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International Education & Career Guide 2017


International Education & Career Guide 2017

International Career and School Guide






Centre for Digital Media

Vancouver, BC Canada

Phone: (778) 370-1001

Fax: (778) 370-1020


Degrees/Certificates offered: Master of Digital Media Program

Number of students in animation program: 55

Cost of program: Approx. CAD $35,951.24 total for domestic students; CAD$53,629.24 total for international students

Head of animation: Richard Smith

Head of admissions: Yasmeen Awadh

Time of year offered: September

Application deadline: February 15

Equipment available: Tuition costs include a MacBook Pro and all required hardware and software, custom course material and group activities.

Notes: Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students work closely with clients and peers on team-based, industry supported digital media projects. This experience allows graduates the know-how and confidence to work at the highest level across all sectors as creators, producers, innovators or entrepreneurs.



Centre NAD

Universite de Quebec a Chicoutimi

Montreal, QC, Canada

Phone: (514) 288-3447 x 415

Fax: (514) 288-5799




College Boréal

Sudbury, ON

Phone: (705) 560-6673, (800) 361-6673

Fax: (705) 560-1511




NBCC MIramichi Campus

Miramichi, NB, Canada

Phone: (506) 778-6000


Degrees/Certificates offered: Two-year diploma program in Animation and Graphics



Seneca College

Toronto, ON

Phone: (416) 491-5050




Sheridan College

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Phone: (905) 845-9430


Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Animation 4-year degree; Computer Animation post-graduate certificate; Digital Creature-Technical Direction post-graduate certificate launching Fall 2017; Visual Effects post-graduate certificate

Number of students in animation program: 568 combined

Cost of program: Bachelor of Animation $9,903 CAD, $26,166 International; Computer Animation $13,106 CAD, $22,009 International; Visual Effects $13,548 CAD, $22,419 International

Head of animation: Angela Stukator

Head of admissions: Linda Dalton

Time of year offered: Fall, Computer Animation also has a January intake

Application deadline: February 1 for Fall, until 5th day of classes for January intake

Equipment available: Wacom Cintiq tablet displays HP Z Workstation computers with 24” professional monitors; Down-shooting cameras for paper animation; Extensive stop-motion animation studio spaces Macbook pros with stop-motion cameras paired with professional machine forged stop-motion armatures; Large format Epson scanners; A professional quality sound recording booth as well as an open access foley and sound recording room; An extensive render-farm for rendering Computer Generated Animation; State of the art servers



Think Tank Training Centre

North Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 990-8265, (888) 990-8265




Vancouver Film School

Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 685-5830, (800) 661-4104






(Vancouver Institute of Media Arts)

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone: (604) 682-2787

Fax: (604) 684-2789


Degrees/Certificates offered: One-Year Diplomas and 1-week Summer Intensives: 2D/3D Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects for Film & Television .Please see our website for a complete list of programs.

Number of students in animation program: 40

Cost of program: $25,750 CAD – $37,750 CAD

Head of animation: Wayne Gilbert

Head of admissions: Nancy Hu

Time of year offered: March and September

Application deadline: Rolling Admissions (4-6 months before start date is best)

Equipment available: Students in all programs have their own personal workstation for the year. Animation Program: Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Yiynova tablets, animation desks, pencil test & scanning station, sound booth. Game Art & Design: Maya, ZBrush, Unity, Unreal, Python, MotionBuilder, Facial Motion Capture, Oculus Rift. Visual Effects: Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Python, Arnold, VRay, green-screen, DSLR cameras/camera rigs, lighting, studio space.





Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA, USA

Phone: (800) 544-2787

Fax: (415) 628-6287


Degrees/Certificates offered: Accredited AA, BA, BFA, BS, B.ARCH., MA, MFA, and M.ARCH. degree programs in more than 30 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs, professional development, certificates, and teacher grants. Classes are available in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Art Teaching Credential, Automotive Restoration, Costume Design, Drone Production, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Styling, Fashion Visual Merchandising, Fine Art, Game Development, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design (Transportation, Toy, & Product Design), Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Social Media, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Virtual Reality, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media, Web Development, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media.

Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most areas of study.

Number of students in animation program: 1300

Cost of program: $873 per undergraduate unit

Head of animation: Chris Armstrong

Head of admissions: Bill Tsatsoulis

Time of year offered: All semesters

Application deadline: Prior to each semester’s start date.

