment available: PC, Autodesk Maya



ISART Digital
Montréal, QC, Canada
Phone: (438) 382-7466



LaSalle College Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (866) 717-8080
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Science in Game Programming; Diplomas in 3D Modeling for Animation & Games, Animation Art & Design, VFX for Film & Television, Game Art & Design, Visual & Game Programming
Number of students in animation program: 61
Cost of program:
Head of animation: Robert Stefanson, Program Director – Media Arts
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: January, April, July, October
Application deadline: Rolling admissions
Equipment available: Cintiq interactive pen displays, render farm computer cluster, virtual reality suite, soundstage with greenscreen, online editing suite, computer labs. Software: Maya, Nuke, Premiere, Photoshop, Mudbox, RenderMan, Arnold, Toon Boom Harmony, Mari, Substance, ZBrush, Houdini, After Effects, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine 4, Steam, Twine, Perforce, Unreal Editor, Git software.



Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design
Toronto, ON
Phone: (877) 486-6888
Degrees/Certificates offered: Diplomas: Animation Diploma - Classical & Computer Animation & Production; Concept Art Diploma - Animation & Video Games; Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts Diploma
Certificate: Fine Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive Certificate Program
Workshops: Various workshops for learners of all levels and ages (including camps and classes for kids) as well as teens and adults, including Professional Development courses.
Number of students in animation program: 85
Cost of program: $11,850 ($14,000 international)
Head of animation: Brad Ferguson, Director of Animation
Head of admissions: Max Rhoden
Time of year offered: Diploma Programs: Sept. - April, Summer for Certificate Program, Year round for Workshops
Application deadline: Ongoing enrollment
Equipment available: Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe/Substance Painter, Toon Boom Harmony, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, Nuke (Foundry), Maya, ZBrush, Monkey Jam & Audacity (Freeware)
Hardware: Industry-standard Intel based desktops with Nvidia Quadro production graphics cards, dedicated render farm for 3D rendering using RenderMan and Arnold, Wacom tablets and Wacom styluses (on request from office).



NBCC MIramichi Campus
Miramichi, NB, Canada
Phone: (506) 778-6000; (506) 460-6222



Seneca College
Toronto, ON, Canada
Phone: (416) 491-5050



Sheridan College
Oakville, ON, Canada
Phone: (905) 845-9430; (905) 459-7533



Think Tank Training Centre
North Vancouver, BC, Canada & Online
Phone: (604) 990-8265, (888) 990-8265



Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 612-1171
Degrees/Certificates offered: Ten diploma programs: 2D Computer Animation, 3D Computer Animation, Advanced 3D Modeling, Animated Short Films, Concept Art, Digital Matte Painting, Effects Animation, Esports Diploma, Video Game Design, Virtual Reality Design.
Three Certificate programs: Introduction to Digital Arts, Writing for Animation, Professional Careers for Artists (
Number of students in animation program: 600
Cost of program: $1,500 - $24,000
Head of animation: Calvin Leduc
Head of admissions: Ryan Silver
Time of year offered: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer
Application deadline: Ten days before each start date
Equipment available: System Requirements: Students are responsible for supplying their own computer software and hardware. Academic discounts are available to our students.



Vancouver Film School
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 685-5808
Degrees/Certificates offered: 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Animation Concept Art
Number of students in animation program: Over 300 students graduate annually across our three programs.
Cost of program: 3D Animation & Visual Effects ($35,950), Classical Animation ($25,950), Animation Concept Art ($25,950)
Head of animation: Colin Giles
Head of admissions: Gija Williams
Time of year offered: 3D Animation & Visual Effects (January, February, May, June, August, October), Classical Animation (January, February, May, August), Animation Concept Art (February, June, August, October)
Application deadline: Dependent on the program, the student and portfolio requirements; up to as long as one year in advance of the program’s start date.
Equipment available: Throughout the course of the program, VFS provides students access to all equipment required to execute their projects and their vision. Our eight state-of-the-art campuses offer a 270-degree greenscreen, a VFX resource center, two 75-seat screening rooms/lecture halls, a 1:1 student computer ratio, a Wacom Cintiq lane, scheduled time in Beyond Capture’s world-class performance capture studio (on campus) and 24/7 access to all industry-standard software.
Notes: For over 30 years, VFS‘s School of Animation has been graduating artists who now influence the industry across the globe. Alumni work across a wide spectrum of industries including CG animation, VFX, gaming, television, advertising, theme park design and publishing. Our alumni have also founded numerous studios around the world and have created a number of television series that have aired on major networks & streaming services.



Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts)
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 682-2787
Fax: (604) 687-2789
Degrees/Certificates offered: One-year diplomas are offered in 2D/3D Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects for Film & Television (see website for complete details of study). Fully online versions of Game Art & Design and Visual Effects for Film & Television programs are also offered.
Number of students in animation program: 60
Cost of program: Canadians: $26,750 CAD - $32,750 CAD; International: from $33,750 CAD - $38,750 CAD
Head of animation: Wayne Gilbert
Head of admissions: Alex Rusu
Time of year offered: March and September
Application deadline: Rolling admissions (4-6 months before start date prefered but exceptions can apply)
Equipment available: Students in all programs have their own personal workstation for the year. Animation programs/hardware we use: Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Huion Kamvas tablets, animation desks, pencil test & scanning station, sound booth. Game Art & Design: Maya, ZBrush, Unity, Unreal, MotionBuilder, facial motion capture. Visual Effects: Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Katana, RenderMan, V-Ray, greenscreen, DSLR cameras/camera rigs, lighting, studio space.
Notes: For our 27th year in business, in the spring of 2022 VanArts is excited to move into a newly renovated space where all in-person classes will be held. We are neighbors with several large video game and visual effects studios in Vancouver's False Creek neighborhood. All VanArts instructors have professional studio experience with employers such as Disney, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, ILM, Sony Animation, Digital Domain, Bioware, Mainframe Studios, Bardel Animation, Titmouse, Capcom, Vertical Motion, Image Engine, Zoic Studios and many others.

