What Does the Future Hold for Animators?
From 2016 to 2026, employment for this community is projected to rise by 8%. This is comparable to the national average for all occupations. Increased demand for animation and more realistic visual effects in video games, film, and television is expected to drive job growth for animators and multimedia artists. Companies recruiting artists and animators who work overseas for lower wages, on the other hand, can delay job growth. The growing demand for computer graphics for mobile devices can help to counteract the industry’s slow growth by creating more job opportunities.
Despite average employment growth, competition for animation job openings will remain fierce. “Opportunities should be better for those who have a broad range of skills or specialise in a highly specialised form of animation or effect,” according to the Bureau. Despite this, the United States has 73,700 visual artists and animators, making it the third largest career sector in the art and design world 3d-animator.
Animators and visual artists will find work all over the United States. Five states, however, have the highest job rates. The highest is in California, followed by Texas, New York, Georgia, and Florida.
What Are the Steps to Being an Animator?
Employers nowadays favour animators who have at least a bachelor’s degree. A BA, BFA, or BS in Animation, Animation/Illustration, Animation & Digital Arts, Media Arts & Animation, Computer Animation, Computer Graphics, Media Arts & Science, Fine Art, or even Computer Science are only a few of the choices (with an Emphasis in Animation). Drawing, 2-D Animation Production, 3-D Animation Production, and Stop Motion are all courses that are common to these degree paths and other similar programmes. Animators also research anatomy to better understand how animals and people move in order to create more realistic character movements animation-tools.
Many employers ask for at least two years of business experience and advanced technology expertise in addition to a four-year degree. Only a bachelor’s degree and experience gained through an internship or other support role can be required for entry-level positions. Senior-level positions may necessitate at least five to seven years of industry experience and, in some cases, an advanced degree. Indeed, more schools are now offering MA or MFA degrees in Animation, Animation & Visual Effects, Animation & Digital Arts, and other related fields than ever before.
PhD programmes in Digital Arts & Animation, Multimedia & Animation, Computer Science with an Animation Focus, and many others are available at several schools in the United States, as well as many in Europe and Asia. According to the Bureau, animators with good teamwork and time-management skills will progress to supervisory roles, where they are responsible for one part of a visual effects team, in addition to years of experience and/or an advanced degree. Some artists may progress to positions of leadership or direction, such as art director, producer, or director.
What courses are available at some of the best animation schools?
- Brigham Young University’s Department of Design in the College of Fine Arts and Communications offers a BFA in Animation, while the Department of Computer Science in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences offers a BS in Computer Science with an Animation Focus.
- The School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts offers a BFA in Character Animation as well as BFA and MFA degrees in Experimental Animation.
- A BFA in Electronic and Time-Based Media with a Focus in Animation and a BFA in Integrative Design, Arts & Technology (IDeATe) with a Concentration in Animation & Special Effects are available at Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Art, School of Art.
- The Animation Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a BFA in Animation.
- The Department of Animation and Digital Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts – Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television offers a BFA in Film and Television with an Animation Core in Production and an MFA in Animation and New Media. Tisch Asia also offers a two-year MFA programme.
- The Film/Animation/Video Department (FAV) at the Rhode Island School of Design offers a BFA in FAV.
- BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design
- The Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department (FVNMA) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a BFA and MFA in Studio with a Concentration in Animation. A Studio Certificate is also available.
- The College of Architecture at Texas A&M University offers BS, MS, and MFA degrees in Visualization, which narrowly describes animation as “Visualization.”
- The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts (Hench DADA) of the School of Cinematic Arts (USC Cinematic Arts) at the University of Southern California offers a BA in Animation and Digital Arts. The Division of Film and Television Production, USC Cinematic Arts, offers a BFA in Cinematic Arts, Film & Television Production with Animation and Interactive Media electives. MFA degrees in Animation, Digital Arts, and Interactive Media are available, with a strong emphasis on Animation electives. There are also minors in Animation & Digital Arts and Game Animation.
Fantastic Animation Fact: Animation has existed for much longer than you would expect. A 5,200-year-old bowl discovered in Iran contains an early precursor to animation, according to Computer Science for Fun (published by Queen Mary, University of London). Five sketches run along the bowl’s rim, depicting a wild goat jumping up to eat leaves from a tree when viewed in order.