Becoming an animator: What does it take?

Globally and locally, the demand for 3D animators is growing steadily, and this trend looks set to continue as more industries begin to require the very specific skills which animators posses . Some of these industries include film and video production, advertising, video games development, and even web design and development.

When it comes to 3D animation in particular, the artist must be able to combine traditional with modern, cutting edge  animation skills to create a final product which is able to communicate a human message. Animators must constantly hone their skills and keep themselves up to date with the quickly evolving standard of animation, as well as emerging  technologies. As a result, animation is one of the most exciting and challenging creative fields that one can pursue.

Do you have the basics?

But what does it take to become an animator? One basic quality which will assist an individual in pursuing a successful  career in animation is creativity, and this applies both to artistic, as well as technical abilities. An animator must be able to master the technical aspects of computer animation and illustration, as well as be able to engage in projects from a creative standpoint. Animation requires innovation and intelligence, and a good animator is someone who not only loves new technologies, but also knows how to use them effectively.

Learning the required skills

Obviously, animation is a highly technical field, and in order to pursue a career in it, a formal education is an absolute must. The Animation School’s curriculum is specifically designed to help students develop the skills and experience that will enable them to pursue promising career paths in animation.

A formal education is a big part of learning to animate, but as important, is practice. The Animation School places a heavy emphasis on training and practicing, and students spent countless hours honing their skills as they learn them. Therefore, an environment in which students are able to dedicate large amounts of time to doing just that, is vital.

Keeping up to date

An animator must keep abreast with current technology, and be highly proficient with software tools such as Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Illustrator, CAD, Adobe After Effects, Light Wave, Rhino, and many more.

Then of course there is a portfolio. In many ways, the first real step toward becoming an animator is creating your portfolio. It is vital that you maintain a demonstrable body of work which shows off your abilities and skills as an animator.

Getting started

If you think you may have what it takes to become an animator, then check out our introduction video , or find out more about our curriculum here.

If you want to know more, contact our principle, Nuno Martins directly on nuno

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