Aardman Academy
Bristol, U.K.



The Animation Workshop
Viborg, Denmark
Phone: +45 8755 4900
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Arts in Character Animation; CG Arts; Graphic Storytelling
Number of students in animation program: 225
Cost of program: Free for E.U./E.E.A. Nationals. For non E.U./E.E.A. Nationals: EUR 5,000-7,200 per semester depending on Education and semester.
Head of animation: Lotte Kronborg
Time of year offered: Summer
Application deadline: March 15
Equipment available: Relevant hardware and software


Animum Creativity Advanced School
Málaga, Spain / Online
Phone: +34 952 330 270



ARTFX School
Montpellier, Lille & Paris, France
Phone: Montpellier +33 (0) 4 99 77 01 42 | Lille +33 (0) 3 62 84 02 35 | Paris +33 (0) 1 85 76 68 80
Degrees/Certificates offered: 3D Animation: Five-Year curriculum (English or French) - French RNCP Level 7 Degree*. Visual Effects (CGI / Virtual production): Five-Year curriculum (English or French) - French RNCP Level 7 Degree. 2D Animation: Five-Year curriculum (French only) - French RNCP Level 7 Degree. Video Game: Five-Year curriculum (English of French) - French RNCP Level 7 Degree.
Cinema - School 24: Three- or five-year curriculum (Only in Lille / French only). Programming for VFX and Games: One- or three-year post-graduate curriculum, accessible to students with previous studies in programming.
Number of students in animation program: 876
Cost of program: Foundation Year: 5,300€. 1st Year: 7,200€ in Montpellier & Lille; 7,700€ in Paris.Years 2-5: 8,200€ in Montpellier & Lille; 8,700€ in Paris per year.
Head of animation: Carine Poussou
Head of admissions: Marc Sellier
Time of year offered: September-June
Application deadline: May 2022
Equipment available: Fully equipped digital lab room (computers, Cintiq tablets) and art labs. Render farm for CG rendering. Professional shooting equipment (photography, film, lighting, sound recording). Grading/editing suites. Movie theater (Lille / Montpellier). Shooting studio (Lille / Montpellier).
Notes: French RNCP Level 7 Degree : Equivalent to a master's degree, recognised by French authorities. European ECTS credits are provided for most of our curriculums. More information on ArtFX website.



Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, Dorset, U.K.
Phone: +44 1202-533-011



Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Dublin, Ireland
Phone:  00353 1 626-9421



BAU Design College of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 93 415 34 74



Bellecour École
Lyon & Rhône, France
Phone: +33 478 929 283; +33 988 288 127



Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, U.K.
Phone: +44 (0)1202 961916
Degrees/Certificates offered: BA (Hons) Computer Animation Art & Design; BA (Hons) Computer Animation Technical Arts; BA (Hons) Visual Effects; BSc (Hons) Virtual & Augmented Reality; MA 3D Computer Animation, MA Digital Effects, MSc Computer Animation & Visual Effects, MSc Artificial Intelligence for Media
Number of students in animation program: Various
Cost of program: Various
Head of animation: Richard Southern
Time of year offered: September
Application deadline: Various
Equipment available: Our facilities include a range of industry-standard equipment and technology to support our students’ studies, including a greenscreen studio, virtual production facilities and computer labs equipped with high-end animation and games PCs and Apple Macs. All are installed with industry-standard software including Nuke, Maya and Houdini and the latest graphics cards. These produce the highest quality of interactive and immersive experiences using computer game engines, such as Unity and Unreal Engine. Take a virtual tour:
Notes: The National Centre for Computer Animation has been at the forefront of computer graphics and animation education and research in the U.K. since 1989. The aim of the NCCA is to promote science in the service of the arts and to embed a theoretical underpinning within a contemporary professional setting, allowing graduates to leave BU with highly sought-after skills in the computer animation, visual effects and computer games industries.



Buckinghamshire New University
High Wycombe, England, U.K.
Phone: 01494-522-141; +44 330 123 2023



(Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education)
Dublin, Ireland
Phone: 01 848 1400; + 353 1848 1400



ECAS (École Cartoucherie Animation Solidaire)
Bourg-Lès-Valence, France
Phone: +33 4 28 08 02 06
Education offered: Eight-month course in 3D animation; the curriculum covers 3D character design, learning animation software, preparing backgrounds and working in a creative team, as well as art history classes on the world of animation and its key classical works. In late 2021, TeamTO and House of Cool expanded the curriculum to include a course on Storyboarding.
Number of students in animation program: 30 in animation / 15 in storyboard
Cost of program: Free of charge
Head of animation: Carole Toledo
Head of admissions: Ludovic Guerin
Time of year offered: Eight months
Application deadline: TBC
Notes: ECAS is a non-profit, free-of-charge animation school established by TeamTO in 2018. The training program is open to candidates with no previous qualifications or experience, selected entirely on the basis of their natural ability and talent, assessed through a simple on-line test accessible with a browser, smartphone or tablet. The top 100 contenders are then subjected to further, more sophisticated testing and a personal interview to select the final 30 candidates.



