Media / Digital Media

Animator

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, online and other forms of media.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Animator do?

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, online and other forms of media.

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Work activities

Animators use computer or stop-frame animation to create movement and personality. As an animator, your work could be used in animated films or television cartoons. It may also be used for advertisements, computer games, websites and music videos. You could specialise in one of the following animation techniques:

  • 2D hand-drawn or traditional
  • 2D computer-generated
  • 3D computer-generated imagery (CGI)
  • stop-frame, stop-motion or model animation.

Producing an animation involves many stages and processes. This can include generating ideas in the development stage to building models during production, and editing the final piece in post-production. Working on a smaller project might mean that you are involved with production more broadly. On large or long-running productions, you could be part of a team of animators and assistants working on one project for several weeks, months or even years.

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Key skills and interests

To become an animator, you would need:

  • creativity and imagination
  • good drawing or modelling skills
  • patience and concentration
  • acting skills to bring characters to life
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to take direction.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

For many projects you would usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday, but you may sometimes need to work overtime and weekends to meet deadlines.

Conditions

Animation work can be based at an office or studio depending on your role and the type of animation. Working as a freelance animator may give you the opportunity to work from home.

In stop-motion animation you may spend a lot of time on your feet adjusting models. In other types of animation, you would spend most of your time sitting at a computer or drawing board.

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How to become an Animator?

Entry Level Education

You can work as an animator without formal qualifications, but increasingly, entry to this occupation requires completion of a university degree.

You can also become an animator by completing a degree in animation, graphic design, digital media, new media design, fine arts, creative arts, visual arts or visual communication. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent, with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio of work.

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Job outlook

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Employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in online / video games, movies, and television.

Consumers will continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and three-dimensional movies. They will also demand newer computer hardware, which adds to the complexity of the games themselves. Video game studios will require additional multimedia artists and animators to meet this increased demand.

In addition, an increased demand for computer graphics for mobile devices, such as smart phones, could lead to more job opportunities. Multimedia artists will be needed to create animation for games and applications for mobile devices.

There are likely to be more employment opportunities overseas than in Australia.

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