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Computer Graphics (CG) Animator

CG animators use computer software to produce sequenced images which create an illusion of movement known as animation.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Computer Graphics (CG) Animator do?

CG animators use computer software to produce sequenced images which create an illusion of movement known as animation.

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Work activities

As a CG animator, you would:

  • meet with the design team to define the concepts which need to be animated
  • use defined animation styles to depict the script and narrative
  • build animation for a wide range of characters and concepts
  • compose the various layers of animation (backgrounds, special effects, characters) in order to produce the finished piece
  • work collaboratively with art directors, artists, designers and producers
  • meet production and project deadlines
  • use a range of technical software packages
  • keep up to date with new technology and CG animation techniques and software. 
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Key skills and interests

To become a CG animator, you would need:

  • the ability to meet deadlines, including under pressure
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • artistic talent and storytelling skills
  • creativity and problem solving abilities
  • excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • flexibility to work on a number of projects at once.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday. There may be some overtime necessary when project deadlines are close. Part-time or flexible work arrangement should be possible.

In a freelance or contract role, you would would work the necessary hours to complete a project and meet deadlines.


Conditions

You would usually office-based, although you may spend time travelling to client meetings if you work for a company that provides animation services to a range of clients.

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How to become an Computer Graphics (CG) Animator?

Entry Level Education

To become a CG animator you usually have to complete a VET qualification or a degree in multimedia, animation, art / design’ games design and development or information technology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Animation is a competitive industry. Employers will consider your artistic background and skills as well as your IT skills and qualifications. You would usually be required to submit a portfolio or show reel of your work alongside a job application.

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Job outlook

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Employment of CG animators is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

This is a reasonably small but growing occupation. Many of the available jobs will be found overseas, rather than locally, especially in the motion picture industry. CG animation is increasingly being used in graphic and web design, and opportunities should be good locally for those with combined skills across these areas.

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