Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has two computer animation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Modesto Junior College, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 18,410. It is the 4950th highest ranked school in the USA and the 475th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Computer Animation students from Fresno schools who go on to become computer animators, animators, animation designers, animation artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 28,800 people working as multimedia artists and animators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,810.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
Of the 2 computer animation schools with a 100-mile radius of Fresno, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gavilan College comes out as the most expensive ($7,829/yr) for computer animation students, with Modesto Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $6,882/yr.
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