Hawaii is home to 20 Title IV degree-granting institutions. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must have (1) accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) be in business for at least two years, (3) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students with financial need.
Several Hawaii Title IV schools offer animation programs and all are high on the list of best schools for aspiring animators. Even better is, most are considered affordable. Continue reading to find out which Hawaii schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Hawaii Animation Schools
Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu - Tuition Cost: Undergraduates $22,160; Graduates $16,470 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Hawaii Animation Schools
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Academy for Creative Media (ACM), Honolulu – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,344, nonresidents $30,696; Graduate residents $14,232, nonresidents $34,320 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Honolulu Community College, Honolulu - Tuition Cost: Residents $2,928 (12 credit hours per semester, $122/credit), nonresidents $7,872 (12 credit hours per semester, $328/credit) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu - Tuition Cost: Residents $2,880 (12 credit hours per semester/$120 per credit hour), nonresidents $12,480 (12 credit hours per semester, $520/credit) for the 2015-2016 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Hawaii Animation Scene
Hawaii is home to 9,280 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 50 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $56,450 per year. Many Hawaii-based animators are self-employed, so the population is likely higher. Among this group salaries may vary greatly.
In addition to a decent-sized population of animators and multimedia artists, Hawaii is home to a busy film office that welcomes dozens of productions each year. Just a few past productions include Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, The Descendants, Tropic Thunder, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Survivor, Hawaii Five-0, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In addition, Honolulu is home to a number of animation studios as well as creative agencies that often hire animators. Just a few include:
- Blue Water Multimedia, Honolulu
- Harris Agency, Honolulu
- Hawaii Animation Studios, Honolulu
- Home Baked Entertainment, Honolulu
- Hyperspective Studios, Inc., Honolulu
- MVNP, Honolulu
- OrangeRoc, Honolulu
- Team Vision Marketing Agency, Honolulu
Besides the film industry and advertising, Hawaii animators work in game design, and even criminal justice, science, medicine, technology, architecture, and corporate training. While opportunities for animators may be found in several larger cities throughout Hawaii such as Hilo, Pearl City, Waipahu, and Kailua, most opportunities are Honolulu.
Awesome Animation Fact: Roughly and conservatively, the crew of a Pixar movie works on it for a total amount equivalent to a 500-year career for one person. The time Pixarians spend creating a movie is enormous compared to its running time. For a film of roughly 100 minutes, including credits, that's five years per minute of movie produced. -Quora