Animators bring characters and stories to life through creative visual design and movement, using animation techniques to produce engaging and entertaining content for films, TV shows, video games, or other multimedia projects.

Day-to-day Task

  • visualise how to animate storyboard and script ideas
  • draw by hand or use animation software to create characters and scenes
  • use motion capture methods to create expressions and movements that are lifelike
  • combine several layers of animation to create the final product.

Skills and Knowledge

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • design skills and knowledge of the fine arts
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through a university course, specialist training courses, or working towards this role. Sometimes, all it takes is a personal connection within the industry to unlock opportunities and kick-start your career.

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in a subject such as:

  • animation
  • art and design
  • computer games development
  • animation production
  • visual effects

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