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How will your computer animation education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a computer animation degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 306 brick and mortar computer animation schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have computer animation programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. American University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  2. Marist College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in computer animation were earned by 3,853 students in the US. Of these students, 435 graduated from certificate programs in computer animation, 3,230 graduated from undergraduate programs in computer animation, and 188 graduated from graduate-level programs in computer animation.


Students can pursue education in computer animation at the following levels:

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

Computer animation students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their computer animation degree:

  • Teamwork
  • Digital Character Animation
  • Story Telling
  • Computer Modeling
  • Visual Orientation and Spatial Perception


In 2010, computer animation schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $21,834 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following computer animation schools:

  1. Bennington College - located in Bennington, Vermont, students paid $39,760
  2. Southern Methodist University - located in Dallas, Texas, students paid $35,160
  3. Pratt Institute-Main - located in Brooklyn, New York, students paid $34,880

The computer animation schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Fashion Institute of Technology - located in New York, New York, students paid $4,164
  2. Brigham Young University - located in Provo, Utah, students paid $4,290
  3. New Mexico State University-Main Campus - located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, students paid $4,998

How will your computer animation job compare?

The highest percentage of computer animation graduates pursue careers as computer animators. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 26,560 computer animators working in the US. The largest numbers of computer animators work in the following states:

  1. California - 8,440 Computer Animators
  2. New York - 2,980 Computer Animators
  3. Washington State - 2,090 Computer Animators

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for computer animators to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Louisiana - 28%
  2. Georgia - 25%
  3. Utah - 20%


In the US, a computer animator earns on average $60,823 per year. However, the salary for a computer animator can greatly vary based on factors such as seniority, professional associations and certifications or your previous performance reviews. A computer animator in the US can earn anywhere from less than $18,000 per year to more than $119,890 per year. On average, a computer animator earns the most in the following states:

  1. California - $74,560 per year
  2. New York - $66,340 per year
  3. Oregon - $62,690 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for computer animators:

  1. South Dakota - $38,120 per year
  2. Nebraska - $40,440 per year
  3. Kansas - $41,190 per year

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computer animation?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Multimedia Artists and Animators 26,560 $63,440 11.6%