Lyon / Montpellier, France |
Phone: Lyon: +33 (0)4 78 37 22 32 / Montpellier: +33 (0)4 67 63 01 80
Email: /
Degrees/Certificates offered: CG Animation & FX Master Degree
Number of students in animation program: 1,000 (300 at Lyon)
Cost of program: 7,380 euros per year
Head of animation: Florence Putzola / Baptiste Lebouc
Head of admissions: Isabelle Teissedre / Nathalie Repiquet
Time of year offered: September to June over four years.
Application deadline: Applications can be submitted throughout the year. (June 2022 at Lyon)
Equipment available: Computer rooms equipped with professional software; auditoriums; video projectors; large TV screen connected to the teacher's workstation; lighted tables; photographic equipment: camera, mobile photo studio; post-production software installed on all computer stations; Renderfarm Production pipeline.



London, England, U.K. / Online
Phone: +44 (0)203 441 1303; +44 (0) 203 733 7172



Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Ludwigsburg, Germany
Phone: +49 7141 969 82851
Degrees/Certificates offered: Diploma
Number of students in animation program: 100
Cost of program: 1500 euros per semester for international students
Head of animation: Andreas Hykade
Head of admissions: Beate Pfennigwerth
Time of year offered: Fall
Application deadline: February 15
Equipment available: Animationsinstitut offers facilities with state-of-the-art technology. All students have their own workstation (Windows, OSX, Linux) with all current software packages as well as special project-based solutions. Full HD, Digital Cinema and 3D Stereo are standard formats. The students have an OptiTrack motion-capture system, Ncam system, VR headsets, as well as a 3D printer at their disposal. They also have access to all of the Filmakademie's infrastructure (film studios, equipment pool, etc).



IDEA Academy
Rome, Italy
Education offered: We are a private institution that does not release degrees. We do however make sure our students have outstanding portfolios and we actively help them out in launching their professional career.
Number of students in animation program: 10
Cost of program: 1750€ per module (three modules total)
Head of animation: Anthony Christov
Head of admissions: Andrea De Dominicis
Time of year offered: Fall to Summer
Application deadline: Before the beginning of each module
Equipment available: For our animation students we offer Toon Boom Harmony Pro and Syncsketch licenses during the duration of the course.
Notes: We offer both 2D animation and visual development programs.



IDEA Academy
Rome, Latium, Italy
Phone: 0039 0642013420



L'IDEM Creative Arts School
Le Soler, France
Phone number: +33 468 92 53 84



ISART Digital
Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 48 07 58 48



Lightbox Academy
Madrid, Spain
Degrees/Certificates offered: Two-Year Training Programs (from elementary to advanced), Doble Máster in: Animation, 3D Modeling, VFX, Illustration & Concept Art, Motion Graphics, Video Games.
One-Year Training Programs (from elementary to advanced), Máster Superior in: 3D Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Modeling & Animation, 3D Modeling & VFX, VFX, Motion Graphics, Illustration & Concept Art, Video Games.
Five-Month Elementary Training Programs, Máster in: 3D Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Modeling with Maya, Organic Modeling with  ZBrush, Blender, VFX, FX with Houdini, Video Games, Unity, Unreal, Illustration & Concept Art, Storyboard, Motion Graphics.
Five-Month Advanced Training Programs, Máster Avanzado in: 3D Animation, 2D Animation, 3D Modeling, VFX, FX with Houdini, Video Games, Illustration & Concept Art, Motion Graphics.
One- to Four-Month Specialized Training Courses: Rigging, Layout for Film, 3ds Max, Lighting, Nuke, Composition in Nuke (Advanced), Production for Animation, Creature Design, Vehicle & Weapon Design, Environment & Matte Painting, Character Design, After Effects, Cinema 4D.
Two-Month High-Specialization Courses: Animation, Rigging, Lighting, Set & Props.
Number of students in animation program: 15 face-to-face students and five online students (per class). 290 total students in 2022.
Cost of program: 8,000€ per year
Head of animation: Enrique Gato
Head of admissions: Juan Nieto
Time of year offered: September to August
Application deadline: No deadline.
Equipment available: Workstation NVIDIA GeForce AMD Ryzen Threadripper 24 core and two RTX 3090 de 24GB. PC Azken with AMD Ryzen 3,70 GHz, Ram 32 GB and RTX 1060 GB. PC Azken with Intel Core i7 AMD Ryzen 3,40 GHz, Ram 16 GB and RTX 1060 GB. PC Azken AMD Ryzen 3,70 GHz, Ram 16 GB and RTX 2060 GB Wacom Cintiq. 3D printer.



Luca School of Arts
Genk, Belgium
Phone: +32 89 30 08 50; + 32 2 250 11 00



Lucerne School of Arts and Design
Emmenbrücke, Lucerne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 41 248 6464
Degrees/Certificates offered: Preparation Course, BA in Animation, MA in Animation
Number of students in animation program: 30/Year BA, 8/Y MA
Cost of program: appr. 2.000CHF/Y
Head of animation: Prof. Juergen Haas
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: Fall Semester
Application deadline: Feb. 18, 2022
Equipment available: 2D: TV Paint and Toon Boom, 20 workstations. CGI: Almost all software available, focus in Blender, 25 workstations; 40 Cintiqs. Stop Motion: Workshop and studios for at least five sets, motion control. Sound studio, foley pit, greenscreen studio.



