With a booming film and entertainment industry and hundreds of animation, game and VFX studios, Canada has become one of the world’s top places to earn an animation degree. Head to Toronto (Canada’s largest city), where you’ll find “The Harvard of Animation Colleges,” Canada’s largest art school, and North America’s premiere “career” animation school. You will also find numerous art and film schools that offer some of the world’s most competitive degree programs for animators.
2017 has been an exciting year for game design, with schools such as Bellevue University, Loyola University New Orleans, Eastern Kentucky University, and even Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University launching new degrees in everything from Simulation, Games and Animation to eSports. With 2018 fast approaching, several other schools have put the word out that they are still accepting applications for their new game programs. This means, if you haven’t found the right match yet, there’s still time to apply.
Animation programs are not what they used to be—and that’s a good thing. Many of today’s programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in so many areas outside of film and television you’ll lose count. Advertising, game design and development, public relations, marketing, web design, art direction, mobile apps, education, exhibitions, and even mathematical modeling and forensics are just a few.
Unique Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Animation and Game Design in the Midwest (East North Central) – Illinois and Indiana
The Midwest is made up of two large divisions—East North Central and West North Central. Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin comprise the East North Central Division and the West includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each area has its fair share of colleges and universities with the East leading the way. Nearly 700 Title IV degree-granting institutions are housed in the East North Central Division, compared to more than 500 in the West.
The good news about game design programs in the U.S. just keeps coming, so we are excited to announce the latest developments. First, making the biggest headlines for the Fall 2017 is Bellevue University, which launched a truly unique program that combines varsity sports and video games. And then there’s Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) which, on Halloween, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of an exciting games education partnership with Harvard and MIT’s edX.
A lot has happened in the world of animation programs over the last few weeks, so we’re eager to dive right in and report the latest developments. First, the application deadline for Indiana University’s brand new Media Honors Program has finally arrived. If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year. Next, the University of Edinburgh has introduced a new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Animation that welcomes students from abroad. And finally, Vancouver Film School (VFS) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of a unique collaborative program that leads to both a Diploma and BA in Film.
Unique Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs for Animation and Game Design in the Midwest (West North Central): Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
The U.S. Census Bureau says that the Midwest consists of two Divisions—East North Central and West North Central. The East North Central Division includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each Division in the Midwest region has its fair share of colleges and universities, and many of them offer exceptional art and design programs.
Can’t decide whether to major in Animation or Cinema? These days you don’t have to choose because today’s animation programs offer the opportunity to study multiple areas, so you’ll graduate with skills in more than one discipline. Students interested in Animation and Cinema may select a concentration or focus area, a minor or double major, a customized curriculum, or even a double degree. No matter which route you choose, each program will provide the education and training needed to qualify for positions in both Animation and Cinema.
The animation industry is crazy competitive these days, with more than 64,000 talented full-time artists working at studios, design firms, and creative agencies across the U.S. alone. Thousands more work part-time or independently in a range of creative industries, while others work in less common industries such as architecture, engineering, law and medicine. Though competitive and constantly evolving, students are finding ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. One way is to specialize in an in-demand area (or two).
Though the fall semester has already begun, you can still start applying to programs for Fall 2018. Besides the new game design program’s we’ve already told you about—Clemson’s MFA in Digital Production Arts (DPA), Staffordshire University’s BA in eSports, and EKU’s Minor in Game Content Creation among them, we managed to find a few others that just might take you to “another level.” We are happy to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) have launched several programs for aspiring game designers who aren’t afraid to aim high.