The Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida has a great reputation in animation circles.  Major animation companies and corporations actively recruit their graduates each year, including Walt Disney Entertainment, Nickelodeon, LucasArts, Warner Bros, Pixar Animation Studios, and Universal Studios.  Here is some information about the school and its animation programs from their website:
Ringling School Of Art And Design, Florida
Ringling School of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree [BFA] in eight disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging.
MAJOR: Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is a four-year sequence of studio art, art history and liberal arts courses designed to prepare you for life as a professional artist or designer. You値l learn from instructors with years of experience in their profession and an amazing dedication to passing their knowledge on to you. You値l begin in the Core Studios Program, where you値l take courses in drawing, figure, color and design as well as one or more introductory courses in your chosen major. Beginning in the second year, all of your studio courses will be within your major except for elective courses. You can use electives to pursue a minor or to develop another area of interest. In liberal arts courses, you値l understand that great art comes from great ideas, and that as an artist-citizen, you have tremendous potential to make a difference in the world. We値l challenge you to develop resources you never knew you had.

Computer animation
In Ringling School of Art and Design's deep and specialized four-year Computer Animation degree program, you will develop skills in modeling, lighting, motion and sound - while learning how to tell a story. At the same time, you will gain command of the technical skills required in today's highly competitive animation industry.
Firms from all over the world look to Ringling School for the best and brightest computer animation artists because our students possess the proper balance of technical skills and aesthetic development.They have the ability to create as well as produce.

Artist, animator, actor, storyteller, modeler, lighting director, set designer, costumer, sound designer and film director - you will use all of these skills and more. At Ringling School, you will take courses that focus on both the conceptual and the technical, as you learn to master communication through movement and bring your ideas to life.
Game Art & Design

On average, half of Ringling School's Computer Animation graduates have accepted employment in the computer gaming industry. Now, Game Art & Design majors will have the option of targeting their demo reels and portfolios to this $10-billion business.

Students will explore the challenges of creating visual art for gaming audiences and develop a game-based senior thesis as an entry into the world of interactive entertainment.

The Game Art & Design major brings Ringling School's feature film aesthetic to games. You'll begin by studying the basics of game design - meaningful play, player interaction and options for creating and refining game content. You'll go on to study multiple narrative, interactive narrative and character structures in relationship to gaming environments. You'll also understand the influence of games on society and their enormous potential to educate as well as entertain. Above all, Game Art & Design is more than creating entertainment. It's creating an experience.
Graphic + Interactive Communication

Typography, images, the very latest in computer hardware and software ... at Ringling School of Art and Design, the tools are all here, along with a problem waiting to be solved. Whether you are working in paint, ink and collage, digital video or animation, it is up to you, as the problem-solver, to organize, interpret, and magnify the images to best communicate your message.

In Ringling School's Graphic & Interactive Communication department, you will learn communication theory and principles, balancing that knowledge with an understanding of society and culture. The result? A graphic designer who can produce a broad range of visual images for print, electronic and three-dimensional media in today's communication-oriented culture.
Ringling School Of Art And Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
800.255.7695 [Toll-free U.S. only]
Ringling School Of Art And Design
Campus Locations:
Sarasota, Florida
Art/Media Related Courses Available:
Fine Arts, Computer Animation, Game Art And Design, Graphics And Interactive Communication.
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