Job Description

An animator will work in a range of industries to design, create and edit animations, they produce images that appear to come to life on screen, this could be in films, music videos, computer games, website, commercials and other media. They use a range of techniques to make images appear to move this is normally 2D drawn animation, 2D computer, 3D computer generated or stop frame or stop motion animation.

Entry Requirements

You'll need skills in drawing, modelling or using computer animation packages.

An animation or art-related HND, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course could be helpful.

You could start as a studio runner and progress to assistant animator.

You'll need a showreel DVD or online portfolio to show your talent.

You could also enter animation competitions, visit festivals, and send short animated films or ideas to broadcasters. This will get you known in the industry and help you to start building a network of contacts.

Creative Skillset has more information about careers in animation.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress from a junior role to animator, lead animator and animation director.

You could also work for larger animation studios, games developers, interactive media designers or video post-production firms.

You might decide to go freelance or start your own studio.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Computer games developer
  • Computer games tester
  • Model maker
  • TV or film production runner
  • Video editor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent creativity and artistic skills
  • Patience
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Excellent IT skills
  • A good eye for detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work to deadlines

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £36,000

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