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Columbia College Chicago

Animation and Game Design Programs Best in Midwest

Columbia College Chicago was recently ranked number one on Animation Career Review’s list of the “Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Midwest.” The site is an online resource for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals. Columbia College was ranked number eight on the site’s list of the “Top 100 US Schools for Animation and Game Design" in February.

According to Animation Career Review, colleges were judged by academic reputation, admission selectivity, the strength of the school’s program, tuition in relation to value and geographic location. More than 400 US programs were considered for the 2013 lists.

The rankings mention Columbia College’s different opportunities for students who desire a program in animation. Columbia College’s Interactive Arts & Media department offers both BA and BFA degrees, a BA/BS in Game Programming, and a Major in Game Design with concentrations in Game Art, Game Development, or Game Sound Design. The Animation Program in the Film & Video Department offers degrees in both traditional and computer animation.

The ranking also mentions that Columbia College game design alumni have gone on to careers at companies such as Dreamation, Havas Worldwide Chicago, Jellyvision, RedEye Studios, Razorfish, Liquid Generation, and WMS Gaming. Animation Program alumni are working at Nickelodeon Studios, Disney, Warner Brothers Animation, Pixar and Weta Digital.