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Schools Offering Animation Programs in Michigan

Each year, approximately 0.0% of Michigan graduates receive degrees in animation. Thus, Michigan's 16 animation schools put out approximately 134 animators each year.

Top Schools

Eastern Michigan University, which is located in Ypsilanti, is the top-ranked school in Michigan that has a animation program. It received a ranking of 38th in the country in 2010. 7 students graduated with a degree in animation from Eastern Michigan University in 2010. Students at Eastern Michigan University paid $8,378 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Michigan that has a animation program is College for Creative Studies. College for Creative Studies, which was ranked 70th in the country in 2010, is located in Detroit. In 2010, College for Creative Studies graduated 39 students from its animation program. Students at College for Creative Studies paid $31,275 per year in tuition fees.

Ferris State University, which was ranked 70th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Michigan that has a animation program. It is located in Big Rapids. In 2010, 38 students graduated from Ferris State University animation program. Students at Ferris State University paid $9,930 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of Michigan's animation schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $9,254 per year, though tuition can range from $31,275 per year to $2,104 per year. In 2010, the animation schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Michigan were:

  1. College for Creative Studies - located in Detroit, students are charged $31,275 per year
  2. ITT Technical Institute-Swartz Creek - located in Swartz Creek, students are charged $18,048 per year
  3. ITT Technical Institute-Wyoming - located in Wyoming, students are charged $18,048 per year

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

  1. Henry Ford Community College - located in Dearborn, students are charged $2,104 per year
  2. Lansing Community College - located in Lansing, students are charged $2,330 per year
  3. Kalamazoo Valley Community College - located in Kalamazoo, students are charged $2,387 per year

An animation degree from a Michigan school... what next?

Most people who graduate from animation school in Michigan go on to work as an animator. If you decide to work as an animator in Michigan, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 480 Michigan animators as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Michigan animators:

  1. Lapeer County - 230 animators
  2. Wayne County - 40 animators
  3. Barry County - 40 animators

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of animators in the state of Michigan will grow to 1,010. This would require a 9% growth in the profession.


An animator in Michigan earns $56,020 per year on average. But, salaries for animators can vary. In 2010, animators made as little as less than $18,000 per year or as much as more than $89,630 per year in Michigan. The counties in Michigan with the highest average salary for an animator are:

  1. Lapeer County - $62,200 per year
  2. Barry County - $55,800 per year
  3. Wayne County - $44,480 per year

The Michigan counties with the lowest average salary for animators are:

  1. Wayne County - $44,480 per year
  2. Barry County - $55,800 per year
  3. Lapeer County - $62,200 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Michigan statistics regarding a career in animation and to compare salaries with a variety of 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 Michigan
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animation in Michigan
  • Certificate in Animation in Michigan

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Graphic Designers 4,850 $42,220 -16.1%
Multimedia Artists and Animators 480 $56,020 -7.7%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 460 $60,950

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