Career in Animation: A Creatively Fulfilling Industry

  • How many times have you seen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Tom and Jerry?
    Of course, they are world famous animated characters.
  • Have you watched Toy Story series, The Lion King, Fantasia, etc?
    You are right, those are blockbuster animated movies.
  • And, what about James Cameron’s “Avatar”, a technological breakthrough movie?
    No, we are not questioning: Does “Avatar” belong to the category of  animated films?

All these are  examples of animation masterpieces. Animation, briefly described, is rapid display of time sequenced frames to create an illusion of continuous movement.

Yes ‘animation’ is  one of the fastest growing and most in-demand industries in the world. Multi media and Animation are among the major hunted jobs of the 21st century. Multimedia alias multiple media as the name suggests is an enormous field that uses more than one medium of communication. It is an art that merges text, images, graphics, animation, audio and video to create virtual magic. Animation is only a component of multimedia.

Animation Industry: Snapshot

So it seems apt to explore the true potential of the animation industry in India. If you would like to have a holistic look of the Animation domain, have a look at the following chart:

Source: ASSOCHAM-Delloite Report

The following tables provide the growth trajectory of the animation industry:

So the above charts sum up that the animation industry in India, which is set to witness an exponential growth.

PWC, an international business consulting service provider, predicts, “Animation, gaming and VFX industry will continue to maintain its growth pace and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 21.4% to INR 82.6 billion in 2015 from its current size of INR 31.3 billion.”

Citing the factors for such prospects of the industry, FICCI-KPMG Report says,” animation in India is currently riding on two key factors – a large base of highly skilled labour, and low cost of production…Technical expertise, robust telecom infrastructure, English speaking graphic designers and relatively low cost of operations are the biggest advantage for Indian companies.” Some elements of production for blockbuster films like Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Spiderman 3 have taken place in India during the last few years.” (Click here to read the complete report.)

This trend is expected to continue, which bodes well for the animation entertainment industry in India, and  will generate a great scope of employment opportunities in India for those who ready to try their skills into it.

Educational Qualifications

For a diploma and for a bachelor degree in animation one needs to have passed 12th standard from any recognized board with minimum of 45% marks. For postgraduate program one should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline preferably arts. One should have a basic knowledge of handling computers.

Some of the institutes like Industrial Design Center (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Design (NID) have a strict eligibility criterion-only graduate of architecture, technology and engineering, fine arts can apply for this course.

Professional Courses

There are various diploma and degree programs in animation and multimedia. These courses focus on teaching and equipping a person in various styles and techniques of animation, which may include:

  • Traditional animation
  • Stop-motion animation
  • Rotoscoping
  • Computer generated 3D and 2Danimation
  • Clay-mation
  • Photoshop
  • Human anatomy
  • Drawing

Colleges, Institutions and Universities

Career Prospects

Animation has evolved into a lucrative career option .  NASSCOM has projected a creation of an additional 300,000 jobs in this sector in next few years. Indian animation industry though a late starter is on the threshold of a boom period and so has a great career potential. India boasts of many leading animation companies   responsible for generating creative and good quality content.

With adequate backing from the government, there is vast potential for the entry of many more animations companies that can engage in the offshore delivery of services.India has great mythological stories and characters, good artists and technicians.

Pay Package

Animation  is a career where one can literally ‘draw’ ones salary. The institutes help you find right placements in the industry. Once you complete the in-house training in some leading animation production studios,  as  a junior animator you can start earning between Rs.12000 to Rs.14000. After having 3to 5 years of experience, you can earn Rs.25000 to Rs.35000 as a senior animator.

But being a creative domain, animation rewards those who have good expertise in animation with proven credentials, and professionals with rich and varied portfolio can even command anything between Rs.50000 to Rs.60000. And,  you can even seal a six-figure salary in a creatively fulfilling industry.

So, take a right career move, and go get it.

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