What makes an anime great? Is it the storyline? The characters? Worlds? Music? According to Simon Richmond, author of The Rough Guide to Anime: Japan's Finest from Ghibli to Gankutsuo, a great anime is one that will stand the test of time. In his top 50 must-see anime, Richmond lists just that. Among them are Katsuhiro Otomo’s groundbreaking 1988 cult classic Akira, Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy—the first ever anime TV series with a sequential plot, and Mamoru Oshii’s still amazing Ghost in the Shell (1995), among others.
Italy is the center of history, culture, and art, making it one of the world’s most popular places to explore. Other major attractions such as amazing cuisine, world class sightseeing, and some of the best shopping in the world enhance the country’s appeal. When you consider global universities such as the University of Padua, Sapienza University of Roma, and University of Milan, and top art and design schools such as the Florence Academy of Art, Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), and the College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy becomes one of the best places to visit and study abroad.
If you’re looking for a top Animation MFA program in the U.S., you won’t have any trouble finding a variety of options. UCLA, SCAD, and RIT are just a few. If you’re interested in an Animation PhD programs? Well, let’s just say your search will be a bit more challenging. True, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts offers an excellent option—the PhD in Cinematic Arts. But if you want to earn a PhD that focuses on animation, you’ll have to find a school that is willing to customize its PhD program in art, design or other similar area to suit your goals. If you can’t find a suitable option, that’s OK. America’s strongest ally has you covered. Just head to the UK!
Manga is a Japanese art form that encompasses drawn cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels. Manga is different from non-Japanese cartoon, comic books, and novels in a number of ways. For starters, manga reads right to left, back to front. This means that the last page of a book or comic in the West would be the first page of a manga. Next, according to Simon Richmond’s The Rough Guide to Anime, “in their original Japanese form, manga magazines are mainly printed in black ink on white or color-tinted pages on flimsy recycled paper. They will typically have four hundred or more pages and contain a score of serialized and one-off stories.”
If you haven't heard by now, Swiss director Claude Barras' My Life as a Courgette was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this year's Oscars. This stop motion animated film (also known as My Life as a Zucchini), is just one of many animated features produced in Switzerland during the last decade. In 2007, the first feature-length animated film made in Switzerland was released. At a cost of $25.2 million, Max & Co was one of the most expensive domestic productions ever and it put Switzerland on the map in the world of animation.
Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Pennsylvania. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Founded in 1900 and home nearly 14,000 students, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) houses more than 100 centers and institutes. CMU students have access to over 100 programs across seven colleges and schools. In collaboration with the School of Computer Science-Computer Science Department, the College of Fine Arts-Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) offers a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) with a Concentration in Game Design. IDeATe Collaborative Studios include Game Engine Programming offered by the Robotics Institute, Research Issues in Game Development offered by the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at CMU, and Programming for Game Designers—also offered by the ETC. An IDeATe Minor is also available.
Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming school programs in Michigan. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Founded in 1855 and home to more than 50,000 students, Michigan State University (MSU) offers more than 200 programs across 17 degree-granting colleges. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences houses the Media and Information (MI) Department—home of the game design program. Undergraduate degree options include BA and BS degrees in Media and Information with a Game Design and Development Specialization, a BS in Computer Science with a Game Design and Development Specialization, and a BA or BFA in Studio Art with a Game Design and Development Specialization.
Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Massachusetts. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Founded 1861 and home to 11,376 students, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers more than 100 programs across five schools. The school also houses the MIT Game Lab, the MIT Education Arcade, and the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. Together, the labs provide the opportunity to study, design, and develop games as a supplement to several degree programs. Programs lead to a BS in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) with a Games and Interactive Media “Cluster” or an MS with a Specialization in Games.
Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Texas. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Texas - Austin, Austin, Texas
Founded in 1883 and home to more than 50,000 students, the University of Texas - Austin (UT Austin) offers a unique game design program through a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts (CoFA), the Computer Science Department (CS), the Radio-Television-Film Department (RTF), and the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies (CAET). The interdisciplinary program is known as “Game and Mobile Media Applications” or “GAMMA.”