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Draw on creative side for career in animation.

Byline: EMMA THOMSON

What does a career as an animator involve? Animators bring drawings or models to life on screen. As an animator, your work could be used in animated films or cartoons.

It could also be used in adverts, computer games, websites and music videos.

As an animator, you could specialise in an animation technique such as 2-D hand-drawn or traditional; 2-D computer-generated; 3-D computer-generated (CGI); stop-frame, stop-motion or model animation.

Producing an animation involves many stages and processes, from generating ideas to building models and editing the final piece.

What skills are needed? To become an animator, you'll need to have creativity and imagination, good drawing or modelling skills, patience, concentration, accuracy and attention to detail.

Good computer skills, preferably including graphics and animation software, are essential. You'll also need to have communication and presentation skills, be able to work in a team and have the ability to work under pressure.

What training do you need? To become an animator, you will need skills in drawing, modelling or using computer animation packages.

Some animators are self-taught, but many start by taking an animation or art-related course to develop their skills before looking for work.

Several colleges and universities offer foundation degrees, BTEC HNDs, degrees and postgraduate courses in animation. The most useful courses include practical skills and work placements.

You could also start in the industry with qualifications in other relevant subjects such as illustration; graphic design; computer programming; model making or sculpture; 3-D design or multimedia design.

What are the opportunities for career progression? Most of your training would be on the job, learning from more experienced animators.

You'll need to keep up-to-date with developments in the animation industry and, with experience and advanced skills, you could progress from junior roles to animator, lead animator and animation director.

What is the salary? (Guideline only) Starting salaries are around pounds 20,000 a year. With more experience and skills, earnings are pounds 30,000 to pounds 40,000.

. ? Creative Skillset, www.creativeskillset.

org ? British Film Institute (BFI), tel: 020 7255 1444, www.bfi.org.uk ? Information only. Jobs not necessarily available.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2012
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