Banner Elk, NC has eight animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with an animation program, has a total student population of 872. It is the 199th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Animation students from Banner Elk schools who go on to become animation artists, animators, animation designers, game designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Multimedia artists and animators make on average $62,810 per year and there are about 28,800 of them employed in the US today.
Banner Elk lies in Avery county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary.
Of the 8 animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Banner Elk, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Greenville comes out as the most expensive ($22,087/yr) for animation students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Banner Elk|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||91.0 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||97.0 miles|