WIA recognizes the importance for animation, VFX, and gaming students to build meaningful connections with each other as they work to enter the industry. To that end, WIA Student Collectives are school-specific groups (virtual and/or in-person) that help their members:

  • Connect to people who share the same passion for animation, VFX, and/or gaming
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Build and/or expand a professional industry network
  • Stay inspired

NOTE:  WIA Student Collectives must be approved by WIA Global and approval must be renewed on an annual basis.

Important Dates

September 14, 2023
General orientation for students who are interested in starting a new WIA Student Collective or renewing one

October 6, 2023
Applications due

October 25, 2023
Student Collective Leads Meet-And-Greet

Mid-year report due

End-of-year report due and end-of-year celebration

Dates are subject to change; events may be added or removed as needed.


Why Form A Student Collective?

As animation continues to reach audiences of diverse age, gender, ethnicity, abilities and culture, so does the need to ensure that animation content represents the world as it should be — a world where people of diverse genders are meaningfully represented, both behind the scenes and on the screen, to move culture forward. You can help make this vision a reality by stepping up as a leader to grow and empower like-minded members at your school. Leading a WIA community can be a rewarding experience in a variety of ways, including:

  • Giving back to the community you love
  • Empower women (cis and trans) and nonbinary students who want to get into the industry
  • Building your leadership skills
  • Growing your professional network


  • Commitment to one full school year of leadership by Collective leaders
    • NOTE: Each Student Collective should have at least two co-leads. Responsibilities can be split up, but Collectives with only one identified leader are less likely to be approved.
  • Minimum of at least 3 events per year (virtual or in-person)
  • Maintain consistent member outreach via rand social media and a newsletter (can be as simple as an email).
  • Attend the annual All Student Collectives meeting
  • Submit a simple, brief mid-year report and end-of-year report

WIA Student Collectives

The Student Collectives listed below are still required to renew their Collective annually to be considered active. 
Contact WIA if you are unsure of your Collective’s Status.

Academy of Art University (@wia_artu)

Animation Mentor (@wia_animationmentor)

AnimSchool (@wia_animschool)

ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, CA, USA)

Atlantic University (@wia.atlanticuniversity)

Borough of Manhattan Community College (@wia.bmcc)

California State University, Fullerton (@wia.csuf)

Chapman University (@wia_chapman)

Columbus College of Art & Design (@Animationcollectiveccad)

Daemen University (@wia.daemen)

DePaul University (@wia.depaul)

East Carolina University (@Wia.ecu)

Fashion Institute of Technology (@Wia.fitnyc)

Kennesaw State University (@wia.ksu)

Laguna College of Art and Design (@wia.lcad)

Lipscomb University (@wia.lipscombuni)

Loyola Marymount University (@wia.lmu)

Moore College of Art and Design (@mooreaniclub)

Purdue University (@wia.purdue)

Ringling College of Art and Design (@wia.rcad)

San Jose State University (@wia_sjsu)

Savannah College of Art and Design (@wia_scad)

School of Visual Arts (SVA) (@wia_sva)

Sheridan College (@wia_sheridan)

Texas A&M University (@wia_tamu)

UCLA (@wia.ucla)

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (@usfqanimacion)

University of Central Florida (@wia_ucf)

University of Southern California (@wia.usc)

WeAnimate Club (RMIT University) (@weanimateclub)

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