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Animation is the area of study and employment responsible for the creation of effects, cartoons, computer generated imagery, or any other type of motion attributed to two or three dimensional images. Individuals in this field must be familiar with traditional and modern forms of animation, including software and associated techniques in order to deliver the desired product.
Education and Schools
Animation as a field is not restricted to a particular level of education, but due to the increasing complexity of software and techniques used by the field, many programs have become available offering a an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of animation. The primary goal of these programs is to assist students in developing the necessary skills and knowledge in order to enter the workforce as competent and capable individuals.
A curriculum may include:
- Video Editing
- Color Selection and Correction
When searching for a school, students should consider the success rate of graduates, job assistance, and the notoriety achieved by alumnus. Schools that maintain ties with graduates, asking them to return to lecture or offer advice allow students to connect and possibly find internship or job opportunities which can be invaluable for the establishment of one’s career.
Entry into animation as a field may be difficult due to the limited number of jobs and competitive atmosphere. But this is generally specific to animation for the purposes of entertainment, such as cartoons, movies, or special effects, as opposed to animation for titles and other motion graphics related areas, for which employment may be more readily available both locally and in general. Animation as a field is expected to grow over the next decade as the its products becomes more widely used in media, costs become reduced due to cheaper and more powerful technologies, and more individuals are capable of performing tasks associated with the field.
There are many organizations that offer assistance in the growth and advancement for the field of animation, either as an art form or professionally. One of the largest is the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, which works to advance motion picture animation internationally with chapters in many countries including the United States.