21
Aug
2D Entertainment Art School Tuition Costs

Feeling sick today, so I’m eating lunch at my desk.  So boredom led me to calculate the rough costs of how much it would be to attend a 2D Entertainment Art School that offers a "at least one year’s worth of full-time education with the intent to place a student with U.S. citizenship in a 2D story/visual development position".  But I’ve still chucked in some animation, illustration, and fine art schools at the end.  It’s a pretty personal compilation: if it’s on the list, then someone I know in the industry went to or recommended me the school.

Some schools are full degree programs.  Some have housing.  Some schools are on-line.  Others offer night courses, good for working professionals.  And of course, styles and teachers vary!  I’m arbitrarily calculating prices for my own situation, so you have to look at the sites yourself to see what fits you best.  And of course, cost of living is highly variable, especially with roommates and ramen noodle diets. 

So here we go, in alphabetical order:

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $17,526 per term x 8 terms = $140,208
  • Living Cost: $1,500 per month x 4 years = $72,000
  • TOTAL COST: $212,208 over 4 years, or $4,421 per month.

Academy of Art University (San Fransisco, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $18,360 per year x 4 years = $73,440
  • Living Cost: $7,000 per semester x 8 semesters = $56,800
  • TOTAL COST: $130,240 over 4 years, or $2,713 per month.

CalArts (Valencia, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $38,438 per year x 4 years = $153,752
  • Living Cost: $5,450 per year x 4 years = $21,800
  • TOTAL COST: $175,552 over 4 years, or $3,657 per month.

CG Masters Academy (Virtual) -

  • Tuition Cost: $600 per class x 14 classes = $8,400
  • Living Cost: Varies. Assume $1,000 per month x 1 year = $12,000
  • TOTAL COST: Varies, assuming, $1,700 per month.

CSU Fullterton (Fullerton, CA) -

  • Out-of-State Tuition Cost: $24,742 per year x 4 years = $98,968
  • Out-of-State Living Cost:  $8,722 per year x 4 years = $34,888
  • TOTAL COST: $133,856 over 4 years, or $2,788 per month.

CSU Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) -

  • Out-of-State Tuition Cost: $9,507 per semester x 8 semesters = $76,056
  • Out-of-State Living Cost:  $1,800 per month x 4 years = $86,400
  • TOTAL COST: $162,456 over 4 years, or $3,384 per month.

Concept Design Academy (Pasadena, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $550 per class x 23 classes = $12,650.
  • Living Cost: $1,500 per month x 2.3 years (3 classes per term)  = $41,400
  • TOTAL COST: $54,050 over 2.3 years, or $1,958 per month.

FZD School of Design (Singapore, Singapore) -

  • International Tuition Cost: roughly $32,000 USD
  • International  Living Cost: $2,000 per month x 1 year = $24,000
  • TOTAL COST: $56,000 over 1 year, or $4,666 per month.

Kazone Academy (Irvine, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $500 per class x 12 classes = $6,000.
  • Living Cost: $2,000 per month x 1 year (4 classes per term)  = $24,000
  • TOTAL COST: $30,000 over 1 year, or $2,500 per month.
Laguna College of Art and Design (Laguna Beach, CA)
  • Tuition Cost: $11,865 per year x 8 semesters = $94,920
  • Living Cost: $1,716 per month x 4 years = $92,368
  • TOTAL COST: $177,288 over 4 years, or $3,693 per month.

Los Angeles Academy of Fine Art (Van Nuys, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $18,000 per year x 3 years = $54,000
  • Living Cost: $1,500 per month x 3 years = $54,000
  • TOTAL COST: $108,000 over 3 years, or $3,000 per month.

Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL) -

  • Tuition Cost: $16,980 per semester x 8 semesters = $135,840
  • Living Cost: $6,115 per semester x 8 semesters = $48,920
  • TOTAL COST: $184,760 over 4 years, or $3,849 per month.

Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $ $30,510  per year x 4 years = $122,040
  • Living Cost: $7,185 per year x 4 years = $28,740
  • TOTAL COST: $150,780 over 4 years, or $3,141 per month.

Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) -

  • International Tuition Cost: $23,000 per year x  x 4 years  = $92,000
  • International  Living Cost: $6,000 per year x 4 years = $24,000
  • TOTAL COST: $116,000 over 4 years, or $2,416 per month.

The Animation Collaborative (Emeryville, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $1,900 per class x 12 classes = $22,800
  • Living Cost: $1,600 per month x 1 year = $19,200
  • TOTAL COST: $42,000 over 1 year, or $3,500 per month.

The Art Department  (Virtual + Kansas City, MO) -

  • Tuition Cost: $30,000 for the entire program
  • Living Cost: $1,000 per month x 2.5 years = $30,000
  • TOTAL COST: $60,000 over 2.5 years, or $2,000 per month.

The Gnomon School (Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $16,400 for the entire program
  • Living Cost: $1,500 per month x 1 year = $18,000
  • TOTAL COST: $34,400 over 1 year, or $2,866 per month.

The Safehouse Atelier (San Fransisco, CA) -

  • Tuition Cost: $600 per month
  • Living Cost: $1,500 per month
  • TOTAL COST: $25,200 over 1 year, or $2,100 per month.

Other schools that offer single, a-la-carte classes but less than a year’s worth or don’t focus on 2D Entertainment Art:

Obviously, things are biased towards Los Angeles because of what I know: just ping me if you have stuff to add to this list.

Tuition data taken from school websites, and living cost estimated from City-Data's “median gross rent” rounded up to include utilities, food, and that whole “not-dying” shebang (a lot of these schools don't include board).  Fees and materials are not included.  If there are multiple tuition payment plans, I went with the cheapest.  And of course, tuition is always subject to change!

EDIT: Added a few schools and specified that some listings are “out of state/international.”

08/21/12 at 2:11PM
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