Equipment available: In the largest green screen in Northern California, you’ll use real-time composite monitors and a full array of lighting equipment, including grid lighting, scrims, gel frames, green props, key lights, and more to bring your creations to life. Use the latest high-end PC and Mac workstations, along with Cintiq tablets, scanners, and a large format printer. Edit and process video with Mac workstations with Final Cut Pro for input and output, a control room for production and high-end transfers, and rent cameras, lenses, and lighting kits for all your assignments in our video lab. Record voice-over tracks and sound effects in our industry-standard sound booth.

Notes: Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH., M.ARCH.) and CTC (California Teacher Credential).



Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Lafayette, LA | Seattle, WA

Phone: LA: (337) 456-1848; WA: (206) 428-6350

Fax: LA: (337) 232-0790; WA: (206) 428-6354



The Animation Academy

Burbank, CA, USA

Phone: (818) 848-6590


Certificates offered: Character Design, Visual Development, StorySketch. Fast-track programs available for Certificate students (completion in less than one year).

Number of animation students: 75

Cost of program: $495 for first class, $395 to continue

Head of animation & admissions: Charles Zembillas

Time of year offered: Year-round, bi-monthly semesters

Application deadline: New students accepted monthly

Notes: The Animation Academy has been a leader in art education for animation since 1998. We’re located in the heart of capital of the industry in Burbank, California.

We focus on developing strong artistic fundamentals as they apply to animation especially in the areas of Character Design, Production Design and Intellectual Property Development. Many of our students have gone on to great creative success and are at the top of the field.

We are certified by the CSATTF for vocational training with four unions in the Entertainment Industry.

Short term classes with intensive training means you can progress rapidly with your art. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss getting you to the next level of your creative excellence.



The Animation Collaborative

Emeryville, CA




The Art Institutes

Campuses nationwide

Phone: (888) 624-0300



The Bakshi School

Silver City, NM

Phone: (575) 534-9291




Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ

Phone: (973) 748-9000



Boston University

Center for Digital Arts

Waltham, MA

Phone: (781) 209-1700




Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah, USA

Phone: (801) 422-8773


Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA

Number of students in animation program: 80

Cost of program:

Head of animation & admission: Kelly Loosli

Time of year offered: Fall start date

Application deadline: April 1 and August 1

Equipment available: Three labs running 2D and 3D equipment and software, plus one screening space.



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 (CalArts)

Valencia, CA, USA

Phone: (661) 255-1050

Fax: (661) 253-7710




California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA, USA

Phone: (657) 278-3471




California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA, USA

Phone: (818) 677-2242




Capilano University

North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone: (604) 983-7516




Cañada College

Redwood City

Phone: (650) 306-3330

Fax: (650) 306-3282


Degrees/Certificates offered: Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement in 3D Animation & Video Game Art Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement in Digital Art & Animation Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement in Web Design

Number of students in animation program: Approx. 150

Cost of program: $46/unit. Most courses are 3 units each.

Head of animation: Paul Naas

Head of admissions: Ruth Miller

Time of year offered: Fall and Spring

Application deadline: Students may enroll up to and including the first day of classes.

Equipment available: Three labs: Digital Art lab – 15 PCs and 15 iMacs running complete Adobe Creative Suite; Intuos tablets 3D. Animation lab – 24 iMacs running complete Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, and Toon Boom Harmony; Cintiq 13HD and Intuos tablets. Traditional Animation lab – 29 Acme-style discs with two shooting stations running DigiCel Flipbook (all software is the latest release); Lulzbot Taz and Ultimaker 3D printers; Canon EOS 70D and GoPro cameras.

Notes: Cañada College’s award-winning Digital Art & Animation program trains students in the skills they need to transfer to a four-year program or move directly into the games and animation industry. Cañada’s location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area and low cost per unit makes it uniquely positioned to allow students to pursue their educational and professional goals. All Digital Art & Animation faculty are industry experienced, and have worked at Pixar, Disney, Electronic Arts, and Wild Brain, among others. Alumni from the Digital Art & Animation department have gone on to work at DreamWorks, Disney TV Animation, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Sledgehammer Games, Big Fish, and many more. Students have transferred to programs at San Jose State, Cal State Northridge, Chico State, and Woodbury University, among others.



Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Orange, CA, USA

Phone: (714) 997-6885


Degrees offered: BFA in Digital Arts; character animation curriculum includes training for animating in live action, VR and gaming environments

Number of animation students: 100

Cost of program: $48,310 per year plus course fees

Head of animation: Bill Kroyer (Prof., Director, Digital Arts Program)

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: February 15

Equipment available: 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. The Digital Media Arts Center (DMAC), opened in 2014, has a 4K projection 110-seat theater, a VFX lab with dual monitors and 4K stereoscopic workflow, an insert stage for motion capture and green-screen work, and a North-lit art studio with benches, sink, and model stand. Industry standard animation software packages, including Maya, 3DS Max, Toon Boom, AfterEffects, MARI, and Nuke among others.

Notes: Dodge College considers its industry connections to be the most “cutting edge” advantage our students enjoy. Students have toured most major facilities, including Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, ILM, Blizzard, Activision, 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 includes Tim Miller, 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. We have a comprehensive resource of admission information on our website.



Clemson University

Digital Production Arts

Clemson, SC, USA




Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland, OH

Phone: (216) 421-7000




Cogswell College

San Jose, CA, USA

Phone: (800) 264-7955


Degrees/Certificates offered: BA Digital Art & Animation, BS Digital Audio Technology, BA Digital Media Management, BA Game Design Art, BS Game Design Engineering, BS Digital Arts Engineering, BS Software Engineering

Number of students in animation program: 253

Cost of program: Approx. $9,548

Head of animation: Karen Keister

Head of admissions: Aaron Kark

Time of year offered: Fall, Spring & Summer semesters

Application deadline: No deadline

Equipment available: Computers with license for Maya, Unity, & other professional tools. Extensive mentor network of industry experts. Small class sizes.



College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

Phone: (630) 942-2000




Columbia College

Interactive Arts & Media

Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 369-7130




Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus, OH

Phone: (614) 224-9101




Daemen College


Phone: (716) 839-8225

Fax: (716) 839-8229


Degrees/Certificates offered: Animation, B.F.A.

Number of students in animation program: 52

Cost of program: 2016-2017 tuition: $26,400

Head of animation: Scott Holmes

Head of admissions: Frank Williams

Time of year offered: Year round

Application deadline: Rolling

Equipment available: We have three fully equipped animation studios. Each studio has Dell precision computers, dual monitors and the latest animation software including Toon Boom Harmony and Maya. We also have a Cintiq lab equipped with 9 Wacom Cintiqs

Notes: A unique feature of our program is its dual focus on traditional drawn animation and the latest in computer graphics animation, with a heavy emphasis on strong narrative storytelling stemming from the student’s unique personal perspective. The program is structured to meet the demands of a modern animation studio. All of the software and curriculum is aligned with current production techniques. All of the professors are working industry professionals. We have a full HD screening room with surround sound that seats 65. Our students have gone onto to work in the industry at such companies as Brown Bag Films and Fisher-Price.



DePaul University

College of Computing and Digital Media

Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 362-8714

Fax: (312) 362-5185




DigiPen Institute of Technology

Redmond, WA, USA

Phone: (866) 478-5236

Fax: (425) 558-0378




The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School

(DAVE School)

Orlando, FL

Phone: (407) 224-3283

Fax: (407) 224-5648




Digital Media Arts College

Boca Raton, FL

Phone: (561) 391-1148

Fax: (561) 998-3430




Donna Grillo Voiceover Services

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Phone: (323) 684-5005




East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA, USA

Phone: (323) 265-8650




Edinboro University

Edinboro, PA, USA

Phone: (814) 732-2000




Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 844-3800, (800) 832-7788




Ex’pression College

Emeryville, CA

Phone: (877) 833-8800




Ferris State University

Grand Rapids, MI

Phone: (616) 451-4777

Fax: (616) 451-4720




Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Phone: (336) 734-7342

Fax: (336) 734-7352




Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Phone: (800) 226-7625, (407) 679-6333





Los Angeles, CA, USA

Phone: (323) 466-6663




Grossmont College

Digital Art Program

El Cajon, CA

Phone: (619) 644-7000



The Guildhall at

Southern Methodist University

Plano, TX

Phone: (214) 768-4278




Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

Phone: (413) 559-5471, (877) 937-4267




Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna Beach, CA USA

Phone: (949) 376-6000

Fax: (949) 715-8084


Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA: Animation, Creative Writing, Drawing + Painting, Drawing + Painting with Sculpture Emphasis, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports Emphasis, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Illustration Emphasis, Illustration, Illustration with Drawing + Painting Emphasis, Illustration with Entertainment Emphasis, Illustration in Entertainment Design. Post-Baccalaureate: Drawing + Painting. MFA: Art of Game Design, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting Certificate: Animation, Drawing + Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media and Game Art.

