Animation / Game Design Degrees
Career summary: Multimedia Artists and Animators
National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
6% job growth by 2022, which is below average
Earn a degree in animation / game design from an accredited college
The illusion of movement that is created through the rapid display of two or three dimensional images for cartoons and movies is known as animation. Since there are many techniques and processes involved in producing animation, careers in this field can vary greatly. The most common techniques involve drawn images, objects created with clay, paper or other medium, or moving images created with computer graphics. Careers in animation can involve everything from drawing and computer graphics to voice and sound effects. Degrees in animation will instruct you appropriately in all the aspects of the industry and more thoroughly in the areas of interest to you.
Why would I want a degree in animation and game design?
This is your chance to break into Hollywood without stepping in front of a camera! Animators and game designers are highly sought after as the animated film industry continues to boom. You have an opportunity to let your creativity flow alongside others and can contribute to big-name projects that will help you move forward in your field.
What skills do I need to become an animator or game designer?
You should be (or become) familiar with software such as: Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, Shockwave, Cyberspot, Freehand, and LiveMotion. You should also be flexible, self-motivated, have a high level of artistic ability, be able to work with others and in a group, and be able to communicate ideas easily. Many companies also look for people to make scale models or to paint, draw, or design sets or other parts of a digital landscape, so having these skills can also be very beneficial when applying for jobs.
5 Common Careers:
- Concept/Storyboard Artist
- Animator/Character Artist
- Technical Director
What kinds of jobs could I get with a degree in animation and game design?
Animators are in high demand in the film industry as well as in video game and computer design. You’ll have a chance to both draw things out by hand as well as on the computer, and work on teams with other creative people. Advertisers also use animators and designers when making commercials, billboards, and other ads. Plus you can use your skills within a lot of other industries, so your options are quite broad!
How popular are jobs in animation and game design?
Animators and game designers are always in high demand. New computer animated movies, TV shows, video games, and advertisements are always coming out, and always in need of people. Plus, with 3-D movies becoming more and more popular, the call for people familiar with that technology has skyrocketed. These are jobs that will always be out there, no matter what the state of the economy is.
How do I become an animator or game designer?
Getting a Bachelor’s or Associate degree in animation, game design, or graphic design is the best place to start. From there, getting your work out there is the next step. Look for internships at animation companies where you can get practice and practical experience. Even small companies are worth your time Ã¢â¬â you need to get experience before you can work for the big companies. And make sure to keep up with the latest technologies!
Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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