Animators use drawings, illustrations, software programs, and electronic tools to create visual imagery and affects for films, commercials, mobile devices, video games, and other forms of media. In the process, they may develop storyboards, plan and script animated narrative sequences, and assist with production coordination. Most animation artists work in motion picture, television, game design, and advertising industries.
Animation has evolved into a truly global business. Top-quality animation is produced throughout the world in countries like Spain, France, Korea, Australia, and Russia. As a result, it has become a highly competitive job market, in which animation artists are judged by their portfolio, demonstrating their individual style, vision, and skills level. It is very much a “show me what you can do” profession. While natural talent and creative ability are an absolute must, they are only the starting point on the road to success. Whereas originally, animations technique were based on hand-drawn cells, nowadays, animation is largely dominated by computer-generated imagery (CGI). Therefore, specialized software knowledge and skills are essential for practically all jobs in the visual arts industry. Although, formal training is not exactly required for animation artists, education can make a significant difference between candidates who are otherwise equally qualified. Many fine colleges offer courses and programs in animation, computer graphics, multimedia, video effects, and graphic design.
Glendale Community College offers programs in Classical and Digital Animation. The animation certificates are designed to provide academic and hands-on learning experiences for individuals planning on a career in the field of animation. Course curriculum for either programs involves a wide spectrum of topics ranging from history of art, structure and principles of design, image generation and combination, life drawing to three-dimensional digital animation, modeling, and kinematic animation techniques. Students will be able to acquire knowledge of the animation story structure and character development as well as obtain technical, aesthetic, and conceptual skills in imaging with Photoshop. Classical Animation program will introduce students to fundamentals of acting and movement for theatre. Hands-on projects include the creation of animated short films in various formats.
Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree should consult with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.
Key Skills and Characteristics
- Drawing talent and creative vision.
- Understanding of form and knowledge of design techniques and the art of moving a character.
- Knowledge of background art and layout.
- Expertise in computer design software.
- Patience, perseverance, resourcefulness, ambition.
- Ability to work effectively without supervision and as part of a team.
Related Career Titles
*Sketch Artist *Graphic Designer *3D Modeler *Video Game Designer *Flash Animator *Character Rigger *Painter and Illustrator *Cartoonist *Stop Motion Animator *Forensic Animator *Texture Artist
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