The spark in your heart to make animation as your career choice has aroused so rapidly that opening of animation institution is catching more fire than this. Apparently you will be able to spot an animation school near you as with demand of good animator has raised the schools and universities offering animation degrees. But to find proper animation school for yourself you must possess eagle eyes. Take the advantage of every deal that you require to sign on your way to make a right decision. You should develop a checklist of the things you want to get out of school and don't just say I want a job when I graduate as going to any animation or art school is about more than just getting a job. It is about learning and understanding the craft of animation on a deeper level, it is about the industry connections you'll make through your fellow classmates and instructors, that's probably the biggest advantage animation school grads have over self-taught artists, ask any animator working in the industry today and most will tell you they found their first jobs through former classmates or instructors. The things you should look for in animation school are
Does the program teach all aspects of the art of animation?
I should ask those students who want to be an animator but are scared of drawing. It is really 100% essential that a student expecting to be a good animator must have interest in drawing and so even a good animation school must teach foundation classes like figure drawing, perspective drawing, thumb nailing, sketching, color theory, art history, storyboarding, character design, rot scoping, script writing and so on. Schools which make you practice directly on software will not be able to give you that knowledge which is necessary for your deep learning process. Students going for crash courses do not have proper training at all because they know nothing of the art of animation, nothing about lighting, nothing about story telling. They just "think" they know the software. The majority of the failures occur amongst these individuals. So avoid crash courses. Those who fear doing drawing should not worry as your true dedication will fade out your fear. Still students not having good drawing can go for visual effects or rigging because there's less drawing involved in those crafts but all great animators have to draw there's no way to get around it.
How much experience do the instructors have in the animation industry?
For any institution its soul lies in its instructor who has responsibility to give his students what he has learnt and acquired throughout his life. To concern about instructors’ industry experience is an important factor to be considered. This is because instructors who are currently working in the animation industry know what animation studios are looking for when they're looking to hire a new animator and there up on the latest techniques used in the industry. If your instructor is currently employed in the industry then it gives you peace of mind knowing that the lessons he's teaching you have helped him land a job himself. They have the real world experience to give you those little insider tips that only someone with years of experience in the industry would know. So when you speak to the admissions advisor of whichever animation school you're interested in be sure to ask if the instructors are currently working in the industry or if they had prior animation industry experience.
Where is the animation school located?
You might want a school near your home but it is a suggestion from me that go to a school that's close to the industry you want to work in. The advantage of attending an animation school that's located near the studios is there is a great chance that those animation studios recruit their talent from those local schools, there's also a chance that one of your instructors may work at one of these big-name studios, if he or she does that may be the inside track you need to landing an internship or job at your dream studio.
Does the school have a good alumni network?
Attending a animation school with a good alumni network can be very important as it is required to make connections while you are in school and the alumni network are part of those connections. When speaking to an admissions advisor then surely ask her about the school's alumni network. Ask where graduates of the animation program in up working. Also ask to see prior students work. A good alumni network can be your ticket to landing a job after you graduate.
If you are interested in Animation, then don't go to a school that does not offer a program in Animation, electives don't count. A lot of schools offer electives in using animation software, and that's not the same thing as being educated in Animation. Get in contact with schools and ask for a free info packet, they should be more than happy to provide you with one and this will give you a good opportunity to see what they offer and teach. If you can, visit these schools and get in touch with former students. There's nothing like seeing a school first hand and touring the facilities, but if you can't do that, contacting former students will give you a good idea of what the school is like. Just make sure you talk to more than one person...different people have different experiences!
The first thing comes is your aspiration for animation and then choosing I right school for it. You have to live, eat and sleep animation. If you have that type of passion and dedication there's no question you'll make it. Good Luck!