- Digital Media Producer
- Art Director
- Digital Video Specialist
- Motion Graphics Designer
- Special Effects Designer
Shape the way we engage with our world and build practical skills for an innovative new industry by studying an animation course.
What do animation graduates do?
After completing an animation course, you’ll likely work as an animator, performing tasks such as:
- Consulting with clients and stakeholders to determine the objectives and constraints of a creative design brief;
- Researching and analysing assignment communications requirements and selecting appropriate animation medium and tools;
- Reviewing references and researching creative elements;
- Producing sketches, illustrations, diagrams, designs, sketches and draft shorts to communicate design concepts;
- Providing informed advice on use of composition, light, colour, patterns and trends in production design to clients and stakeholders;
- Detailing and developing a storyboard or script for a production;
- Managing the production, shooting, photography or illustration of animation elements;
- Manipulating creative elements using computer programs or physical manipulation;
- Editing film and photos;
- Submitting draft footage or content for review and revision;
- Managing the overall execution of design projects, including managing and briefing staff, and managing budgets and other resources; and
- Managing invoicing and other administrative tasks.
After completing an animation course, you may also seek employment as an illustrator, graphic designer, video producer or other multimedia producer, performing varied creative tasks related to those roles.
You’ll enjoy working in animation if you:
- Are creative
- Can express yourself well
- Have big ideas
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Are curious about the world
- Like using technology
- Can work independently
- Are proactive and enterprising
- Are a natural leader
- Enjoy detailed work
- Have excellent organisational and project management skills
- Enjoy problem-solving and testing
- Work well with people
- Are an innovative thinker
- Enjoy new ideas and opportunities
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the animation profession in Australia is relatively small and stable.
Currently employing approximately 10,300 people, the multimedia sector has been growing modestly for the past decade, and is predicted to continue growing at a similar rate to employ approximately 10,600 people by 2020.
While the size of the multimedia profession indicates roles are available in most areas of Australia, Job Outlook notes that the sector is concentrated in Victoria and New South Wales, with nearly 70 per cent of producers working in these two states.
PayScale reports that animators in Australia can expect to earn between $30,000 and $78,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $52,000. PayScale notes that approximately three-quarters of animators have less than five years of professional experience, indicating that people may move on from this profession as their careers progress.
PayScale reports that other digital media specialists in Australia can expect to earn between $44,000 and $102,000 per year, with an average annual salary of $64,000. Graduates of animation courses may also be able to work as graphic designers, and may earn between $39,000 and $68,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $51,000 per year, according to PayScale.