Number of students in animation program: 150

Cost of program: $29,800 per year

Head of animation: Sean Bishop

Head of admissions: Christopher Brown

Time of year offered: Fall and Spring

Application deadline: August 1st

Equipment available: Our Animation program is dedicated to training exceptional storytellers who understand the entire process of filmmaking from script to screen. Students develop their abilities in traditional animation with classic artistic skills and then enhance that knowledge with fluency in the latest digital tools. LCAD’s Animation faculty is comprised of experienced industry professionals who help our students bring characters to life in their own unique styles.



Lansing Community College

Lansing, MI

Phone: (517) 483-1957; (800) 644-4522




Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Phone: (617) 349-8800




Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

Van Nuys, CA

Phone: (818) 708-9232




The Los Angeles Film School

Los Angeles

Phone: (323) 860-0789


Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Science degrees in Animation & Visual Effects, Game Production & Design, Digital Filmmaking, Film Production, Entertainment Business. Associate of Science degrees in Computer Animation, Music Production, Recording Arts, and Film.

Number of students in animation program: 169

Cost of program: Associate of Science in Computer Animation: $44,420 Bachelor of Science degree in Animation & VFX: $76,820

Head of animation: Joffery Black

Head of admissions: Brian Belliveau

Time of year offered:

Application deadline: Open enrollment all year

Equipment available: Students receive their own laptop computer and software package, complete with the full Adobe Creative Suite collection, Pixologic ZBrush and Microsoft Office, so they can create animated masterpieces from anywhere.

Notes: Surrounded by the Hollywood entertainment industry, our animation students gain access to premier industry-standard tools, including Wacom Cintiq tablet displays over the course of their curriculum. We host special screenings and Q&A’s in our 347-seat theatre that include extraordinary guests such as Moana Animation Supervisor Malcon Pierce, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Environment/Texture Artist Jacob Norris, and more.



Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA USA


Degrees/Certificates offered: B.A., Animation

Number of students in animation program: 78

Cost of program: $40,680

Head of animation: Tom Klein, Chair

Head of admissions: Radia Alouache

Time of year offered: Fall

Application deadline: January 15

Equipment available: Maya, Nuke, After Effects, Animate, Unity, DragonFrame, Houdini, TVPaint, Toon Boom, Photoshop, ZBrush, Storyboard Pro, among others. Traditional animation drawing desks for classical first-year instruction. Motion Capture system, Visual Cinematography, and Stop-Motion lab. Industry standard software on workstations with Cintiqs available in Mac lab, PC lab, and a Senior Thesis lab. QUBE render farm and all classrooms interconnected by high-speed Isilon network.



The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television

Tisch School of the Arts

New York University

New York, NY

Phone: (212) 998-1779

Fax: (212) 995-4062




Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design

Toronto, ON, Canada

Phone: (416) 703-6877

Email: (416) 703-3930

Degrees/Certificates offered: Diploma in: Classical and Computer Animation & Production; Illustration for Sequential Arts; Comic Books & Graphic Novels; Concept Art for Video Games and Animation. Certificate in: Traditional Fine Art Skills & Portfolio Development.

Head of animation: Tina Seemann

Time of year offered: Maxine Schacker

Application deadline: September-May

Equipment available: Computers



Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN

Phone: (612) 874-3700; toll free (800) 874-6223




MSU School of Journalism

East Lansing, MI, USA

Phone: (517) 355-6430

Fax: (517) 355-7710


Degrees/Certificates offered: Minor in Animation & Comics in Storytelling Media

Number of students in animation program: 425

Cost of program: Dependent on in state or out of state residency

Head of animation: Professor Stacey Fox

Head of admissions: Ann Hoffman

Time of year offered: Year round

Application deadline: Nov. 1 and May 1

Equipment available: Motion Capture Studio; 2D and 3D Animation Studio; Game Design Studio; Mac and PC computers; Cintiq Tablets; HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts; 360 Cameras; Audio Recording Studio; Broadcast TV Studio.



