Studying Animation in schools, colleges and universities is becoming increasingly popular in America in recent years. This guide outlines the options available to you, and what to expect. Studying animation certainly sounds like a fun way to earn a degree, or other qualification, but it can really involve a lot of work, and careful thought should be given as to whether it is the right thing for you and your career goals. Austin, Texas has some of the best animation schools in the United States, a reflection of the fact that the city is becoming one of America’s prime locations for animation and digital media production. Austin Animation; who have clients that included multi-national corporations, the 3D Magic Factory; with its links to Hollywood, and Austin Animation Works are all major players in the world of 21st Century animation, and have all helped to make Austin a focus for innovation and enterprise that is recognized across America. There are few better places to start a career in animation than at one of Austin’s animation schools. Some of these schools, colleges and universities, to help you get ahead in the world of animation are shown below:
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christianity-based school, affiliated to the Baptist General Convention of Texas, located in Belton, about 60-miles from Austin. This university has nearly 3,000 students who study in a wide-range of liberal-arts programs including the Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics Design within its College of Business Information Technology and Systems for students who are interested in studying Computer Animation. Students majoring in the program will be required to minor in art and must also take a range of other courses such as computer 3D animation, computer 3D modeling, web design, digital video editing, various design courses, art history and computer imaging amongst other things. Consult the university’s website for more details.
Austin Community College
ACC has seven campuses across the city, and offers a range of animation programs within its Visual Communication (VisCom) department including Basic Graphic Design, Design Concepts, Computer Illustration, Color Theory for Design, Graphic Design, Commercial Art and Illustration, Digital Imaging, Basic Illustration and Advanced Animation. The college’s website can offer up to date information on all the courses that it can offer to prospective students of all backgrounds and experience.
Art Institute of Austin
The Arts Institute of Austin offers a program in Media Arts and Animation, where you can develop a strong foundation in drawing, design, and illustration in order to produce traditional 2-D formats. After the basics are learnt, you’ll move into computer generated 3-D formats that make characters and objects come alive, a point at which you have become an animator! Graduates are prepared to enter the world of employment to become animators, computer animators, digital media producers, special effects artists, background designers, computer artists, layout artists, or video game artists.
This is by no means a complete list, but is just to indicate just how much is out there, in Austin, to get animated about!