BGSU Animation Program Ranks High in State and Nation – BG Independent News


Animation Career Review (ACR) has again ranked Bowling Green State University as one of the best animation schools in Ohio and the nation. For 2022, BGSU was ranked in the top 20% at No. 19 among public animation schools nationwide. BGSU is ranked No. 12 in the Midwest.

BGSU’s School of Art offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or Minor in Computation Arts. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Computation Arts is also available for graduate students.

BGSU also ranked in the top 50 nationally among schools offering an animation-related BFA, top 25 nationally among schools offering an animation-related BA, at #10, and top 25 nationally among schools offering an animation-related MFA.

The University’s programs for aspiring animators and designers include a BA in Computation Arts and a BFA in Computation Arts specializing in one of three areas of focus: Animation, Virtual Games and Environments, or Interdisciplinary Digital Art. Graduate programs include a Master of Arts with a major in Computation Arts exploring computer animation, games, artificial intelligence (AI), physical computing, visualization, virtual worlds, and hybrid media .

The University’s digital arts labs, housed at the Wolfe Center for the Arts, are state-of-the-art and feature industry-standard software. BGSU graduates have secured top jobs as animators, modelers, texture and concept artists, and technical directors at 3D studios, interactive game companies, and virtual reality labs. They also work in interactive web and application development, creating mobile applications and educational, education-based, and business websites.

In recent years, graduates have been hired by companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Volition, DNA Productions, Blizzard and Apple. Many graduates have also started their own business.

This year marks the 11th annual ACR rankings for animation. The company considered 199 schools with animation programs from across the country in this year’s ranking. Criteria used for the 2022 rankings included academic reputation, employment data, depth and breadth of program faculty, value with respect to tuition and debt, selectivity of admissions and graduation rate.

Ryan H. Bowman