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Animator

Use computer software, creative thought and artistic flair to bring 2D and 3D images to life.

What's it like to be an Animator?

Animators manipulate still images (called frames) to create the illusion of movement. Animation was traditionally performed with pen and paper, but modern animators use computers daily and work with 2D and 3D imagery, as well as using software to create special effects including stop-motion, pixilation and rotoscoping.

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Tasks and duties

  • Liaising with clients and stakeholders to determine scope and specifics of design brief.
  • Preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts.
  • Designing storyboards to illustrate the intended narrative.
  • Using computer software to design 2D frames, 3D frameworks and animated content.
  • Negotiating design solutions with clients and stakeholders.
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Depending on the style of animation (2D or 3D), different techniques may be applied. 2D animation involves the creation and sequencing of still frames to create the illusion of movement, while 3D animation uses digital frameworks to which different textures, effects and animations are then added.

Animators commonly work in large teams at creative agencies, and at film or TV studios. Animators may also work freelance.

What can I earn as an Animator?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Animator is between $60k and $70k

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How to become an Animator


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It is possible to work as an Animator without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of design.

  1. Complete a qualification in Design. This may be a Certificate IV in Screen and Media (CUA41215), Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715), Diploma of Design, an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Game Art) (10702NAT) or Bachelor degree majoring in Design.
  2. Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock animation projects.
  3. Set up a blog or a website to showcase your portfolio.

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Bachelor of Design

This degree prepares you for a career in the design industry. There may also be an option to specialise in one area of design.
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Bachelor of Animation

This qualification will prepare you to start your career in the animation and visual effects industry.

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Certificate IV in Design

With this qualification you will develop your technical design skills and learn to respond to design briefs.
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How do Animators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 4 Animators surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.0
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
3.8

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Nov 2018
It's a very fulfilling role; but it must be your passion or don't bother
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Video Editing
The good things
There is something special about creating something from nothing, seeing the finished product onscreen and everybody's talents coming together; all put on display by you. The moment in the edit room w...
The challenges
You will be expected to give up a lot of your free time, and work when it suits the studio or the client. It can be frustrating dealing with clients who know very little about your industry and/or giv...
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Dec 2018
Animation doesn't always require talent, just a love for the art.
Reviewer's Qualification
Degree in Film and Animation
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Inbetween
The good things
The role of a 2D inbetween animator is fairly diverse, in that you can apply it to any studio and project. Really the biggest hurdle is finding a studio you're comfortable with. But once you find the ...
The challenges
Your seniors will always be pushing your ability. Overtime is unavoidable. Weekends will eventually happen. But it's always worth it as it never feels like a chore, and you'll only get better.
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What are the job opportunities for Animators?

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