Webster Animation Program Ranked Nationally, Regionally

| April 30, 2014
A classroom of future animators.

A classroom of future animators.

Webster University’s Animation program in the School of Communications was ranked as the 12th-best program in the Midwest and the 66th-best in the nation by Animation Career Review, a website for people aspiring to work in animation, game development/design/art, graphic design, digital art and related careers.

Animation Career Review has ranked animation programs annually since 2012. The criteria used to rank a school include academic reputation, admission selectivity, the depth and breadth of the program courses and the faculty, the value of the school as it relates to tuition and average student debt, and geographic location.

Regional and National Rankings

The Midwest region includes programs at universities and colleges in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Last year, Webster’s program was ranked 19th. This national ranking of 66th represents the first time that Webster University was listed in the top 100 by Animation Career Review.

“I am pleased that the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff and the quality of the students was recognized on a national level,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “The Animation program teaches strong fundamentals with cutting-edge technology and advances the artistic side of our students to mold them into some of the most talented animators in the field today.”

For the 2014 rankings, the guide also sent every school under consideration surveys requesting specific information about their programs as well as asking them to rank peer institutions. Click to view the complete list of Midwest rankings or the national rankings.

Animation Program Alumni Success


Leah Latham, a 2010 graduate of Webster University’s Animation program, worked on Disney’s Frozen, which won the 2014 Oscar for Best Animated Film. Past alumni of the program have gone on to work on other blockbuster films: Shanese Williams worked on Man of Steel and The Amazing Spiderman; Tim Latham worked on Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Avengers and Iron Man 3; and Kristen Pratt worked on Game of Thrones, Godzilla and Maleficent.

Other graduates also have contributed other animated films including How to Train Your Dragon, Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs and Despicable Me.

“I love seeing alumni of the program listed in the credits of the biggest blockbusters in theaters,” said Chris Sagovac, assistant professor and head of the program. “It is amazing to see where an artist comes from, contribute to their artistic growth and watch them succeed in the professional world.”

This story originally appeared in the news room at webster.edu.

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