Do you like animation and drawing? If you enjoy drawing, and are looking to make a career switch or start a career which really utilizes your artistic streak, a degree in animation may be what you need to get off on the right foot. However, there are a lot of these programs out there, and not all of them are created equal. Choosing the right school for you means finding a school with good educational credentials and good networking opportunities.
As you may already be aware, animation is a highly competitive field, and as such it is particularly important that your school be of rapport among those who hire animators. If you are looking to get a job at Disney-Pixar, for example, choosing the right program can go a long way in making a good impression on those working for the company. Some of the best schools to consider would be the programs at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of the Arts. These two schools are widely considered to have the most prestigious animation programs in the country, and, as a result, if you can find a way to enroll in these schools, you will likely be exposed to significantly better networking opportunities than if you were to go almost anywhere else.
The problem with Carnegie Mellon and the California Institute of the Arts, however, is that almost everybody is aware of their prestige. As a result, you will encounter significant competition to gain access to the schools. When you also factor in the high cost of attending these schools, it may be better to go after some of the lesser-known, but still high-quality, animation programs throughout the country. Numerous public, private, and for-profit universities offer these degrees. From the public sector, the University of Colorado in Denver offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on 3D Animation. BFAs are considered first professional degrees, and can therefore be a great way to start your career as an animator. From the for-profit sector, schools like DeVry University and Full Sail University offer good, hands-on experience in animation for those seeking to transition into the animation market.
There are numerous options for those seeking a degree in animation, and this is far from an exhaustive list. Consider it a starting point to a new career and happier you. Have one of our animation counselors contact you for free to learn more about their schools.
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