Many Mississippi Title IV schools offer excellent art and design programs. This includes animation. Just a few include the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women, and Delta State University. Fortunately, these, and many other Mississippi schools, are considered affordable.
Continue reading to find out which Mississippi schools offer animation programs and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Mississippi Animation Schools
Belhaven University, Belhaven – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $21,626 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mississippi College, Clinton – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $15,242 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Least Expensive Mississippi Animation Schools
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,502, nonresidents $20,142 for the 2015-2016 school year.
The University of Mississippi, University – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,344, nonresidents $20,574 for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,334 (12-19 credit hours per term), nonresidents $16,204 (12-19 credit hours per term) for the 2015-2016 school year.
Jackson State University, Jackson – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $6,866; nonresidents $16,820 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Delta State University, Cleveland – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $6,012 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $5,916 for 2016.
Mississippi University for Women, Columbus – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $5,781, nonresidents $15,847 for the 2015-2016 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Mississippi Animation Scene
The Magnolia State is home to more than 8,000 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Around 60 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $39,390 per year. The film industry here is active enough to support this talented population of salaried animators, along with hundreds of independent animators. First, Mississippi is home The Mississippi Film Office (a full service organization), as well as Mississippi Film Studios at Canton.
The state also offers a number of incentives for filmmakers, which helps attract production studios of all kinds. Just a few options include:
- Engineering Services & Software (ESS Interactive), Ocean Springs
- Loft 54, Ridgeland
- Optik Studios, Hattiesburg and Meridian
- Wonga Studios, Gulfport
Many Mississippi-based animators also work in advertising. Just a few creative agencies in the state include:
- BICE Advertising, Hattiesburg
- Brainstorm Creative Group, Meridian
- Godwin Group, Jackson
- Liquid Creative, Jackson
- Mabus Agency, Tupelo
- Maris, West & Baker, Jackson
- The Cirlot Agency, Inc., Jackson
- The Focus Group, Gulfport
- The Ramey Agency, Jackson
While opportunities for animators can be found in a number of cities across the state, larger cities such as Jackson, Gulfport, and Southaven may offer a greater number of opportunities.
Awesome Animation Fact: It took four to 13 hours to render EACH FRAME of Toy Story—the first fully computer generated film. -Pajiba