21. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 

Ohio University was established in 1804 as Ohio’s first university. The school is home to 39,217 students enrolled at the Athens campus, eLearning, and five regional campuses. Ohio University offers more than 300 programs across 11 colleges. The Scripps College of Communications, School of Media Arts and Studies offers a Games and Animation program that focuses on Computer Animation, Digital Effects, and Games Production and Design. The program, which leads to a BS in Communication with an Emphasis in Games and Animation, also covers Leadership in Games and Animation as well as Management.

22.  Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was created in 1969 as a result of the merger between Indiana University (est. 1820) and Purdue University (est. 1869). IUPUI is home to 30,488 students enrolled in more than 250 degree programs across 19 schools. The School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include both a BS and a five-year BS+MS in Media Arts and Science with a Specialization in 3D Graphics and Animation.

23. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois University (SIU) was founded in 1869 as the states second teachers college. It is home to nearly 18,000 students enrolled in 200+ programs across 11 colleges and schools. The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts houses the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media. The Department offers several programs for aspiring animators. Offerings include a BA in Radio, Television, and Digital Media with a Specialization in Digital Media Arts and Animation, and an MFA in Media Arts. The MFA program allows students to produce work in Film, Video, Sound, New Media and Photography.

24. Indiana University, Bloomington, Illinois

Established in 1820, Indiana University consists of eight campuses, including core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and regional campuses in Fort Wayne, Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond, and South Bend. The school is home to 114,370 students enrolled in hundreds of academic programs. The Bloomington campus is home to 48,514 students enrolled in 550-plus academic programs across 15 degree-granting colleges and schools. 

The Media School offers several viable options for aspiring animators. These programs allow students to customize their Media School experiences by selecting from a variety of courses. Options include BA degrees in Media with Concentrations in Interactive and Digital Media or Cinema and Media Arts—Studies and Production, a BS in Game Design, and Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling. Art, Aesthetics and Experimental Media, Game Art, and Game Production Specializations are also on the menu. 

25. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was established in 1960. It consists of a main campus in Allendale, along with four other campuses in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City. The school is home to 25,325 students enrolled in 122 degree programs. The School of Communications is home to the Film and Video Production (FVP) major, which highlights Animation, Cinema Studies, Documentary and Nonfiction, Fiction Filmmaking, New Media, and Sound Design. The program leads to a BA or BS in Film and Video Production.

According to the school, graduates of the FVP program “find a wide range of professional employment, both in Michigan and nationally, including positions in the independent, documentary, and major motion picture film industries, animation and multimedia, production and post-production houses, national and local television networks, advertising agencies, community media access stations, corporations, and school systems.” Graduates have gone on to land positions at Pixar Animation Studios, and many others.