Roberto, I agree with you regarding most for-profit schools. I also think that you did a great job in summarize the top grad programs. BUT. … this list is misleading.
For example, let’s take RISD,which I am familiar with. They do NOT have a graduate animation program. They do have a digital program that is more human-computer design. If you are into designing interfaces for phones or ipods, this would be a great place. I guess animation and computer graphics can be done in that program,but that is not usual.
Carnegie Melon also is very human-computer oriented, although they do have a new entertainment design program.
CalArts has a great masters but it is in experimental animation only! They, themselves. note that their program is primarily designed for those that already have an animation background.The same can be said for SAIC too.
I think that the School of Visual Arts in NY is for-profit. Please check this out. However, unlike most for-profit schools, they do seem to be good.
Rensselaer also has a funky experimental type of program that might not appeal to many folks. It needs to be closely checked out.
UCLA certainly has a good reputation. However, due to the state cutbacks, it isn’t the school that it was. We visited their school of Film and Television. They had peeling paint on the walls, older equipment, mediocre maintenance on building and facilities etc. It palled in comparison to University of Southern California who had all brand new stuff.
NYU also has a very good, well-known program. However, their graduate animation program is NOT in the Tisch school. It is in the school of Continuing and Professional Studies. Moreover, students graduate with an MS degree,which is NOT a terminal degree for teaching,which seems to detract from the reason why folks get master’s degrees.
In addition, NYU’s program is a bit funky. They do have a number of traditional offerings that you would expect in an animation program such as lighting, rigging, etc. HOWEVER, these are electives only . Most of their program has enough required courses to only allow for two electives from these areas unless the student wants to spend an extra semester taking these courses.
One school that you omitted that is considered quite good is Pratt Institute. Their computer arts program is very good and has a very good reputation.
Bottom line: your list.while good, is misleading. Folks really need to check out the schools mentioned very carefully.