What is animation?

Animation is the art of creating the illusion of movement with a barrage of images that inform, entertain or tell a story.

What should I look for in an online animation school?

The best online animation schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online animation schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online animation school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online animation programs are available?

The following levels of animation degree online programs are available:

  • Online Animation Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Animation
  • Online Bachelor in Animation
  • Online Masters in Animation
  • Online PhD in Animation

How long does it take to get an online animation degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online animation degree depends on the level of animation degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Animation Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Animation Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Animation Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Animation Masters - 2 years
  • Online Animation PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online animation courses?

The coursework for an online animation degree is based heavily on the use of computers and the development of personal artistic skills, styles, and creativity.

  • Basic Computer Animation
    Computer animation is the now the gold standard in the animation industry. This course teaches students the methods and techniques behind basic computer animation so that they can function in a professional capacity.
  • Storyboard Creation and Workshop
    Without an interesting story a production will fall flat. This course covers the methodology of storyboard creation as well as hands on development.
  • Drawing and Design
    This course is fundamental to helping students develop their hands on artistic skills and creative musings.
  • Visual Effects
    Visual effects can make or break a movie or television production. What most people don't realize is that the majority of these effects are added by computer animators.
  • Video Game Animation
    Every video game in the market features animated cut scenes whether they are pre-rendered or real time. This course familiarizes students with basic video game animation through the use of specific examples which are dissected.

What areas of animation specialization are available?

Choosing the appropriate specialization for your animation degree can compliment your career artistic ability and potential. Some areas of specialization include:

  • Digital Design
  • Web Video Production
  • Video Game Modeling
  • 2D/3D Illustration
  • Motion Picture Effects

What can I do with an animation degree?

Animation is wildly popular among all age groups, gender and races; an animation degree will offer you many exciting career opportunities in the field of visual artistry. Some possibilities include:

  • Storyboard Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Character Designer
  • 2D and 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeler
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Compositor

What is a concept artist?

A concept artist is an individual that produces visualizations that are meant to give others and idea about what things should look like or an overall sense of what a project or its characters consist of.

What does a concept artist do?

Concept artists work with movie, television, video game or other types of production teams. They generally produce color sketches of characters, objects or locations based descriptions provided by the creators, or entirely from their own creative musings.

How much does a concept artist earn?

Most concept artists will earn around $70,000 per year on average. The demand for concept artists is low when compared to other career fields. However, those with much talent will always have work. The intense competition in this field is largely responsible for the poor job outlook.

How do I become a concept artist?

Becoming a concept artist requires talent, hard work/study, social networking and maybe a little bit of luck. Look for a schools/universities that have a specialized art and design program geared toward the film/video game industries. Most of these types of schools have excellent job placement rates among their graduates.

