A career in animation is one of the most-sought-after career options these days. And why not? With high salaries, career growth and an opportunity to showcase your creativity, a career in animation could be the right choice for today’s youth. In Latin ‘anima’ means soul so it’s all about giving soul to a character. To ‘animate ‘is literally to give life to.

Now day’s animation is used in various fields such as by film industry, gaming industry, design houses, advertising industry and education sectors. Animation can be defined as the art of breathing life to a character or an object. It is concerned with drawings, layout, design and layout of graphically rich and attractive multimedia clips.

The animation work falls into two broad categories:

  • Programming i.e. writing programme
  • Creative: Story board, sketching, finalizing movements, model making etc.

After XII, one can go for 4-year degree programme or diploma courses. On the programming side, BCA qualification is good and on creative, BFA. PG courses are also available at FTII, Pune. Please note different institutions have different eligibility criteria for an animation course. A 50% marks is minimum you should have.

  • Creativity and imagination.
  • Patience and attention to detail.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with graphics software.
  • Communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work as part of a team.

There are a lot of career prospects available for candidates who have finished their course in animation:

  • 2 D Animator
  • 3 D Animator
  • Modeller
  • Character Animator
  • Layout Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Image Editor
  • Lighting Artist
  • Key Frame Animator
  • Story Board Artist
  • Background Artist
  • Clean Up Artist
  • Rendering Artist
  • Rigging Artist
  • Digital Ink and Paint Artist
  • Freelance work

If you are a junior animator working for a studio or a production house then you can make anywhere from Rs 10,000/- to Rs 15,000/- per month. However, with an experience of 2 to 3 years you can be a senior animator and make Rs 30,000/- to Rs 45,000/- per month.

  • Arena Animation – All over India for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, 2D, 3D etc.
  • NID – Ahmadabad for Animation Film Design
  • IIT Bombay – Mumbai for Animation and game design
  • Whistling Wood Institute – Mumbai for 2D and 3D Animation
  • ICAT – Chennai for 2D, 3D, Visual Effects, Game Design
  • DSK Institute of Design – Pune for Animation and Game Design
  • ICAAT – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore for 2D and 3D
  • Manipal University – Manipal for 2D and 3D
  • Animaster – Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi for 2D, 3D, Web Animation
  • MAAC, Delhi
  • FTII, Pune
  • Sheridan ,Canada
  • CalArts ,US
  • Gobelins , Europe
  • Savannah College of Art and Design , Hong Kong
  • Digital animation and visual effects school , Florida
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • The Maryland Institute College and Art, US
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Carnegie Mellon University Lab, Pennsylvania
  • Vancouver Institute of Media Arts ,Canada