Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 animation school programs in Ohio. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
1. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University (OSU) is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Department of Art. The Department offers interdisciplinary three-year MFA and four-year BFA programs in Art with an Emphasis Art and Technology. The Art and Technology emphasis allows students to study 3D Modeling and Animation, Art Games, Digital Imaging, Internet Art, and more. Because courses are interdisciplinary in nature, students come from many areas ranging from Art, Design, and Film Studies to Biosciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Information Sciences.
About OSU: The Ohio State University (OSU) was established in 1870. It is home to more than 66,000 students enrolled in over 200 majors, specializations and minors across more than a dozen colleges and schools.
2. Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) offers an Animation BFA with Concentrations in Animation/Game and Animation/Experimental. Minor options include Animation 2D and Animation 3D. An MFA program is also available. Students in this program have executed individual projects from animation and video to interactive design and illustration and all students may participate in CCAD’s International Exchange Program. The Exchange Program highlights study at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China; Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile; Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, Xi’an, China, and Northumbria, Newcastle, England.
Students may also study at CCAD-approved programs at Studio Art Centers, Florence, Italy, and University of Arts London, London. Graduates of the CCAD Animation BFA Program have landed positions at Animal Logic, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Electronic Arts, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, Time Warner, Twentieth Century Fox, and many others.
About CCAD: Established in 1879, Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States. The school is home to more than 1,300 students enrolled in 14 degree programs across multiple departments.
3. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) houses the College of Arts and Sciences, which is home to the BGSU School of Art, Digital Arts Program. Programs for aspiring animators include a BFA in Digital Arts and a BA in Art with a Digital Arts Specialization and three Focus Areas—Computer Animation & Video, Imaging, and Interactive Multimedia. An MFA in Art with a Major in Digital Arts (Computer Animation, Digital Imaging, and Interactive Media) is also on the menu, as well as a Minor in Digital Art.
According to the School of Art, the MFA program is an “intensive, 60-credit studio degree designed to prepare students to become both professional artists in industry and university-level instructors while developing their own studio practice.” Both programs offer internship opportunities and study abroad experiences in more than 40 countries worldwide.
About BGSU: Founded in 1910, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is home 19,000 students, including 2,500 at BGSU Firelands in Huron, Ohio. The school, which houses nine colleges, offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs at its main campus, and 22 programs at BGSU Firelands.
4. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Ohio University is home to the E.W. Scripps College of Communications, School of Media Arts & Studies. The School offers a Games & Animation (G&A) Program that focuses on Computer Animation and Digital Games. The program, which leads to a BS in Communication with an Emphasis in Games & Animation, consists of courses such as Modeling & Animation, Narrative Animation, Screenwriting, Compositing, Motion Graphics, Sound for Moving Images, Video Game Design, Media Arts Management (FILM), Video Production, Visual Storytelling, Game Development, and Media Content Management, to name a few.
About Ohio University: Ohio University was established in 1804 as Ohio’s first university. The school is home to more than 40,000 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across 11 colleges.
5. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) offers a BFA in animation that features an integrated curriculum that focuses on sequential narrative storytelling, methods of animation, conceptual development, framing and staging, storyboarding, animatics, layers, and motion and figure studies. Students in the program can expect to take courses such as Advanced 3D Animation, Mapping, Digital Lighting, 2D/3D Compositing for Animation, 3D Texture, and Concept Development.
The CIA Animation Program prepares students for positions such as 3D Character Animator, Animator, Game Designer, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist, and Independent Filmmaker.
About CIA: Established in 1882, Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design with a population of approximately 550 students enrolled in 15 majors in the areas of Art, Craft, Design, and Interactive Media.