Animation Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
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Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL, 33132
http://www.mdc.edu/main/
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Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, TX, 77266
http://www.hccs.edu
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89146
http://www.csn.edu
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Austin Community College District
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX, 78752
http://www.austincc.edu
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Riverside Community College
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506
http://www.rcc.edu/
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Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85709
http://www.pima.edu
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East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA, 91754
http://www.elac.edu/index.htm
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American River College
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA, 95841
http://www.arc.losrios.edu/
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Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT, 84123
http://www.slcc.edu
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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
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Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
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City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94112
http://www.ccsf.edu
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Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA, 90405
http://www.smc.edu
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Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92706
http://www.sac.edu
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Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97219
http://www.pcc.edu
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Mt San Antonio College
1100 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA, 91789
http://www.mtsac.edu
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University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
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University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
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Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA, 90808
http://www.lbcc.edu
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Palomar College
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA, 92069
http://WWW.PALOMAR.EDU
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El Camino Community College District
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA, 90506
http://www.elcamino.edu
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Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA, 95822
http://www.scc.losrios.edu/
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College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137
http://www.cod.edu
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University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL, 60607
http://www.uic.edu/index.html/
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Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA, 91106
http://www.pasadena.edu
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Montgomery College
40 W. Gude Drive Suite 220
Rockville, MD, 20850
http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu
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Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401
http://www.santarosa.edu
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Fresno City College
1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA, 93741
http://www.fresnocitycollege.edu
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Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/
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De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA, 95014
http://www.deanza.edu/
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Collin County Community College District
4800 Preston Park Blvd.
Plano, TX, 75093
http://www.collin.edu
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Suffolk County Community College
533 College Rd
Selden, NY, 11784
http://www3.sunysuffolk.edu
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Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008
http://www.wmich.edu
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San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA, 92111
http://www.sdmesa.edu/
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Nassau Community College
One Education Dr
Garden City, NY, 11530
http://www.ncc.edu/
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Fullerton College
321 E Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA, 92832
http://www.fullcoll.edu
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Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA, 90601
http://www.riohondo.edu
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Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
http://www.dvc.edu
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Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA, 90650
http://WWW.CERRITOS.EDU
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Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA, 91910
http://www.swccd.edu
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College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA, 91355
http://www.canyons.edu
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Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH, 45402
http://www.sinclair.edu
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Chaffey College
5885 Haven Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91737
http://www.chaffey.edu
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Lansing Community College
419 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI, 48901
http://www.lansing.cc.mi.us
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Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA, 95677
http://www.sierracollege.edu
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Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS, 66210
http://www.jccc.edu
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St. John's University-New York
8000 Utopia Pky
New York, NY, 11439
http://www.stjohns.edu
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
900 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL, 62901
http://www.siuc.edu
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Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, CA, 92020
http://www.grossmont.edu/
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Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 W State St
Milwaukee, WI, 53233
http://matc.edu
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Los Angeles City College
855 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90029
http://www.lacitycollege.edu/
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Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA, 93109
http://www.sbcc.edu
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Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC, 28204
http://www.cpcc.edu
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Front Range Community College
3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, CO, 80031
http://www.frontrange.edu/FRCCTemplates/FRCC1.aspx?id=47
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New Mexico State University-Main Campus
2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM, 88003
http://www.nmsu.edu/
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Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA, 93305
http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/
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Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA, 94022
http://www.foothill.edu
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Richland College
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX, 75243
http://www.dcccd.edu
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San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.sdcity.edu/
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Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL, 60465
http://www.morainevalley.edu
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Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
1499 N State St
San Jacinto, CA, 92583
http://www.msjc.edu
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Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
http://www.DaytonaState.edu
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Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street
Omaha, NE, 68111
http://www.mccneb.edu
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Glendale Community College
1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA, 91208
http://www.glendale.edu
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University of California-Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA, 95064
http://www.ucsc.edu/
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Madison Area Technical College
3550 Anderson St
Madison, WI, 53704
http://matcmadison.edu
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Moorpark College
7075 Campus Rd
Moorpark, CA, 93021
http://www.moorparkcollege.edu/index.shtml
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Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA, 95003
http://www.cabrillo.edu
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Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA, 95823
http://www.crc.losrios.edu/
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Antelope Valley College
3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA, 93536
http://www.avc.edu
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Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ, 7738
http://www.brookdalecc.edu
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Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY, 14623
http://www.rit.edu/
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Cypress College
9200 Valley View
Cypress, CA, 90630
http://www.cypresscollege.edu
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Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA, 94105
http://www.academyart.edu
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Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA, 94545
http://www.chabotcollege.edu
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Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL, 60431
http://www.jjc.edu
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Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC, 27603
http://www.waketech.edu/
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San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA, 92410
http://www.valleycollege.edu
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Northwest Vista College
3535 North West Ellison Dr
San Antonio, TX, 78251
http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/default.asp
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East Tennessee State University
807 University Pky
Johnson City, TN, 37614
http://www.etsu.edu
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Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Rd
San Buenaventura, CA, 93003
http://www.venturacollege.edu/
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Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
http://www.wccnet.edu
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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, WA, 98007
http://bellevuecollege.edu/
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Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu
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Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI, 49307
http://www.ferris.edu/
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Laney College
900 Fallon St
Oakland, CA, 94607
http://laney.peralta.edu
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Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
http://www.ppcc.edu
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MiraCosta College
One Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA, 92056
http://www.miracosta.edu
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Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Rd
Victorville, CA, 92395
http://www.vvc.edu
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Butte College
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA, 95965
http://www.butte.edu
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Citrus College
1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA, 91741
http://www.citruscollege.edu
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West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA, 95070
http://www.westvalley.edu
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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division
1400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh
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Union County College
1033 Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ, 7016
http://www.ucc.edu
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Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR, 97405
http://www.Lanecc.edu
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San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA, 95128
http://www.sjcc.edu
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The Art Institute of Washington-Northern Virginia
21000 Atlantic Blvd Ste 100
Washington, DC, 20166
http://WWW.AMERICAN.EDU
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Delaware County Community College
901 S Media Line Rd
Media, PA, 19063
http://www.dccc.edu
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