Animation program ranks #1 in Massachusetts, second in New England, and 40th in U.S.

UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual and Perming Arts #1 in Massachusetts for Public Animation Schools and Colleges according to Animation Career Review

UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) is ranked #1 in Massachusetts, second in New England, and 40th in the United States for Public Animation Schools and Colleges animation program offerings by Animation Career Review. The online career resource cited the CVPA's offerings, which include a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Visual Design with an Option in Digital Media. Among others, the BFA and MFA programs prepare students for creative positions such as Animator (2D and 3D), Special Effects Designer, Cartoonist, Art Director, and Entrepreneur. 

UMass Dartmouth's CVPA has a number of notable alumni who have gone on to successful careers in animation. 

Nick Bruno '98 graduated from UMass Dartmouth's Department of Design with a BFA in Digital Media. Nick has served as the animation character lead of "The Whos" for the 2008 film Horton Hears a Who!, supervising animator of 2012 animation film Ice Age: Continental Drift, and animator on the 2013 animated film Epic. 

Richard Fournier '01 earned his BFA in Visual Design. Richard has served as animator on such films as Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Rio (2011) and Rio 2 (2014), and the upcoming The Peanuts Movie (2015). 

Animation Career Review is the online resource for people aspiring to have a career in animation, design, gaming and related fields. The online career resource provides articles, information and reviews about animation/design/gaming schools, programs, classes, software and more to help you make educated decisions about entering this career field. 

UMass Dartmouth's CVPA is a comprehensive arts college with Bachelor's and Master's programs that prepare students for careers in the arts. Undergraduate students in the college may choose concentrations from a broad spectrum of the arts, all of which provide a framework for developing a high degree of professional competence and pursuing individual creative goals. Essential to this framework are the academic programs and resources of the whole university. The facilities and equipment on the Dartmouth and New Bedford campuses are a source of pride for our students and faculty, and are among the finest in New England. 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale. 


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