Animation in Illinois

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Schools Offering Animation Programs in Illinois


Each year, approximately 0.1% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in animation. Thus, Illinois' 19 animation schools put out approximately 258 animators each year.

Top Schools

Elmhurst College, which is located in Elmhurst, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a animation program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 3 students graduated from Elmhurst College's animation program. Elmhurst College charged in-state students $28,660 in tuition fees per year.

North Central College, which is located in Naperville, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a animation program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. Students at North Central College paid $28,224 per year in tuition fees.

Greenville College, which is located in Greenville, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a animation program. It received a ranking of 45th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 17 students graduated from Greenville College animation program. Greenville College charged in-state students $20,924 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Animation schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $16,078 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $28,858 per year, or as little as $2,744 per year. The Illinois animation schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year
  2. Elmhurst College - located in Elmhurst, students are charged $28,660 per year
  3. North Central College - located in Naperville, students are charged $28,224 per year

The animation schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. McHenry County College - located in Crystal Lake, students are charged $2,744 per year
  2. Moraine Valley Community College - located in Palos Hills, students are charged $3,006 per year
  3. City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College - located in Chicago, students are charged $3,010 per year

An animation degree from an Illinois school... what next?

A large number of Illinois animation graduates become animators. 970 animators were working in Illinois in 2010. The largest populations of Illinois animators are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 760 animators
  2. Champaign County - 40 animators
  3. Menard County

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of animators in the state of Illinois will grow to 1,880. This would require a 10% growth in the profession.

Salary

An animator in Illinois earns $59,310 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. animators in Illinois had varying salaries from $19,400 to $95,380 per year in 2010. On average an animator earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Cook County - $62,850 per year
  2. Champaign County - $50,870 per year
  3. Menard County - $38,930 per year

On average, animators earns the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Menard County - $38,930 per year
  2. Champaign County - $50,870 per year
  3. Cook County - $62,850 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in animation. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as computer animation or design.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Animation in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animation in Illinois
  • Certificate in Animation in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Graphic Designers 9,870 $51,220 28.0%
2
Multimedia Artists and Animators 970 $59,310 26.0%
3
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 350 $47,600 -18.6%
 

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