New Jersey is home to 66 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools have been in business for at least two years, they have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have 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 a school meets these requirements, it becomes eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs. This makes them more accessible to students that may need financial assistance.
Although renowned Princeton University is New Jersey’s claim to fame, many other accredited colleges here are certainly worth a mention. These schools have a wide variety of program offerings, including excellent programs for aspiring artists and designers. Most are competitive, well-respected, and high on the list of top schools for animators. Many are even considered affordable!
If you’re ready to shop and compare New Jersey animation schools, take a look at the most to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive New Jersey Animation Schools
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison - Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $39,222 for the 2016-2017 school year.
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $27,800; Graduate $2,480 per course for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Kubert School, Dover – Tuition Cost: $19,150 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Least Expensive New Jersey Animation Schools
Montclair State University, Montclair – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $11,540, nonresidents $20,254; Graduate residents $11,555 per year (taking 9 credits per semester), nonresidents $16,669 per year (taking 9 credits per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,954 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Arts & Sciences), nonresidents $25,249 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Arts & Sciences); Graduate residents $15,888 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Graduate School), nonresidents $25,920 (taking 12 credits or more each semester, Graduate School) for the 2014-2015 school year.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,562, nonresidents $21,175; Graduate residents $12,114 (9 credit hours per semester), $19,154 nonresidents for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
William Patterson University, Wayne – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,910, nonresidents $16,586, Graduate residents $13,541, nonresidents $22,349 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Rowan University, Glassboro – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $8,352, nonresidents $15,744 for the 2014-2015 school year.
New Jersey City University, Jersey City – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,704, nonresidents $15,973; Graduate residents $9,683 (9 credits per semester), nonresidents $17,095 (9 credit hours per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kean University, Union – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $7,345, nonresidents $13,754; Graduate residents $12,461, nonresidents $16,889 for the 2014-2015 school year.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- School of the Arts - Florham Campus - Madison, NJ
- San Francisco & Online
New Jersey Animation Scene
New Jersey is the perfect place for artists and animators thanks to its nearest neighbor New York and the state's popularity as a backdrop for major motion pictures. Scenes from blockbuster films such as Independence Day, The Dark Knight Rises, A Beautiful Mind, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Goodfellas were filmed in New Jersey as well as Indy films such as Chasing Amy, Desperately Seeking Susan, Empire Records, and Clerks. Projects such as these and New Jersey’s status a more affordable alternative to New York help attract production studios of all kinds—including animation studios. Just a few include:
- Drive80 Studios, Morristown
- Tres 3D, Farmingdale
- Core Studios, Red Bank
- Funline Animation, Montclair
- Scientific Animations, Montclair
In addition, New Jersey is home to around 440 salaried animators and multimedia artists averaging $64,100 per year. Many live in major cities such as Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Elizabeth and most of the state's animators work in the film industry. However, some also work in television production, game design, advertising, web and graphic design, technology, science, and education.
Awesome Animation Fact: According to TimeOut's Dave Calhoun, the early 1960s experimental piece titled Heaven and Earth Magic directed by Harry Smith uses stop-motion animation techniques to tell stories with roughly cutout photographs. The film’s audio consists only of sound effects, making it a popular choice for screenings with a live score.