Met Film School
London, U.K.
Phone: +44 20 8280 9119



Arles, France
Phone: +33 (0) 4764 18322
Degrees/Certificates offered: Ecole MoPA offers a five-year state-accredited advanced diploma in 3D animation divided into two Study Cycles.
Study Cycle 1 (three years) provides acquisition of artistic and cinematographic foundations and 3D skills/mastery of the animated film production process. Drawing, sculpture, character design, film analysis, storyboard, scriptwriting, video, rigging, sound design, acting for animation, animation software (ZBrush, V-Ray, Nuke, Substance, Marvelous, etc.). Cycle 1 culminates in the production of a solo one-minute film by each third year student.
Study Cycle 2 has students specialize in the fourth year on image production or 3D animation and they deepen their skills in those areas with tools such as Maya, Arnold, Yeti, Speedtree and Houdini. The fifth year graduation films are completed in groups, a project that spans the academic year. MoPA student films are regularly selected for and awarded prizes in international festivals such as Siggraph, The Academy Awards, VES Awards, Monstra, etc, with the 2020 graduation film Louis’ Shoes notably recently winning the Student Academy Awards.
Number of students in animation program: 250
Cost of program: EU students: between 5,800 euros to 8,210  euros per year depending on the cursus year. Non-EU students please enquire directly for up to date fees.
Heads of animation: Anne Brotot
Head of international admissions: Catriona Murray
Time of year offered: Academic year starts September and ends in June/July
Application deadline: Entrance exam pre-registrations generally open in Nov./Dec. and sessions continue into Jan./Feb.
Equipment available: The students at MoPA have studio-like equipment. Each student has a computer, loaded with 3ds Max, Maya, Nuke, Substance, Houdini, Marvelous and more. A render farm adds to the calculating power necessary to produce student works. Screening/conference room, sound recording master suite, image mastering suite, visual and plastic arts studio.
Notes: Recent MoPA alumni are currently working as: Houdini FX artist, animator, lighter/compositor, character animator, character rigger, creature FX, FX lead, look developer, storyboard artist, concept artist, previs, surfacing artist, TD, et al. Alumni have worked on productions like Man of Steel, His Dark Materials, The Grinch, The Swallows of Kabul, Life of Pi, Despicable Me, Zombillenium, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Dark Mirror and many, many more.



National Film School
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 239 4000



National Film and Television School
Beaconsfield, England
Degrees/Certificates offered: MA Directing Animation, Model Making for Animation Diploma
Number of students in animation program: 12
Cost of program: Fees for January 2023 will be confirmed in June.
Head of animation: Robert Bradbrook
Head of admissions: Registry Department
Time of year offered: January
Application deadline: July 7, 2022
Notes: Led by some of the most talented artists from across the animation industry, the course combines art school philosophy with state-of-the-art film school facilities. Students create their projects within a workshop environment that inspires experimentation and creativity. You will gain the skillset required to write, direct and animate films, graduating with a portfolio of outstanding work that will provide a showcase for the relevant techniques and knowledge required for successful employment.
All forms of visual storytelling are encouraged and nurtured; giving you the opportunities to work across traditional and digital media including drawn 2D, 3D, stop-motion and life-size pixilation. Students feel empowered to push boundaries; confident in finding their own unique voice, while exploring original new animated techniques and fresh approaches to storytelling. Our Model Making for Animation Diploma is the only U.K.-based model making course located in a dedicated film studio environment.



Odd School
Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: + 351 21 820 6397



Pearson College
London, U.K.
Phone: 44 (0) 203 4411 303
Degrees/Certificates offered: MA 3D Animation
Number of students in animation program: Eight per intake
Cost of program: London Campus: £17,995 Live Online: £15,450
Head of animation: Alex Williams
Head of admissions: Antonella Manchisi
Time of year offered: September 26, 2022
Application deadline: September 12, 2022
Equipment available: Autodesk Maya



Pulse College
Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 478 4045



Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth, Devon, U.K.
Phone: 01752 203434
Degrees/Certificates offered: BA (Hons) Animation & Games, Film & Screen Arts, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration.
BA (Hons) in: Commercial Photography, Costume Production, Craft & Material Practices, Creative Technologies, Fashion Communication, Fashion Design, Interior Design & Styling, Media & Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, Painting, Drawing & Printmaking, Photography, Sound Arts, Textile Design.
Number of students in animation program: 30
Cost of program: From £9,250 per year
Head of animation: Martial Bugliolo
Head of admissions: Carolyn Deeming
Time of year offered: September and January
Application deadline: Multiple
Equipment available: Immersed in a working animation and game arts studio, you’ll be surrounded with industry-standard 2D, 3D and stop-motion equipment and software such as VR-ready Alienware computers for 3D renders, Wacom Intuos Pro tablets and large Cintiq drawing tablets. We offer regular one-to-one tutorial support throughout your study, while lectures from visiting industry experts enable you to make the transition from student to professional. Recent visits include Industrial Light & Magic, Dot To Dot Productions, BAFTA-winning King Rollo Films and Aardman Animations.
You’ll be encouraged to use all of the resources available to you – including the 6,000 pieces of kit that are free to hire from our exceptionally well-stocked Equipment Resource Centre. Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to keep in contact and help support you through the first two years of your career.
Students in the School of Arts + Media make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, greenscreen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.



Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound
Brussels, Belgium
Degrees offered: Bachelor in Audiovisual Arts: Animationfilm (three years); Master in Audiovisual Arts: Animationfilm (one year)
Cost of program: 300€ - 1,000€
Head of animation: Frits Standaert
Head of admissions: Katrien Fauville
Time of year offered: October 2022 - June 2023
Application deadline: Session 1: June 19, 23:59h – Session 2: August 21, 23:59h -
Equipment available: 2D animation: Traditional pen and paper (first part of the first bachelor); Cintiqs and TVPaint. 3D animation: Maya and Blender. Stop-motion: Dragonframe; camera, lights, studio. General: Adobe Suite, life drawing and graphic design, concept & scenario, basic compositing, etc.
Additional notes: Info Day 2022 on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00-16:00. Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, 1000, Brussels. – Digital open door sessions:



Valenciennes, France
Phone: +33 3 61 10 12 20
Degrees/Certificates offered: Five-year degree of Digital Director in 3D Animation (equivalent to a Master degree). Diploma certified by the French State at Level 7 of the RNCP.
Number of students in animation program: 235
Cost of program: 8,250€ / year (three years of Bachelor) - 9,500€ / year (two years of Master) Heads of animation: Pierre Lebert (Bachelor) / Philippe Meis (Master)
Head of admissions: See website
Time of year offered: From September to June + internship period in the summer (depending the year of study)
Application deadline: February 2022
Equipment available: All the equipment necessary for the learning are provided by the school (PC, software, renderfarm, etc.)



The Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź
Łódź, Poland
Phone: +48 42 254 74 08



University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
Farnham, Surrey, U.K.
Phone: Undergraduate & Postgraduate: +44 (0)1252 416110 | International & E.U. Applicants: +44 (0)1252 892838
Email: |
Degrees/Certificates offered: Animation BA (Hons), Games Animation BA (Hons), Virtual & Augmented Reality BA (Hons), Visual Effects BA (Hons). All accepting entry for 2022/3.
Number of students in animation program: 183
Cost of program: £9,250 per year (2022/23 academic year) for U.K. students, £16,950 for International students.
Head of animation: Lesley Adams
Head of admissions: Sarah Simms
Time of year offered: Various – degrees begin in September.
Application deadline: May 22, 2022 for September 2022 entry and January 26, 2023 for September 2023 entry.
Equipment available: Animation facilities include stop-motion studio with Dragonframe capture software, Canon DSLRs and professional camera stands, and stages pre-rigged with grips, stands and lights. Studios feature individual workstations, light boxes, Wacom tablets, line testers and batch scanners. Macs have the full Adobe Creative Suite as well as Toon Boom and Maya CG software, while there’s also sound and editing suites on campus.
Notes: If you are looking to make your mark as an animator, illustrator or computer animation artist, UCA's BA and MA animation degrees will help you get there. You might see your future as a director, storyboard artist, book illustrator or character designer – whatever your ambitions in this dynamic field, our courses will give you the tools and confidence you need.
As you study, you'll link up with students on other courses to collaborate on exciting projects and competitions, and benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of visiting lecturers and industry experts. Working in our state of the art suites and studios, you'll use the latest software and innovations to create your work. Over the years, UCA has taught some of the biggest names in the industry, including BAFTA-winner Grant Orchard, Golden Globe winner Chris Butler and the co-creator of Peppa Pig, Mark Baker.



University of Gloucestershire
Cheltenham, U.K.
Phone: +44 (0)1242 714700



University of Luxembourg Competence Centre
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg



University of Technology, Arts and Design
Madrid, Spain
Degrees/Certificates offered: On Campus: BFA in Animation (Spanish or English), BA in Game Design (Spanish or English), BFA in Digital Design, BS in Computer Science (Spanish or English), Double BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, Double BS in Computer Science and Physics. MA in 3D Character Animation, MA in Compositing for VFX, MA in Rigging and CFX, Expert Course in Character Design, MA Production Direction for Animation, VFX and Videogames, MFA in Game Art, MA in Game Design, MS in Game Programming. BS in Graphic Computing, Simulation, VR and AR, MS in Big Data.
Online: BFA in Animation, BS in Computer Science, MA in 3D Character Animation
Number of students in animation program: 650
Cost of program: US$11,000 per year
Head of animation: José Antonio Rodriguez
Head of admissions: José García Romero
Time of year offered: Fall
Application deadline: September 2022
Equipment available: Traditional and digital art labs. Traditional Drawing classrooms and Sculpture Studio, 120 Cintiqs, mocap equipment, VR Labs, Photography Studio.
Software includes Adobe Suite, Autodesk Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Unity, Unreal, Nuke, ZBrush and Shotgun, Microsoft Office.
Notes: Located in Madrid, capital of Spain, U-tad was opened by the founders of Pyro Studios and Ilion Animation Studios in 2011. It is a higher education institution focused on educating students for the creative and technological industries. We rank in the top six worldwide and number one in Spain in game education per Gameschool rankings, and top 10 in Software Engineering in Spain per SEDEA rankings. We have a practical education model based on project development. We have 1,500 students in the different areas and 250 teaching faculty, of which 80% are active industry professionals.
Our students have won over 100 awards in five years, including Annie Award winner for Best Production Design María Pareja (Wolfwalkers) and Best Animator Annie nominee Andrés Bedate (The Willoughbys). 12 Playstation Awards, four SXSW, two Game Lab Awards and six Fun & Serious Awards. Our students work in major companies like ILM, Disney, Sony Imageworks, MPC, Double Negative, Animal Logic, Weta, Ubi Soft, Splash Damage, Epic Games, King and many key entertainment companies.



