Michigan is home to 107 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least two years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, they grant an associate's degree or higher, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once these requirements have been met, the school becomes eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students that may need help covering tuition costs.
Many of the Michigan’s Title IV schools offer excellent animation programs. Some are on the expensive side, while others are considered affordable. Just a few of the state’s most affordable schools for animators include University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, and Central Michigan University. Take a look our list of the most expensive to least expensive schools in Michigan and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Michigan Animation Schools
College for Creative Studies, Detroit – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $37,560; Graduate $40,860 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Siena Heights University, Adrian – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $23,200; Graduate $10,116 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Michigan Animation Schools
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $18,750 (average 27 credits per year); Graduate $19,790 (average 20 credits per year) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Grand Valley State University, Allendale - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident tuition $11,078 for lower division students, $11,648 for upper division, nonresident lower division students $15,744, upper division, $16,344 upper division; Graduate resident $10,440 (9 credit hours per semester), nonresidents $13,860 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate resident $296.25 per credit hour up to Course Level 499, $597 Course Levels 500-699 and $695.15 for Level 700 and above; Nonresidents $872.75 per credit hour up to Course Level 499, $1,100 Course Levels 500-699 and $1,250.50 for Level 700 and above
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Michigan Animation Scene
Michigan is home to more than 48,000 Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media professionals averaging $47,650 per year. Around 290 of the state’s artists are multimedia artists and animators. They average $50,740 per year and typically work at creative agencies, and film and video production studios. Some may work at gaming companies as well. Just a few possible employment options for aspiring animators include:
- Digital Image Studios, Farmington Hills
- Freshly Ground Productions, Detroit
- Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Detroit
- J.R. Thompson Company, Farmington Hills
- Leo Burnett, Troy
- McCann Detroit, Birmingham
- Michigan Motion Picture Studios, Pontiac
- Real Integrated, Bloomfield Hills
- S2 Games, Portage
- Sandbox Studio, Inc., Sterling Heights
While opportunities for animators can be found all over the State of Michigan, major cities may offer more options, and with larger companies. The state’s top five largest cities include Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, and Ann Arbor.
Awesome Animation Fact: The soundtrack for Disney’s Fantasia (1940) was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound. -Pennsylvania Philharmonic