Fort Walton Beach, FL has fifty-four computer animation schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Mercer University, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer animation program, has a total student population of 8,072. It is the 246th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Computer Animation students from Fort Walton Beach 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.
Fort Walton Beach lies in Okaloosa county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin area has 76,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,710 average annual salary.
Of the 54 computer animation schools with a 500-mile radius of Fort Walton Beach, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Atlanta comes out as the most expensive ($36,852/yr) for computer animation students, with Griffin Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,295/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Walton Beach|
|Orange Beach||AL||-||1||9.16962||21||57.8 miles|
|Bay Minette||AL||-||1||14.4825||35||75.9 miles|