DSU ranks among top 50 public animation schools in nation

Animation Career Review recently announced its rankings for the top animation schools in the nation.

Dakota State University ranked among the top 50 public schools nationwide and among the top 25 in the Midwest region.

Colleges and universities were ranked based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, value as it relates to tuition, and indebtedness and geographic location.

DSU's Digital Arts and Design: Production Animation bachelor's degree and Production Animation 2D and 3D minors were among the programs considered in the rankings.

These programs highlight both digital arts and design and production animation coursework, which prepares graduates to pursue careers in animation, 3D graphic design, TV/film effects, broadcast design and others.

Ryan English, assistant professor of animation at DSU, was interviewed by Animation Career Review.

English's extensive career in the animation industry includes work on some of the biggest box office hits, like "Happy Feet," "X-Men," "Hotel Transylvania 2" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

He cited the fact that meeting DSU professors who were enthusiastic and had a diverse array of backgrounds led him to move to Madison to teach.

His interview also spoke of the work his students do in the classroom and how small class sizes let him get to know the students.

"My class size averages around 16 students, and many of them I see each semester," English said. "This definitely allows me to get to know their strengths and areas that need work.

``I try to relate classroom topics to real-life, tangible concepts that my students might have had the opportunity to experience, because I find this helps in bridging understanding into knowing."

English's full interview is available at http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/close-knit-qa- ryan-english-dakota-state-university-animation-program.

DSU moved up seven spots in the regional rankings since the previous year, sitting at #17 for 2016, and up 10 spots in the national rankings at #34.

Animation Career Review was launched in 2011 with the goal to be the most comprehensive source of information for aspiring animation and game design professionals.

All the rankings for 2016 can be found at http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/2016-animation-school- rankings.

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