Animation is a great field to be in today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has made the switch from not reporting employment figures for animators at all for some states (such as Rhode Island) to reporting employment and salary figures for all states. In 2002, the Bureau did not offer employment figures for Rhode Island animators. Today, the state is home to around 40 salaried multimedia artists and animators, and likely dozens of self-employed artists. They average $57,380, which is higher than the national average salary for all careers, and higher than salaries for animators in at least 20 other states.
Today, the country’s nearly 30,000 animators and multimedia artists average $68,060 per year up from $50,860 in 2002. The highest paid animators average $109,370 and the lowest paid animators average $34,800. In 2002, the average salary was $50,860.
Thanks to promising growth in the industry, coupled with a high demand for highly skilled animators, existing animation programs have expanded and new ones seem to pop up each year. Most art and design schools and technical schools now offer animation programs, and many traditional colleges have joined the cause as well. While some of the best animation school programs can be found in entertainment meccas such as New York and California, Rhode Island has its fair share of contenders.
Rhode Island is home to just over a dozen colleges and universities, but nearly half of them offer top-tier art and design programs. These schools are considered the best for animators and other artists based on specific factors such as the number and variety of program offerings, student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates. The schools on the list below scored high in all areas. Continue reading to find out which schools are the “best” schools for aspiring animators and what they have to offer.
Best Animation School Programs Rhode Island
Roger Williams University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Graphic Design Communication, B. F. A. Visual Arts Studies with Concentration in Film, Animation and Video or Photography and Digital Media
Rhode Island School of Design - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Film/Animation/Video, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Digital + Media, Graphic Design; Certificate Animation
Best Animation School Programs Rhode Island – Other Options
If you’re interested in taking courses for personal development or you would like to try your hand at animation before committing to a B.A. program, the Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick (est. 1964) has a digital art program that includes animation courses. The Studio program—Digital Art 1 and 2, consists of 8 hours of instruction. Students can also dabble in 2D Design, 3D Design, Graphic Design, and Individual Study.
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