How to Choose a Computer Animation School

When planning a career in computer animation, choosing a design school is a logical first step. In today's technical world, there are numerous educational programs from which to choose. As a result, chances are good that you can find the program that is just right for you. With so many choices, you may also find that it is difficult to narrow down your preferences. Here are some important factors to remember when choosing a computer animation school.

First, decide what sort of degree you would like to obtain. In some circumstances, no formal education is required to work in computer animation. Most of the time, however, some schooling will be necessary. Depending upon the school you choose, you can graduate from the program with a certification, an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, or even a post-graduate degree. As a general rule, a certification or associate degree will cost less and can be earned more quickly than a bachelor's degree or higher. On the other hand, a bachelor's or master's degree may provide more opportunities in your field and may help you to command a higher salary than someone with a lesser degree. With this in mind, you can first begin choosing a computer animation school by narrowing your list of potential schools to the ones that offer the type of degree you are seeking.

Next, consider the industry in which you would like to work. Avid gamers may have dreams of working in the video game industry. Computer animators who are also movie buffs might like to work in Hollywood, showcasing their talents in the latest films or television shows. Still others might prefer to work in advertising, architectural design, web design, or a host of other fields. Specific career goals such as these can impact your school choice as not all programs will be offered at all schools. Examine the schools on your narrowed down list and eliminate those that do not either offer a program in your intended field of expertise or a non-specific program in general computer animation.

Once you have found a number of schools that meet your educational requirements, you will need to determine which ones meet your financial requirements. If you are paying for schooling yourself, you will need to narrow down your list to the schools you can afford. If you cannot pay for schooling on your own, you may need to only consider schools that offer financial aid, payment plans, or scholarships.

When the most critical aspects of your education have been decided, you may have the luxury of choosing the school that offers the most perks. Some technical schools may offer free laptops or other equipment upon enrollment. Many colleges and universities now offer some classes online, giving you the option of attending classes from the comfort of your own home. Some technical schools even offer a job placement guarantee upon successful graduation from their programs.

There are many factors involved in picking the perfect school to fit your needs. No matter which school you choose and why, remember that it will likely affect your career path and job opportunities for many years to come.

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