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Animation Design Degree Outlook

An animator is an artist or illustrator who creates special effects or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media. The illustration aspects to this skill cannot be emphasized enough, as animators often use story boards and other venues to create their initial work or even to create the final images. Although animators need to learn how to draw by hand, they also use software that creates vector images for animations.

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In addition to realistic images or caricatures, animators also create special effects seen in video images. These special images can be seen in movies, commercials, and computer games. When animators produce story boards, they are setting the scene for directors and actors. They follow a script to produce the images, and this creates a guide for production. Not all animators make objects move in multimedia presentations. In some cases the animator will create objects that appear three-dimensional, and a programmer will make them appear to move.

Animators, like any other artist, may work in studios with dozens of other artists or work alone. While some animators are hired by studios to work on a full or part time basis, many animators will work on a contract basis for various projects.

The animator may develop skills through fine art classes or through classes aimed at increasing skills in the arts. Although formal training might not be needed, a bachelor's degree program or other postsecondary training in art and/or design makes it easier for many animators to obtain a job and to obtain a position as a studio director. Directors usually have years of work experience behind them and generally need at least a bachelor's degree. A technical aspect to this degree is especially helpful, as animator must understand the boundaries of software used for animation, if not be able to use the software first hand.

Many colleges offer degrees in fine arts; but it if you know you want to study animation, it would be best to find a school that combines a fine arts program with a computer animation program. Multimedia programs often contain a component that deals with animation as well. If you take art classes on the side, this can only add to your skills as a top-notch animator.

Some animators also develop cartoons, books, and other materials that allow for expression outside the computerized realm. If the animator develops writing skills, his or her demand as an artist may increase. The animator also may sell hand-drawn or digital illustrations on the side through various venues.


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Media Arts and Animation (BFA)
  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
  • Curriculum focus on preparing students for a creative career by teaching them the fundamentals of advertising and design
  • Students can choose from courses that cover areas such as advertising concepts, art direction, experience design, and online marketing
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Transferable Credits
Master of Arts in Film & TV - Producing
  • Bachelor’s program options include Communication, Political Communication, Cinema-Television, and more.
  • Several concentrations available, including Rhetoric and Public Culture, Strategic Communication, Theatre, Journalism, Internet and Social Media, and more.
  • All concentrations are designed to teach students the fundamentals of journalism, helping them prepare for careers as reporters and writers.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online Courses
BAC-3D Imaging & Animation
Virginia College , Huntsville
Good for Working Adults
  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
  • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
  • Presents the full tuition cost up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
  • Provides career services associates to help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
  • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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ABCO Technology , Los Angeles
  • An accredited computer training academy preparing students to enter the IT industry as Network Engineers, Software Engineers, Web Apps Developer, Website Designers, Programmers, Database Administrators since 2000.
  • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
  • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
  • Helping students start a career in technology within 3 - 9 months.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Military friendly school.
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Digital Arts and Computer Animation Associate Program
Laurus College , Santa Maria
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2009.
  • Offers career assistance and resource services to both students and graduates.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACCSC).
  • 4 campus locations in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Oxnard, California, with online options as well.
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Bachelor of Science, Animation & VFX
  • Located in Hollywood, CA, offering degrees in film, music production, business, animation and more.
  • Scholarship, financial aid and military benefits are available for students who qualify.
  • Programs taught by award-winning industry professionals in real-world working environments.
  • Features industry-standard facilities including recording studios, soundstages, green screen, movie theatres and more.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Associate Degree-Computer Graphics and Design
  • Features a public spa where massage students can get real-world experience.
  • Honored by the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Century in 2013.
  • New terms start every 10 weeks.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Main campus is located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with satellite campuses in Phoenixville and Warminster.
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