Massachusetts is home to one of the oldest cities in the U.S.—Boston. The city is so beautiful and historic, that Hollywood filmmakers shoot here frequently, which creates plenty of production opportunities for film animators. Just a few major productions filmed in the state include The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Glory, Field of Dreams, and Mystic River. The film industry isn’t the only place for animators here. The state is also home to hundreds of technology firms, hundreds of advertising and graphic design firms, dozens of web design firms, and 125 accredited colleges and universities.
Massachusetts Animation Schools
Massachusetts is home to a large number of competitive art schools and traditional colleges that offer a variety of degrees from animation to interactive media to visual arts. Scroll through the list below to review Massachusetts’s best options for aspiring animators and what they have to offer.
Hampshire College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Animation and Digital Art; Digital Media
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Animation, Digital Media: Still Imagery or Digital Media: Time Based
Montserrat College of Art - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Illustration
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Visual Arts; Advanced Professional Certificates in Animation, Design and Illustration
Northeastern University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Art, Graphic Design; Combined Majors in Game Design, Interactive Media (type of degree awarded depends on the combination chosen); M. F. A. Studio Art
School of the Museum of Fine Arts - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Film and Animation, Text and Image Arts; M. F. A. Studio Art (with Tufts University), one-year post-baccalaureate program
The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, Illustration; M. A. Graphic Design; Certificate in Graphic Design
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Visual Design with Concentration in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Visual Design with Emphasis in Digital Media, Graphic Design or Illustration
Fitchburg State University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Communications Media with Concentration in Graphic Design, Interactive Media
University of Massachusetts Lowell - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Design, Emphases in Animation, Graphic Design, Interactive Media and Web Design
Mount Ida College - Degrees Offered: B. S. Game Art and Animation, Graphic Design
Salem State University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia; Graphic Design Certificate
Springfield College - Degrees Offered: B. S. Computer Graphics/Digital Art
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Employment and Salary Trends for Massachusetts Animators
In 2002, Massachusetts was home to a whopping 1,760 animators and multi-media artists. By 2009, the talent pool decreased to 870, but this is still a very respectable figure. Even better is, salaries have been on the rise since 2002. The average salary for Massachusetts animators and multi-media artists was $56,700 in 2002. In 2009 they averaged $58,640. The mean annual wage for animators and multi-media artists nationwide was $62,810 in 2009. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 and the highest paid animators earned $99,130.
It is important to keep in mind that many Massachusetts animators are self-employed, so the Bureau does not report employment and salary figures for this large community of artists. In addition, average salaries overall vary greatly by industry, location, type of company, experience & education, and other factors.