UWE Bristol
Bristol, U.K.
Degrees/Certificates offered: BA (Hons) Animation This practice-based production degree not only develops your creative flair but also provides you with highly sought-after technical skills. Learn through making using industry-standard equipment. Practical work is balanced by theoretical study, work experience and research activities, all designed to prepare you for work in a commercial environment. Live briefs, work-based placements and networking events support your transition into professional practice.
Number of students in animation program: 168
Cost of program: Home students: £9,250 per year; International students: £14,250 per year
Head of animation: Ian Friend
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: September
Application deadline: January 26
Equipment available: We use Maya, ZBrush and Substance Painter for 3D CG. Toon Boom Harmony, TVPaint and Adobe Creative Suite for 2D. Dragonframe and Adobe After Effects for stop-motion production. All delivered in our state of the art production studios fitted with top spec computers, Cintiqs and professional stop-motion work stations.



Vigamus Academy
Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 366-413-9390; + 39 06 6177 4482

Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide & Perth, Australia



Azpire Education Society
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Phone: (911) 210-6555



De La Salle College of Saint Benilde
Manila, Philippines
Phone: (632) 230-5100; + 63 2 8230 5100



The Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science
Chung-Ang University
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Phone: 400-44187566



iNurture Education Solutions
Multiple Campuses, India
Phone: +91 80-4257-6666



Lasalle College of the Arts
Phone: +65 6496-5000



Ngee Ann Polytechnic
School of Film & Media Studios
Phone: +65 64608430; +65 6466 6555



Zee Institute of Creative Art, Pune
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Phone: (911) 210-4555
Degrees/Certificates offered: Certified Courses of Zee Learn's Zee Institute of Creative Art. We also offer Degree programs in Animation.
Number of students in animation program: 10-15
Cost of program: 30,000 to 300,000
Head of animation: Ms. Deepti B
Head of admissions: Mrs. Ashiwni F
Time of year offered: All year round
Equipment available: State of the art Training Classrooms with projectors, Online Lectures on Zoom platform.




Griffith Film School
Griffith University
Brisbane, Queensland
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Animation with Honors. Master of Screen Production
Number of students in animation program: 280
Cost of program: 31,000AUD per year for internationals.
Head of animation: Dr. Peter Moyes
Head of admissions
Time of year offered: Trimester 1 intake (March)
Application deadline: No set deadline; enough time for visa, travel and orientation.
Equipment available: Four computer labs running Windows on Mac hardware; Wacom tablets; software: Adobe Suite, Toon Boom, Maya, etc.; motion-capture facility; stop-motion facility; soundstage; audio record/edit suites. We are a Toon Boom Center of Excellence (free home licenses for students).



Media Design School
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9-303-0402



North Metropolitan TAFE
Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia
Degrees/Certificates offered: Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation & Visual Effects), Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation & Visual Effect), Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation & Visual Effect), Certificate III in Screen and Media (Animation)
Number of students in animation program: 60
Cost of program: AUS $15,000
Head of animation: Tanya Beeson
Head of admissions: Tom Drummond
Time of year offered: January and July
Application deadline: Sem. 1 - January 5, 2022 | Sem. 2 - June 8, 2022
Equipment available: High-end PC labs for 3D Animation and Visual Effects, high-end PC labs with Cintiq monitors for 2D Animation and drawing, sound recording studio, 18 camera Motion-Capture Studio, Animation Studio for industry projects.



North Metropolitan TAFE
Perth, Western Australia
Degrees/Certificates offered: Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation & Game Art), Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Art & Animation), Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Art & Design)
Number of students in animation program: 140
Cost of program: Approx. AU$5,000 for local students
Head of animation: Ryan Goggin
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: February or July intakes
Application deadline: December
Equipment available: PC labs, Cintiq displays, digital content creation software (Maya, ZBrush, Unreal Engine, Unity, Substance Painter, Photoshop, After Effects, Toon Boom Harmony, Fusion & Da Vinci Resolve)



Rising Sun Pictures in conjunction with the University of South Australia (UniSA)
Adelaide, South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8400 6400
Fax: +61 8 8400 6401
Degrees/Certificates offered: Graduate Certificate in FX and Lighting (accredited through UniSA), Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Lighting (accredited through UniSA), VFX Specialization as part of the UniSA Bachelor of Film and Television (spend the last year of the degree training at Rising Sun Pictures), Hard Surface Modeling (elective course as part of UniSA Bachelor of Film and Television), Look Development and Lighting (elective course as part of UniSA Bachelor of Film and Television)
Number of students in animation program: 36 - 90 per semester
Cost of program: Refer to UniSA website for undergraduate and post-graduate course costs:
Head of animation: Anna Hodge, Manager of Education and Training
Head of admissions: Dr. Josh McCarthy:
Time of year offered: February (Study Period 2) and July (Study Period 5)
Application deadline: Refer to the UniSA admissions website:
Equipment available: Courses are delivered at the Rising Sun Pictures studio, so students utilize the Linux Operating System and the following industry standard software: Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Silhouette, 3DEqualizer, Substance Painter, Arnold Renderer, Shotgun, Wacom tablets.


Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia
Degrees/Certificates offered: Various levels of courses in the areas of Games and Animation: Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Games and Interactivity, Bachelor of Games and Interactivity/Bachelor of Animation (Double Degree), Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation), Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation), Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
Number of students in animation program: Various
Cost of program: Various; see degree/course webpages for cost details.
Head of animation: Steven Murdoch
Head of admissions:
Time of year offered: Varies by course/degree; the primary student intake commences March. Application deadline: Various; see admissions website.
Equipment available: Windows and Mac workstations, Wacom Cintiq technology labs, stop-motion animation studio and fabrication workshop, render farm, motion-capture and volumetric capture studios. Up-to-date industry standard animation and creative software. A broad range of animation, film and creative equipment available for free student loan.
Swinburne is an Adobe Creative Campus, Wacom Authorized Training Center and Toon Boom Center of Excellence.

Animation Campus
Montevideo, Uruguay / Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. / Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone: +598 2712-6799



Art&Cia Animation School
Meireles, Brazil
Phone: +55 85-3023-7201; +55 85-98820-7775



School of Design & Communication
Montevideo, Uruguay & Online
Phone: +598 2710-3373



Duoc University Chile
Santiago, Chile
Phone: +2 2999-3862



International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños
San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
Phone: +53 47-383152



Faculdade Melies
São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: (115) 573-1095
Degrees/Certificates offered: Onsite and online programs: Undergraduate -3D Animation, Games, Design. Post-Graduate - 2D Animation, Visual Effects, Game Art, Executive Production.
Number of students in animation program: 600
Cost of program: US$4,500/year
Head of animation: Joao Luis Boldrini
Head of admissions: Robert Schues
Time of year offered: February and August
Application deadline: January and July
Equipment available: Computers and tablets for each student.
Notes: Providing professionals for the industry since 2005, Melies contributes to the animation industry because of our main goal: "Teach the most highly skilled professionals for the job market."



ORT University Uruguay
School of Communication & Design
Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone: +598 2902-1505


Westbridge University
Mexico City, Mexico & Online
Phone: +55 4161-1501; (650) 285-3200





Excelsior Community College
Kingston, Jamaica
Phone: (876) 928-5070
Fax: (876) 938-0747



The University of Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain
Phone: (868) 759-3777
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA In Digital Media Arts with specialization in animation, game art and music technology.
Number of students in animation program: 20 per year
Cost of program: 10,000 US per year
Head of animation: Camille Selvon Abrahams
Head of admissions: Corisia Warner
Time of year offered: September
Application deadline: Open
Equipment available: Cintiq Lab, Green Screen Studio, Stop Motion Lab, Render Farm
Notes: The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Media Arts program has been developed for students with a passion for Animation or Music Technology who want a hands-on, industry-oriented program, supported by a curriculum that is geared toward the international industry, values our national and regional cultural context and has a strong practical emphasis. It will provide a pathway to new opportunities and encourage students to acquire critical skills locally. The students of the programme will be equipped to independently perform idea development, design, execute, produce, and complete the delivery of complex media projects for local and global mass media, utilizing industry standard practices and procedures.



University of the West Indies
Phone: (876) 977-0898
Fax: (876) 977-1597
Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA Animation
Number of students in animation program: 30
Cost of program: US$6,500 per year for three years
Head of animation: Chevonnese Chevers Whyte
Head of admissions: Dr. Donovan Stanberry
Time of year offered: September and January
Application deadline: January for September start and November for January start
Equipment available: Computers, Cintiq drawing tablets, Intuos drawing tablets, industry-specific software
Notes: The BFA in Animation at the School of Media and Communications at the University of the West Indies, Mona is a generalist program. Students are exposed to drawing courses, 2D animation, 3D animation and motion graphics.



Learn 3D
Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 262 5115; +27 11 326 1520



Minshar for Art
Tel Aviv, Israel
Phone: (972) 368-7090
Fax: (972) 368-7090



3D Training Institute
New York, NY, U.S.A.
Phone: (877) 746-4338; (212) 967-7777



Academy of Animated Art
Phone: (614) 657-6715



Animation Apprentice
London, U.K.
Degrees/Certificates offered: Online MA in Animation offered in partnership with Buckingham New University
Number of students in animation program: 150
Cost of program: £3,000
Head of animation & admissions: Alexander Williams
Time of year offered: Quarterly
Application deadline: Various
Equipment available: Students provide their own hardware.



Animation Mentor
Emeryville, CA, U.S.
Phone: 1-877-326-4628
Degrees/Certificates offered: We offer a certificate of completion to students who complete our 6th Core Animation Course, Feature Animation Acting & Polish.
Number of students in animation program: 500
Cost of program: Our six Core Animation Courses each cost $2,499 USD.
Heads of admissions: Tim Evitt & Mars Quiroz
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: Quarterly application deadlines
Equipment available: Animation Mentor students learn using our proprietary online campus, exclusive feedback tools, and real-world production pipeline
Notes: While our headquarters are in Emeryville, CA, we're an online school and teach students from across the globe. Established in 2005, Animation Mentor is the original, online animation school. Our students learn directly from working industry professionals – with more instructors from major studios than any other school – and get the one-on-one time they need to prepare for a successful career in the Animation Industry. Animation Mentor students learn using our proprietary online campus, exclusive feedback tools and real-world production pipeline. Animation Mentor has an alumni community of over 5,000 students in over 105 countries, now working in world-class studios like Pixar, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Laika, Weta and many more.



