Animation and Graphics


Most of us are aware of Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse, or Mottu Patlu, some animated characters that have entertained and delighted us. Do you know how these characters were born and how it is possible to create wonders with the art of drawing? The answer to this is ‘animation,’ which is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most in-demand industries. Multi media and Animation are among the major hunted jobs of the 21st century. It’s a kind of interactive magic that combines text, pictures, visuals, animation, audio, and video. Animation is only a component of multimedia.

A career in animation can be described as the art of bringing a character or object to life. It is concerned with the architecture, drawing, layout, and creation of graphically rich and enticing video clips. It is a fusion of the entertainment industry and technology.

Animation is an area that people with strong imagination and drawing abilities should explore. Animators are skilled artists who produce characters for a wide range of projects, including films, tv shows, and advertising. They deal not only in film and television, but also with motion graphics, visual effects, online advertising, and medical explanations and recreating crime scenes for forensics, etc. Freelance work is another option, particularly for web animators. Website design, CD-Rom creation, graphics design, and three-dimensional product modelling are all options for animators.

Nature of work

Common activities performed by animators in different fields include:

  • Making frames
  • Designing an interactive world with scenery, events, and sets
  •  Designing characters
  • Drawing storyboards and creating realistic models 
  • Working with customers
  • Using computer applications
  • Using images of an actor’s movement to animate as a 3D character
  • Working as one of a team with actors, directors, and/or game designers.
  • Determining movement timing to ensure that it complies with the script/soundtrack requirements

Scope of Animation and graphics

Animation is a multibillion-dollar industry with a wide variety of work opportunities, including technology-based positions like scanning, compositing, digital ink and paint, and game design, as well as artistic jobs like visual-effects supervisors, 3D modellers, and character animators. Job opportunities for animators are increasing, and they are in high demand, as the industry is rising and has become a common feature in films and advertisements. Training is the most significant factor in the growth of a skilled professional in the field of animation. There are a variety of diploma courses available, such as Graphic Designing, Web Designing, and others, that can help them learn the professional skills needed to seek a successful career in this exciting and competitive industry.

Qualities and skills required to have a career in animation

You should consider whether you have the characteristics that make you a good choice for the career. Of course, some technical training would be needed, but it’s helpful to know if you’re a natural fit. Essential skills for a career in animation include:

  • Creativity
  • Good Visual Imagination
  • Good Colour Sense
  • Artistic Skills
  • Appreciation of Aesthetics
  • Ability to Express Ideas Through Drawings
  • Detail Oriented
  • Observational skills

Technical skills needed in animation

Perhaps you’ve found that you have the innate qualities necessary to excel in the animation industry. However, you are not in the clear yet. If those attributes aren’t supported by the necessary technical skills for animation, they’re useless.

Animators would use both the imaginative right and analytical left sides of their minds to carry their innovative ideas to life.

3D animation skills are very key to animation.Becoming skilled in programs such as 3DS Max and Maya are important to excel in this field.

Animation skills in demand

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Motion graphics
  • Social media
  • Maya®
  • Interaction design
  • Typesetting
  • 3D modeling
  • Prototyping
  • UX wireframes
  • Cinema 4D®

How to become an animator

Different institutions have different eligiblity criteria for an animation course.  50% marks is usually the minimum you need to have. You can have the following formal education:

  • Diploma in animation/graphics
  • Certifications in animation/media/graphics
  • Bachelors in Animation
  • Masters in an animation major

While some employers will consider an advanced diploma or certificate for entry-level jobs, most employers will expect an animator to have at least a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree will help you perfect specific facets of your profession.

Animation majors that you can opt for include:

  • Advertising
  • Character animation
  • Computer animation
  • Fine arts
  • Mobile game development
  • Modeling
  • Special and visual effect

Best Institutes

  • National college of Arts
  • The University Of Faisalabad
  • Institute For Art And Culture
  • Skill Development Council
  • Dehli Mercantile Society Technical Institute
  • Institute Of Professional And Technical Studies

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Job Market and opportunities

As an animator, you may get an opportunity to work in the following sectors:

  • Online and Print News Media
  • Cartoon Production
  • Advertising
  • Video Gaming
  • Theater
  • Film & Television
  • E-learning


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