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Good, Affordable Art Schools?

lkhj419lkhj419 1 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi there. I'm currently a second-year student at UC Berkeley, and I'm thinking about transferring to an art school to pursuse 2D animation as well as a bit of 3D. I've been researching schools, but I haven't found any that is quite the right fit.

Schools like CalArts, Ringling, SCAD, RISD, and Sheridan (Canada) are prestigious, but they're extremely expensive to attend and some are more 3D focused, which isn't want I want.

The better options I've found as of today are USC, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Fullerton. USC has a great cinematic arts school for live action, and I've heard that their animation branch is pretty good too. I checked their net price calculator, and it seems like I would be paying about as much as I do now at Berkeley. (Of course, this is only an estimate, but I've heard that some middle class students get pretty good financial aid there.)

CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton are less expensive, but I heard that the animation majors there are very impacted and it may take longer to graduate. Plus, I don't know if their programs are as high quality as USC's.

If you're familiar with any of these schools, is this information accurate? If not, please let me know. Also, does anyone have any other recommendations for affordable animation schools? International schools are fine to recommend too, as long as they won't land me in $100k in debt.
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  • CACloverCAClover 65 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Have you looked at UCLA's BA in Film and Television? It allows a senior concentration in animation (20 units). http://www.tft.ucla.edu/programs/film-tv-digital-media-department/undergraduate-degrees/ba-undergraduate-film/
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  • CACloverCAClover 65 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Also, you could run the Net Price Calculator for Carnegie Mellon; I think it can be hard to anticipate the amount of financial aid a private college may offer, though. Carnegie Mellon's School of Art offers a BFA in which you can take courses in animation. http://www.art.cmu.edu/undergraduate/bfa/
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  • CACloverCAClover 65 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    One more! You did mention being open to international schools. I don't know much about the University of Edinburgh, but its College of Art has a four-year program in animation. When I looked at prices a while ago, it seemed to be about half of what you can expect to pay at an art college. https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/animation-ba-hons
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  • lkhj419lkhj419 1 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for all of your suggestions. I have looked a bit into UCLA's program, and I'll definitely check out the others. Thanks again!
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  • snowbirdmomsnowbirdmom 14 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I would definitely recommend posting your question in the visual arts forum under the College Majors section of the forums as well. Good luck!
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 33093 replies3778 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Moving to VA Forum.
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  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying 6743 replies23 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OP are you a CA resident? The CSUs have some great animation programs; however, you would need to consider ability to transfer into those specifically as well as time to completion. A 5-6 year public program for an OOS'er can cost as much as a SCAD or similar private program running four years.

    Check out MCAD in Minneapolis, if you haven't already done so. They tend to be pretty generous with FA, but not sure how that applies to transfers.

    Most art schools will expect you to take studios in both 2D and 3D; usually the student chooses to focus on one of the two for their demo reel. My daughter is a rising senior at SCAD and her specialty is 2D. She's not sure how it breaks down, but my guess is that most are 3D given the direction of the industry. Still, she says she knows a lot of 2D'ers and hybrids.
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  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying 6743 replies23 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OP a couple more recommendations are SJSU in CA and UCF in Orlando. My D got super great aid at the latter and her COA as an OOS student was the same as for in-staters. Heart was set on SCAD, however. Still, UCF has a decent program at a decent cost. Completion will be greater than four years so be sure to factor that in.
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  • animal1096animal1096 24 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach offers Animation and is cheaper than some other art schools. https://www.lcad.edu/animation/program/program-overview

    If you are considering any CSUs or UCs in California, be mindful of their transfer requirements. Most of these schools are crowded and as a result have strict rules. It would be worthwhile to speak directly to an admissions rep to confirm you are eligible.
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  • stones3stones3 929 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    one of the top design schools and considered the #1 public design school is VCUARTS in Richmond. Its a highly recognized dedicated school within the larger VCU . D is a senior GD major . Very focused on real world skills and application.
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  • BrooklynRyeBrooklynRye 708 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    OP, at your apparent skill level and focus, VCUArts offers you nothing. Stick to the more objective, intelligent advice offered by regulars such as JB and Clover.
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  • stones3stones3 929 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    Do your own research. Look up VCUARTS on USNWR listing and take a look at some alumni. Its only a suggestion, at the end of the day you will know the right fit when you find it. For our D its been wonderful.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34060 replies376 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Better to look at the actual courses, professor backgrounds and interests. Not a media ranking.

    And if OP is in CA and price sensitive, I'd suggest CA options first.

    OP, do you have the background, would you have a portfolio?
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  • BrooklynRyeBrooklynRye 708 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    Good points @lookingforward. The ultimate focus should be on fit, including the factors noted in your post. What does the school offer? Who are the professors? What are the specific interests and circumstances of the applicant? There is no VCUArts-fits-all.
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  • stones3stones3 929 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    I highly highly suggest UCLA as it is a fantastic program first. And as my post said "you will know the right fit when you find it" !!! in otherwords, keep an open mind , explore YOUR options and you'll know it when you find it. If that's VCUARTS great, and if its not , that's great too. But certainly don't exclusively consider or rule out a program as some posters on here pursue their obvious and quite obtuse agendas. Good luck and feel free to pm if any real questions on vcuarts-
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