Computer Animation in California

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Schools Offering Computer Animation Programs in California

Around 0.1% of California's graduates graduate from computer animation degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 1,001 computer animators graduate from California's 79 computer animation schools.

Top Schools

Cogswell Polytechnical College, which is located in Sunnyvale, is the top-ranked school in California that has a computer animation program. It received a ranking of 42nd in the country in 2010. 16 students graduated with a degree in computer animation from Cogswell Polytechnical College in 2010. The tuition rate at Cogswell Polytechnical College was $18,924 per year.

Loyola Marymount University, which is located in Los Angeles, is the second-ranked school in California that has a computer animation program. It received a ranking of 63rd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Loyola Marymount University graduated 12 students from its computer animation program. Students at Loyola Marymount University paid $36,622 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in California with a computer animation program is Video Symphony EnterTraining Inc, which is located in Burbank. In 2010, it was ranked 64th nationwide. 19 students graduated with degree in computer animation from Video Symphony EnterTraining Inc in 2010. Video Symphony EnterTraining Inc charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


Computer animation schools in California, charge students an average tuition of $7,192 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $36,622 per year, or as little as $648 per year. The California computer animation schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Loyola Marymount University - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $36,622 per year
  2. California College of the Arts - located in Oakland, students are charged $35,222 per year
  3. Art Center College of Design - located in Pasadena, students are charged $32,168 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California computer animation schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. College of the Redwoods - located in Eureka, students are charged $648 per year
  2. Crafton Hills College - located in Yucaipa, students are charged $651 per year
  3. Santa Monica College - located in Santa Monica, students are charged $652 per year

A computer animation degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from computer animation school in California go on to work as a computer animator. In 2010, there were 8,440 computer animators working in California. The California counties with the largest populations of computer animators are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 4,460 computer animators
  2. Marin County - 1,700 computer animators
  3. San Benito County - 560 computer animators

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 27,100 computer animators will be working in California state. This would require the number of computer animators to grow by 8%.


On average, a computer animator earns a salary of $74,560 per year in California state. However, this number is only an average. computer animators in California had varying salaries from $25,320 to $119,890 per year in 2010. On average a computer animator earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. San Benito County - $81,360 per year
  2. Los Angeles County - $76,920 per year
  3. Alameda County - $74,190 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for computer animators:

  1. Riverside County - $53,070 per year
  2. San Diego County - $60,060 per year
  3. El Dorado County - $63,350 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in computer animation and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as design or computer animation.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Computer Animation in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Animation in California
  • Master's Degree in Computer Animation in California
  • Certificate in Computer Animation in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,768 miles from location Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA n/a n/a n/a
7,787 miles from location Norco College Norco CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,817 miles from location East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 16.3274 n/a 35,717
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,835 miles from location Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA 14.1706 n/a 32,313
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,800 miles from location Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA 19.4628 n/a 29,935
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,951 miles from location De Anza College Cupertino CA 24.9068 n/a 25,191
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,807 miles from location Fullerton College Fullerton CA 17.0593 n/a 22,469
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,936 miles from location Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA 17.2076 n/a 21,951
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,873 miles from location Sierra College Rocklin CA 19.1068 n/a 20,688
7,777 miles from location Grossmont College El Cajon CA 14.8513 n/a 20,335
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,818 miles from location Glendale Community College Glendale CA 16.4257 n/a 16,781
7,849 miles from location Moorpark College Moorpark CA 19.4776 n/a 16,393
7,806 miles from location Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 16.6671 n/a 15,705
7,958 miles from location Academy of Art University San Francisco CA 16.3007 n/a 15,413
7,770 miles from location San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 10.4241 n/a 14,916
7,871 miles from location Ventura College Ventura CA 19.7881 n/a 14,395
7,815 miles from location Golden West College Huntington Beach CA 14.783 n/a 13,978
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,951 miles from location West Valley College Saratoga CA 18.357 n/a 12,893
7,945 miles from location San Jose City College San Jose CA 11.6946 n/a 12,364
7,939 miles from location Ohlone Community College Fremont CA 14.992 n/a 11,695
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,826 miles from location Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar CA 11.514 n/a 10,792
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,833 miles from location Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA 37.1994 25% 9,015
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,970 miles from location College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 14.2499 n/a 7,634
7,959 miles from location Canada College Redwood City CA 12.0827 n/a 7,280
7,961 miles from location College of Marin Greenbrae CA 10.9857 n/a 7,066
7,949 miles from location Berkeley City College Berkeley CA 14.3092 n/a 6,945
7,759 miles from location Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA 12.6601 n/a 6,380
7,760 miles from location Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA 10.7394 n/a 6,342
7,824 miles from location Westwood College-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 10.2416 n/a 3,968
7,764 miles from location Palo Verde College Blythe CA 9.84469 n/a 3,516
7,834 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles Santa Monica CA 22.3446 96% 2,159
7,786 miles from location The Art Institute of California-San Diego San Diego CA 28.3821 99% 2,040
7,816 miles from location Art Center College of Design Pasadena CA 27.1992 63% 1,945
7,949 miles from location California College of the Arts Oakland CA 23.8644 24% 1,828
7,768 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 23.5197 100% 1,549
7,959 miles from location The Art Institute of California-San Francisco San Francisco CA 22.6532 89% 1,462
7,783 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-San Diego San Diego CA 16.5657 100% 1,430
7,768 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire San Bernardino CA 12.2161 99% 1,377
7,825 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Hollywood North Hollywood CA 28.2711 98% 1,256
7,806 miles from location Westwood College-Anaheim Anaheim CA 19.5416 n/a 1,206
7,788 miles from location Westwood College-Inland Empire Upland CA 16.988 n/a 1,140
7,951 miles from location Expression College for Digital Arts Emeryville CA 33.4325 100% 1,054
7,829 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Sylmar Sylmar CA 23.8331 100% 1,032
7,797 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-San Dimas San Dimas CA 22.9031 100% 1,030
7,828 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Torrance Torrance CA 19.0373 100% 980
7,810 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Orange Orange CA 21.194 100% 951
7,901 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Lathrop Lathrop CA 25.5462 100% 737
7,881 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova CA 17.7876 100% 731
7,892 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 12.8383 98% 704
7,825 miles from location Los Angeles Film School Los Angeles CA 28.3619 n/a 517
7,948 miles from location The Art Institute of California Sunnyvale CA 11.733 89% 504
7,806 miles from location Mt Sierra College Monrovia CA 17.6671 98% 465
7,868 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Oxnard Oxnard CA 18.8881 100% 442
7,781 miles from location Platt College-San Diego San Diego CA 23.2032 n/a 293
7,927 miles from location Laurus College San Luis Obispo CA n/a n/a 223
7,948 miles from location Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale CA 57.6914 63% 199
7,823 miles from location Video Symphony EnterTraining Inc Burbank CA 36.0462 100% 68

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Multimedia Artists and Animators + 8,440 $74,560 29.2%

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