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VSU animation program ranked 46th in United States

Published date: May 11, 2015

Animation Career Review has ranked Virginia State University’s (VSU) animation program 46th in the nation among public institutions, up from last year’s ranking of 90. VSU’s program is the nation’s highest ranked HBCU and one of only two Virginia universities, along with Virginia Tech, to be ranked. More than 500 public, private and for-profit institutions in the United States have animation programs. 

Animation Career Review is an online resource for aspiring animators, game designers, digital artists and graphic designers. In compiling this year’s ranking, Animation Career Review considered hundreds of schools in the country that offer programs geared toward animation or game design. Criteria used in compiling the rankings included: academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness and geographic location. 

VSU’s department of art and design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation and an animation minor. The program was created in 2008 and recently graduated its third class. Graduates have been accepted into highly respected schools, including Savannah College of Art & Design and Full Sail. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to achieve this ranking, especially considering the small and relatively new nature of the program,” said department chair Thomas Larose. “We must give credit to Mr. Anh Do, as he built the program and we consider him its heart and soul.” 

For more information about VSU’s animation program and the department of art and design, please contact Thomas Larose, Ph.D. at, or visit

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