Animation Resources
Pacoima CA
Phone: (818) 492-4934
Education offered: Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing self study material to the worldwide animation community. If you are a creative person working in animation, cartooning or illustration, you owe it to yourself to be a member of Animation Resources.
Cost of program: $70-$95 membership
Head of animation: Stephen Worth
Head of admissions: Paul Anderson
Time of year offered: All year
Application deadline: None
Equipment available: Every other month, Animation Resources shares a new Reference Pack with its members. They consist of ebooks packed with high resolution scans, video downloads of rare animated films set up for still frame study, as well as podcasts and documentaries —  all designed to help you become a better artist.
Notes: About the Collection: The Animation Archive database of Animation Resources consists of biographical information, images and filmographic data culled from a variety of sources. In a remarkably short span of time, the collection grew to contain over 6,000 digitized animated films and over 125,000 high-resolution images. These assets are searchable by keywords, and all of the data is cross-linked within the database structure.



Provo, UT
Phone: (801) 765-7677
Degrees/Certificates offered: Accredited Certificates in 3D Animation, 3D Character (modeling and rigging)
Number of students in animation program: 400+
Cost of program: ~$11,600
Head of animation: Manuel Bover
Head of admissions: Joshua Little
Time of year offered: Quarterly (January, April, July, October)
Application deadline: Two weeks before term begins



CG Master Academy
Online Worldwide



CG Spectrum
Degrees/Certificates offered: 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Game Art & Animation, Real-Time 3D Technical Art & Virtual Production, 3D Modeling, Game Design, Game Programming, VFX Compositing, Houdini FX, Concept Art, Digital Illustration
Number of students in animation program: 230
Cost of program: $7,999
Head of animation: Scott Claus
Head of admissions: Elena Zavitsanos
Time of year offered: Monthly intakes
Application deadline: 25th of each month
Equipment available: Software is provided by the school. Courses are 100% online so students must have their own equipment.
Notes: CG Spectrum is an online animation, VFX, digital painting and game development school offering specialized career training and mentorship from film and game industry professionals. Ranked in The Rookies Top 50 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Art Schools in the World, the school offers beginner to advanced animation courses. Small class sizes (four students max) or 1-on-1 private mentorship are available. CG Spectrum is a Toon Boom Authorized Training Center, Unreal Authorized Training Center, Unreal Academic Partner and a SideFX Houdini Certified School.



CGTarian Animation & VFX Online School
Vilnius, Lithuania



Phone: (801) 784-9007



School of Journalism
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Phone: (517) 432-2634
Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Arts in Digital Storytelling - Animation Concentration; Animation and Comics Storytelling in Media Minor
Number of students in animation program: 300
Cost of program: In-state tuition, full time: $14,914
Head of animation: Professor Stacey Fox
Head of admissions: Ann Hoffman - College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Time of year offered: Year-round Including Summer Session
Application deadline: Early Nov. 1, Regular Feb. 1, Rolling after Feb. 1
Equipment available: All animation courses are online. Most students work from their own laptops. Labs are available on campus with Maya and Toon Boom software. Digital Storytelling Majors with animation concentration have access to sign out digital filmmaking kits, editing rooms and Broadcast studios.
Notes: Our focus is on providing students with a well rounded foundation in animation. All animation courses are online with each course offered twice a year. Fall or Spring and every Summer. 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Stop-Motion Animation and Scoring for Moving Pictures are offered for the animation minor and concentration. Individual animation courses and the minor are open to any MSU student with no prerequisites.


Silver Drawing Academy
Los Angeles, CA
Degrees/Certificates offered: Character Design
Number of students in animation program: 400
Cost of program: $29 - $998
Head of animation & admissions: Stephen Silver
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: None
Equipment available: Online Learning Platform



Studio Arts
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Phone: (323) 227-8776
Fax: (323) 227-8775
Degrees/Certificates offered: Skills Mastery Certificates in: Compositing and Visual Effects, Computer Animation, Digital Illustration, Digital Set Design, Graphic Design, Virtual Production, VR/AR
Number of students in animation program: 300+
Cost of program: Ranges from $400 per class to $7,500 for Skills Mastery Program
Head of animation: Shish Aikat
Head of admissions: Eric Huelsman
Time of year offered: Four quarters per year; Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Application deadline: One month prior to quarter start
Equipment available: Computer workstations in classrooms All instruction is online



Vertex School
Austin, TX, U.S.
Degrees/Certificates offered: Animation Program, Game Art Program
Number of students in animation program: 10
Cost of program: $6,742
Head of animation: Ryan Kingslien
Head of admissions: Jean-Marc Verite
Time of year offered: Year-round
Application deadline: Next deadline is April 25, 2022
Equipment available: Students should have their own animation software.
Notes: All of our programs and courses are online only. We do not currently offer an in person location.



Visual Arts Passage
Phone: (323) 366-7053


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