New York Film Academy

New York, NY

Phone: (212) 674-4300

Fax: (212) 477-1414




Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA

Phone: (310) 665-6800, (800) 527-6847




Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Lancaster, PA

Phone: (800) 689-0379

Fax: (717) 396-1339




Philadelphia University

Philadelphia, PA

Phone: (215) 951-2800, (800) 951-7287





Platt College San Diego

San Diego, CA, USA

Phone: (619) 265-0107

Fax: (619) 308-0570


Degrees/Certificates offered: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts (emphasis 3D), Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts (emphasis Digital Video Production/EFX), Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts (emphasis Web Design). Diploma: Graphic Design Specialized; Diploma: 3D Modeling & Design; Advanced Specialized Diploma: 3D Modeling & Design; Specialized Diploma: Digital Video Production/EFX; Advanced Specialized Diploma: Digital Video Production/EFX; Specialized Diploma: Web Design; Advanced Specialized Diploma: Web Design.

Number of students in animation program: 25

Cost of program: Determined on Diploma/Degree

Head of animation: David Bittorf

Head of admissions: Steve Gallup

Time of year offered: Every five weeks

Equipment available: MAC & PC, Maya, ZBrush, Nuke, Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.



Pratt Institute

New York, NY

Phone: (718) 636-3600




Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI, USA

Phone: (401) 454-6233


Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA Film/Animation/Video

Number of students in animation program: 140

Cost of program: $46,800

Head of animation: Dennis Hlynsky / Amy Kravitz

Head of admissions: Edward Newhall

Time of year offered: Fall/Winter/Spring

Application deadline: February 1

Equipment available: The RISD labs support Apple computers. Each student has their own Adobe CC account, Maya is the main 3D software. Audition and Protools are used to edit and mix sound. The workflow students use often begins with physical processes followed by digitized artwork with a camera using Dragonframe software. Cintiq tablets and a variety of film/video cameras are also used for acquisition. RISD also has substantial stop motion offerings. RISD’s extended resources include the Nature Lab, Library, and maker spaces.



Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Phone: (941) 351-5100


Degrees/Certificates offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in: Computer Animation, Creative Writing, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Photography. Bachelor of Art in: Business of Art and Design, Visual Studies.

Number of students in animation program: 250

Cost of program: $39,510 per year tuition

Head of animation: Jim McCampbell

Head of admissions: Jim Dean

Time of year offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Application deadline: January 15

Equipment available: 21,000 sq. ft. facility 13,000 core render farm HP Z840 computers with Titan X pascal graphics cards.



Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Imaging Arts & Sciences

Rochester, NY

Phone: (585) 475-6175




Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Denver, CO

Phone: (303) 753-6046, (800) 888-ARTS




San Francisco State University

San Francisco

Phone: (415) 338-1879

Fax: (415) 338-0906


Degrees/Certificates offered: Animation Minor BA Cinema Major MFA Cinema

Number of students in animation program: 50

Cost of program: $3,300

Head of animation:

Head of admissions:

Time of year offered: Fall

Application deadline: November 30

Equipment available: Four Mac Labs, Cintiq lab, Soundstage, Blue/Green Screen Rooms. 2D, 3D & Effects Animation Software: TV Paint, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush. Five Stop-Motion Rooms: DragonFrame, DSLR Cameras, Lighting Kits Audio & Editing: Protools Recording & Mixing Suites, Audio Kits & Mics, Foley Room, Color Correction Suite.

Notes: Admission to the program is by portfolio review. We emphasize foundations and auteur filmmaking. Students apply animation to experimental, documentary and fiction filmmaking. Internships at DreamWorks, Pixar, ILM and other Game and Commercial Industries. Students and recent graduates produce award winning films, gain acceptance into prestigious MFA programs, and gain employment at Disney, Laika Studios, Pixar, ILM, DreamWorks, Gaming Studios and Commercial Studios.



