Many colleges and universities offer animation degree programs, and most schools require an application, transcripts from high school and other post-secondary institutions, and an art portfolio. Schools in North America with highly ranked animation programs include Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada; the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia; the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School in Orlando, Florida; the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
Schools offer curriculum in three principal areas of animation: stop-motion, regular and computer animation, and for a variety of media, including film, television and video games. Institutions' strengths in these areas may vary. For example, Sheridan College offers graduate-level degrees in video game development, the California Institute of the Arts specializes in traditional animation and art techniques, and the Savannah College of Art and Design has graduates working at animation studios like Disney and Pixar due to the strength of its computer animation programs.
When applying for animation programs, students should include both computer graphics and traditional works in their portfolios as schools often look for students with strong fundamental skills in drawing, sketching and illustration in addition to computer art. Applicants should review the application requirements for the school as it may have specific portfolio requirements. Most modern animation uses computers, so general courses in computer programming on a candidate's transcripts can also improve chances of acceptance.