Animators play an important role behind-the-scenes on a range of projects, from action movies to video games, television commercials, websites and mobile applications. Animation is everywhere and there are careers in all sorts of industries.So, in a specialised and competitive field, do you have what it takes to pursue a career in animation?
What does an animator do?As an animator, technical artist or motion graphic specialist, you will create special effects, animation, or other visual images using a range of technology.
A career in animation could lead you in many different directions – you could work on movies, commercials, video games, motion graphics, internet ads, medical explanations, VR tours of buildings or home models, or even recreate crime scenes for forensics.
What does it take to become an animator?If you’re considering a career in animation, the first step is to determine whether you have the qualities that lend themselves well to the profession.
“Animation involves a mix of art and science. You must have an artistic eye, but also enjoy breaking things down to see how they work and fit together,” says Creative Media, Arts and Design lecturer Associate Professor Rebecca Ambrose.
Another key to success is having the patience and creativity to plan your projects well. Knowing how to lay out your project will have a huge impact on whether the end product feels pleasing or cringe-worthy. It’s all about creating an order that will best represent the product, says Assoc. Prof. Ambrose.
"Additionally, you should have an observant eye, as well as the willingness to continually improve the way they observe form and space."
What technical skills does an animator need?
So, you’ve got the interest, passion and patience – but what about the technical skills? At Murdoch, our passionate and experienced lecturers and tutors will help to nurture your natural interest in animation, while teaching you the practical side of things too.
As part of our Games Art and Design course, you’ll get to work with real organisations such as Black Lab Games and the Water Corporation on real projects. You’ll learn things such as:
- Advanced 3D character animation
- Mobile app and interaction design
- VR, platforms and publishing
- Critical games play and design
- Digital painting
Ready to start your journey to a career in animation?
Bringing dynamic images to life is an exciting and challenging job. If you’ve got the drive, passion and commitment to succeed in a high-pressured and fast-paced environment, then a career in animation could be for you.
If you’re ready to take the first step on your animation career path, check out our Games Art and Design course to learn more about how Murdoch can set you up for success.