San Jose State University

San Jose, CA, USA

Phone: (408) 924-4340


Degrees offered: BFA Animation, Illustration

Number of animation students: 466

Head of animation: David Chai

Time of year offered: Fall admissions only

Equipment available: PC & Mac computer labs, Cintiqs, pencil test labs.



Santa Monica College

Design Technology Department

Santa Monica, CA

Phone: (310) 434-3700





Atlanta & Savannah, GA, USA; Hong Kong

Phone: (800) 869-7223




Silver Drawing Academy

Sun Valley, CA

Phone: (818) 773-2440




Smorgasbord Productions Animation Collaboration

Los Angeles, CA

Phone: (213) 925-9918




Studio Arts

Los Angeles, CA

Phone: (323) 227-8776





(School of Visual Arts)

New York, NY

Phone: (212) 592-2100


Degrees/Certificates offered: BFA, MFA

Number of students in animation program: 400

Cost of program: $19,000 per semester, some additional fees

Head of animation: Reeves Lehmann

Head of admissions: Javier Vega

Time of year offered: Sept. to May

Application deadline: Feb. 1

Equipment available: Software: Toon Boom Harmony; Storyboard Pro; TVPaint; Complete Adobe Animation Suites; Dragonframe; ProTools. Hardware: 22″ CINTIQs, Cannon Digital SLR; 4 fully equipped digital Cintiq Labs.

Notes: Internships available; Career Strategies Class (4th yr.)



The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

Phone: (215) 717-6049, (800) 616-ARTS




University of California Los Angeles

School of Theater, Film and Television

Animation Workshop

Los Angeles, CA

Phone: (310) 206-8441




University of Central Florida

School of Visual Arts & Design

Orlando, FL

Phone: (407) 823-2676

Fax: (407) 823-6470




University of Southern California

School of Cinematic Arts

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Los Angeles, CA |

Phone: (213) 821-4396

Fax: (213) 740-5869




Webster University

School of Communications

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 968-7154

Fax: (314) 963-6924




Woodbury University

Burbank, CA, USA

Phone: (818) 252-5149

Fax: (818) 394-3305







Animation Campus

Montevideo, Uruguay

Phone: +598 2712-6799




Art&Cia Animation School

Meireles, Brazil

Phone: +55 85-3023-7201





School of Design & Communication

Montevideo, Uruguay

Phone: +598 27103373




Duoc University Chile

Santiago, Chile

Phone: 800-215-001




ORT University Uruguay

School of Communication & Design

Montevideo, Uruguay

Phone: +598 2902-1505



Westbridge University

Mexico City, Mexico

Phone: 1328-1818







Animationsinstitut at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

Ludwigsburg, Germany

Phone:  0049 7141 969 82 800


Degrees/Certificates offered: Students receive the Filmakademie’s diploma upon completion of their chosen specialization in Animation or Interactive Media. The following specializations are on offer: Concept Artist Animation/Effects Directing, Character Animation, Effects Artist Animation/Effects Producing, Technical Directing, Transmedia/Games Directing, Transmedia/Games Producing, Transmedia/Games Artist.

Number of students in animation program: 126

Cost of program: At the time of printing, the Animationsinstitut charges only a service fee of 135,60€

Head of animation: Prof. Andreas Hykade

Head of admissions: Beate Pfennigwerth, Registrar’s Office

Time of year offered: Winter term, i.e. courses start in autumn.

Application deadline: February 15 for Basic Studies; May 15 for Project-Based and Lateral-Entry Studies

Equipment available: Animationsinstitut offers facilities equipped with state of the art technology. All students have their own workstations which are provided with all current tools as well as special project-based solutions. Students at the Institute are able to make use, among others, of a digital screening room equipped with 3D Stereo and an Optitrek Motion Capture- and NCam-System. Furthermore, they have access to the Filmakademie’s entire infrastructure which includes a digital 4-K cinema fitted with a Dolby Atmos sound system.

Notes: Postal Address: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg Animationsinstitut, Akademiehof 10, 71638, Ludwigsburg.



The Animation Workshop

Viborg, Denmark

Phone: +45 8755-4900

Fax: +45 8755-4901





Arts University Bournemouth

Poole, Dorset, U.K.

