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Job Name

Animator

Job Description
Animators bring drawings and computer generated characters to life on screen.

Salary Low
£14,000 Starter

Salary high:
£36,000 Experienced

Typical hours:
35 to 40 a week

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become an Animator

You can get into this job through:


University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. The most useful courses include practical skills and work placements. Relevant courses include:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


College

You could do a college course that will teach you some of the skills you'll need to get started as a junior animator. Courses include:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Work


You could start as an animation 'runner' and work your way up to:


Volunteering


You may find it useful to do some related voluntary or paid work. You can contact broadcasting companies, advertising agencies, animation studios or computer games companies to find out about work experience opportunities.

Other Routes

You could take short courses in animation skills and software packages run by film schools, regional screen agencies and private training providers.

More Information

Career tips

You'll need a showreel and portfolio to highlight your best animation work and ideas. Make your work easy to find, either on your own website or blog, or on a video-sharing website.

Further information

You can get advice about working as an animator from ScreenSkills.

You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the type of animation you're doing. You could:

Working environment

You could work in an office, from home or in a creative studio.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from animator to lead animator and animation director.

You could also work for larger animation studios, games developers, interactive media designers or video post-production firms.

You might decide to go freelance or start your own studio.





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