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Animation Schools In Minnesota

Minnesota has 9 accredited animation schools where animation faculty who teach animation classes can find employment. The trends in Minnesota's animation academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in animation includes animation training at the following levels:


  1. Bethany Lutheran College

    700 Luther Dr, Mankato, Minnesota 56001

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  2. The Art Institutes International Minnesota

    15 S 9th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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  3. Minnesota School of Business in Richfield

    1401 W 76 St, Richfield, Minnesota 55423

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  4. Brown College

    1440 Northland Dr, Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120-1004

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  5. Northland Community and Technical College

    1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701

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  6. Northwestern College in Saint Paul

    3003 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113-1598

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  7. Rasmussen College-Minnesota

    226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713

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  8. Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College

    235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808

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  9. ITT Technical Institute-Eden Prairie

    8911 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347

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Professional Trends

Minnesota Vs. National Animation Employment

Minnesota 6,180
National 229,120

Of all of the animation professionals that work in the US, approximately 3% work in Minnesota state.

Employment Growth for Animation professionals In Minnesota

6,090 6,120 6,550 6,490 6,180
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Minnesota, animation is a growing field. 90 more animation professionals were working in Minnesota in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of animation professionals has grown by 1%. This growth is faster than the change in the number of animation professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of animation professionals has shrunk by 0% from 2006 to 2010.

Animation VS. All Professions salaries in Minnesota

$42,643 $44,940 $45,027 $46,937 $47,257
$45,649 $48,094 $49,813 $50,330 $51,158
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Animation
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of animation professionals is growing, the salaries paid to animation professionals are increasing in Minnesota. The mean salary for animation professionals in 2006 was $42,643 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $47,257 per year.

Salary percentiles for Animation professionals in Minnesota

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Thus, there was a 10% growth in animation professionals' salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 147% pay differential between the highest paid animation professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of animation in Minnesota.

Average Salaries for Animation professionals and related professions in Minnesota

Computer Animation
Game Development
Graphic Design
Visual Communications

Animation professionals in Minnesota earn, on average, more than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Animation programs available for each degree type for all schools in Minnesota


The number of students graduating from the 9 accredited animation schools in Minnesota is decreasing. In Minnesota, there were 72 graduates in 2006. And there were 38 graduates from animation courses in 2010.

This represents a 47% decrease in the number of animation degree or certificate school graduates in Minnesota state. Most of these graduates, or 70%, earned an bachelor's degree in animation.

Animation Faculty Salaries in Minnesota

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