Edinboro University’s award-winning animation program once again ranks among the best in the U.S., after receiving two major national rankings and being named one of the top in Pennsylvania.
Animation Career Review, which publishes regional and national rankings of animation and game design schools, ranked Edinboro University No. 21 in the Top 40 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the United States and No. 15 among the Top 25 Animation Schools and College on the East Coast for 2019.
Additionally, Edinboro University earned the No. 5 ranking among animation schools in Pennsylvania.
“Edinboro’s animation program is unique in that we provide comprehensive exposure to the skills and tools necessary to be a successful animator,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “We also provide fundamental background in a broad range of visual arts and encourage interdisciplinary studies.”
Students in Edinboro’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts program can focus on traditional animation, computer animation, or film and video. Graduates of the program have landed careers with Disney Animation, Pixar and Discovery Channel as animators, filmmakers, directors and producers. Names of alumni can be spotted in the credits for such films as “Zootopia,” “Frozen” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
“Nothing can beat the feeling of seeing your student’s name in the credits of a major animated film,” said Michael Genz, professor in Edinboro’s Art Department and former artist for Disney Television and Warner Brothers. “Our students have proven to take their natural ability and experience at Edinboro to become some of the best animators in the country.”
Edinboro animation students have access to the latest tools in the field of animation, including professional studio/field film and video cameras, lights and sound recording equipment, non-linear video editing systems, a large green screen area and both 2-D and 3-D computer animation work stations.
Edinboro graduates in Applied Media Arts includes artists who have worked on award-winning feature films. Jalil Sadool (’04), co-founder of Steamroller Studios and former animator at DreamWorks, worked with the animation team that won three Academy Awards for “Avatar,” including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Brian Menz (’01), a 3-D character animator with Walt Disney Animation Studio, played a role in the animation of “Big Hero 6,” which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Josh Earl (’05), has won five Emmy Awards for his editing work with the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”
Edinboro animator Jordan Koch (’12) is now a storyboard artist for Nickelodeon, contributing artwork to the hit series “The Loud House.”
To learn more about Edinboro’s Applied Media Arts major and the complete spectrum of art programs, visit art.edinboro.edu.
With photo: Edinboro University graduate Jalil Sadool (left), co-founder of Steamroller Studios who animated characters in the award-winning film “Avatar,” visited campus this week to give a lecture to Edinboro University Art Department students and catch up with Interim President Michael Hannan, classmate Vince Rzecznik and animation professor Michael Genz.