Phone: +44 1202-533-011

Fax: +44 1202 537 729




Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Dublin, Ireland

Phone:  00353 1 626 9421

Fax: 00353 1 626 6754




Buckinghamshire New University

High Wycombe, England


Degrees/Certificates offered: Online MA in 3D animation, delivered in partnership with Animation Apprentice. BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects

Number of students in animation program: 100

Cost of program: £6,750 approx.

Head of animation: Rob Penhaligon

Head of admissions: Savannagh Gibbs

Time of year offered: April and September

Application deadline: 15 January for UG courses. For MA, apply up to one month before commencement date.

Equipment available: Buckinghamshire New University has a state-of-the-art campus with modern equipment including green screen, sound mixing booths and motion capture. Online students must provide their own hardware and software.

Notes: Buckinghamshire New University offers the world’s first Online MA in 3D animation, delivered in partnership with Animation Apprentice.




Montpellier, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon – FRANCE


Degrees/Certificates offered: Professional Degree in CG Animation and Special Effects, validated at Master level by the French RNCP

Number of students in animation program: 500

Cost of program: 6,850€ per year

Head of animation: Gérard Raucoules

Time of year offered: 9 months – 4 years

Application deadline: May 30

Equipment available: ESMA brings ideal work conditions. The school offers its students all the necessary equipment for their learning. In addition to many professional software available within the school (Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Renderman, Yeti, etc.), high-performance workstations are at everyone’s disposal as well. The classrooms are organised to meet all the needs the students may require. Also, art studios and computer rooms are specifically dedicated to arts.




Link Campus University

Vigamus Academy

Rome, Italy

Phone: +39 366-4139390




Luca School of Arts

Genk, Belgium

Phone: +32 89 30 08 50




Met Film School

London, U.K.

Phone: +44 20 8280 9119




National Film School

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dublin, Ireland

Phone: 00353 1 2394000

Fax: 00353 1 2394700




Pulse College

Dublin, Ireland

Phone: 00 353 1 4784045


Degrees/Certificates offered: BA (Hons) Degree in Animation

Number of students in animation program: 25

Cost of program: 10,710 Euro Per Academic Year (International Student fee)

Head of animation: David Williams

Head of admissions: Sarah Walsh

Time of year offered: September start

Application deadline: August 1

Equipment available: Hardware: Top of the line PCs, Wacom Tablets, Oculus Rift, Ultimaker 3D Printers. Software: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Pro-tools, F-Mod.





Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide & Perth, Australia




CG Protege Animation School


Phone: +65 6473-7502

Fax: +65 6795-4961




De La Salle College of Saint Benilde

Manila, Philippines

Phone: (632) 230-5100





Griffith University

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Phone: +67 7 3735 7111




iNurture Education Solutions

Multiple Campuses, India

Phone: (800) 103-9703





Lasalle College of the Arts


Phone: +65 6496-5111




Media Design School

Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: +64 9-303-0402

Fax: +64 9 303 0646




Ngee Ann Polytechnic

School of Film & Media Studios


Phone: +65 64608430




Savannah College of Art and Design

Hong Kong

Phone: (852) 2253-8000






Learn 3D

Johannesburg, South Africa

Phone: (411) 326-1520






3D Training Institute

New York, NY

Phone: (877) 746-4338




Animation Apprentice



Degrees/Certificates offered: Online MA in 3D Animation. Master of Arts

Number of students in animation program: 85

Cost of program: £3,000 (approx $3,600)

Head of animation & admissions: Alexander Williams

Time of year offered: 6 times a year

Application deadline: 1 week prior to entry

Equipment available: Students are responsible for their own hardware and software.

Notes: We offer the world’s first online MA in Animation, delivered in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.



Animation Mentor

Emeryville, CA

Phone: (877) 326-4628





Orem, UT, USA

Phone: (801) 765-7677


Degrees/Certificates offered: Certificate in 3D Animation, Certificate in 3D Character (modeling & rigging)

Number of students in animation program: 250

Cost of program: $540 per month

Head of animation: Manuel Bover

Head of admissions: Joshua Little

Time of year offered: January, April, July, October

Application deadline: January, April, July, October



CG Master Academy (CGMA)

Online Worldwide




CGTarian Animation & VFX Online School

Online | Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone: +370 65 905 905





Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 601-4806






Phone: (614) 657-6715




Vancouver Animation School

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone: (604) 612-1171



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