Career in Animation: How to be an Animator?

Animation is one of the most popular career fields today. The growing popularity of animated films and the use of visual effects in blockbuster films have made Career in Animation a popular choice among students. But despite the rising interest in the field, not many students are aware about what animation is and how they can build their career in Animation? So, let’s try and find out!

Created On: Sep 17, 2020 18:11 IST
Career in Animation: How to be an Animator?
Career in Animation: How to be an Animator?

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or the more recent Minions – ever wondered how these wonderful characters came to life on the big screen. The answer lies in one word i.e. Animation. So, let’s find out what animation is all about and how you can also build a successful career in Animation!

What is Animation?

Animation can be defined as the illusion of movement that is created by showcasing a series of still images in rapid succession. The effect is achieved by projecting images at a very high speed like for example 25-30 frames per second which is faster than that of a usual film.

Why Study Animation?

Do you remember your favourite childhood cartoons or movies like Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, Lion King or video games character like Mario? A lot of these old animated cartoons and movies were designed with the help of traditional animation techniques. However, in recent years the field of animation has taken a giant leap. Today animation is more lifelike and more interesting. The field of animation offers great career opportunities to students.

A skilled animator has good career opportunities in fields such as television shows, movies, and video games. The services of an animator today are required everywhere from commercials to motion graphics, to special effects, animated videos, visual effects in movies etc. Not to mention the field offers great opportunities in terms of salary packages and career growth.

Animation Courses that are available in India

There are a lot of animation courses available in India. Students can choose from a wide range of animation courses depending upon the type of Animation or the field they wish to make a career in.  They can also choose from various diplomas, certificate or bachelors or masters level courses in animation based on their preferences. Let's have a look at some of the popular animation courses in India:


Certificate Level Courses

The duration of the certificate level courses depends on the institute, however; they usually are of 3-6 months duration. It is usually meant for people who are looking to familiarise themselves with the techniques and not looking for something detailed like a degree level course. The Key certificate level courses in Animation are

  • Certificate in VFX
  • Certificate in 2D Animation
  • Certificate in 3D Animation
  • Certificate in Editing, Mixing and Post Production Works
  • Certificate in CG Arts

Diploma Level Courses

Diploma Level Courses usually last between 6 months to 1 year duration. Students can take up this course after successful completion of their class 12th examination from any stream. The key Diploma courses in Animation are:

  • Diploma in 2D Animation
  • Diploma in 3D Animation
  • Diploma in Digital Animation
  • Diploma in CG Animation
  • Diploma in Animation and Filmmaking
  • Diploma in VFX
  • Diploma in Animation and VFX
  • Diploma in Animation, Video Editing and Post Production works

Bachelors Level Courses

These are degree level courses in the field of animation, graphic designing, gaming etc. Students will get a degree of B.A., B.F.A, B.V.A and B.Sc. in animation or related fields upon successful completion of their course. The course duration is 3 years. The key undergraduate degree programmes in animation include:

  • BA in Animation & Multimedia
  • B.Sc. in Animation & Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts (Animation)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Graphics and Web Design
  • BA in Animation and CG Arts
  • BA in Animation and Graphic Design
  • BA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation
  • B.Sc. in Animation and VFX
  • B.Sc. in Animation and Gaming

Masters Level Courses

The post-graduation courses are available in the form of MSc, MA, Master of animation, PG Diploma and PG certificate courses. Some popular courses include, M.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia, M.Sc. in Animation and Digital Filmmaking, M.Sc. in Visual Effects, MA in Animation and Multimedia, MA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation, PG Diploma in Animation etc.

  • M.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia
  • M.Sc. Animation
  • M.A. Animation and Multimedia
  • M.Sc. Animation and Design
  • M. Sc. in Graphics, Animation and Gaming
  • PG Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects
  • M.Sc. in Animation and Game
  • M.Sc. in Animation and VFX
  • M.Sc. in Game Technology

Who should study Animation?

The courses in animation are apt for people with interest in drawing or have a flair for art and a good grasp of the basic concept of designing software. Animation is a very tedious job and hence requires the animator to have a lot of patience. They also need to have an artistic eye with ability to understand different forms in the 3D Space.

Popular Institutes offering Courses in Animation

Some of the top institutes for animation courses in India are:

  • National Institute of Design
  • Amity University
  • Arena Animations
  • Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematic (MAAC)
  • Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay
  • Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects

How to get admission in Animation Courses in India?

There are a lot of colleges offering animation courses in India. The admission process differs for different courses, institutes and even the course level. However, to get admission into animation courses in India some of the basic requirements are:

  • Qualifying Examination - To pursue a diploma or a bachelor’s level course in Animation, candidates need complete their class 12th with minimum qualifying marks. While, for masters level courses, students need to have successfully completed their bachelors in a related field. However, certificate courses can be taken up after successful completion of class 10th.
  • Entrance Exam - Some institutes also conduct Entrance test in order to check the student skills for the specific course.
  • Portfolio-Some colleges might also ask students to present their creative portfolio as a part of the application process. A portfolio is basically a collection of their art that students display to showcase their creativity.

Career Prospects for Animators

Animation is a booming industry. India has around 300 animation studios that offer great career opportunities across a wide range of creative profiles such as visual-effects supervisors, 3D modellers and character animators to technological jobs such as scanning, compositing, digital ink and paint, and game designing. The major employers of animators are in film, television industry and gaming industry. Skilled animators can also take up freelancing projects or branch into other fields such as website design graphics designing and three-dimensional product modelling.

Some popular job profiles for animators are:

  • 2D Animator - 2D animators create characters, backgrounds, and scene transitions, bringing creative ideas and concepts to life. Their images are flat; they have width and height but no depth. 
  • 3D Animator - 3D animators create visual effects and animated characters for television, video games, and other electronic media. Their images are more realistic than 2D animations as they have depth.
  • Compositing Artist - They are responsible for the final appearance of an animation and work in close quarters with SFX specialists, lighting and texture directors etc to ensure the entire project looks consistent.
  •  3D Modeller -    3D modeler’s works from the scratch to bring fully rendered models and environments to life. There are plenty of job opportunities for them not just in films and video games but also in engineering, advertising, manufacturing, architecture and many other fields.
  • Character Animator - Character animators create and design characters using animation software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and even puppetry. They develop moving characters; tell a story, whether it's for film, television, video games or mobile applications.  
  • Texturing Artist - Texture is one of the most crucial aspects of animation. A texture artist concerns him or herself with the finish of any models (and sometimes terrain) to be featured in the animation. They use their skills to create not just lifelike effects but also the ones that are not found in nature.
  • Forensic Animator - A forensic animator utilises his or her unique skills to help investigators piece together crime scenes and collate evidence for presentation to a jury. They often find work in areas of insurance and/or liability claims; their work requires them to recreate real life locations and scenarios using animation.
  • Flash Animators - Flash animators combine skills in illustration, graphic design and composition in order to create compelling 2D and 3D animation in Adobe Flash. Their skills are useful in almost all areas of animation but they mostly find work in areas of advertising and web applications.

The field of Animation offers exciting career opportunities. So, if you think you are passionate about animation and determined to express your creativity then career as an animator might just be your calling. For more informative videos on education and career, stay tuned to

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