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Scan just about any job site—Indeed, SimplyHired, Glassdoor—and you will find hundreds of ads for companies looking to hire Flash animators. We’re talking animation studios, production companies, advertising agencies, game design studios, media companies, design firms, and even education companies. This means Flash animators are in high demand and the trend is expected to continue.

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Game designers have a variety of duties ranging from designing characters, levels, and puzzles to creating art and animation. While some game designers may write code, it is usually up to the game developer to take the overall design of the game and turn it into an actual game.

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Japanese animation (Anime) dates back to as early as 1917 when animation historians say Jun'ichi Kouchi released Namakura Gatana. The two-minute silent film tells the story of a samurai’s purchase of a new sword that he quickly discovers is already dull.

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Autodesk isn’t just dominating the 3D industry anymore! With a few SketchBook Pro iterations under their belt in the past few years, they’ve quickly assembled a digital drawing and painting application that’s essential for every form of 2D artist. What it currently lacks in true power, it makes up for in speed. Keep reading for a list of features worth checking out.

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Smith Micro Software’s Poser series has been around since 1995 and is famous for giving you a wide library of gorgeous 3D characters and props to use. Artists that utilize those assets can now hit the ground running and spend more time focusing on animation and advanced modelling and rendering techniques instead of spending hours just making a character. It’s been five years since I last wrote about Poser and a lot has changed! Let’s take a look at the new features that are in Poser Pro 11.

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Gaming is a global, multibillion dollar a year industry that attracts more than 155 million Americans alone. Most of these players are adults. In fact, according to the most recent data by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the average game player is 35 years old. A whopping 27% are 50 and over.

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Artistic talent, creativity and excellent communication skills are important qualities every aspiring animator must have. But these qualities alone won’t prepare you for the competitive world of animation. The industry is so advanced, that animators must have outstanding computer skills in order to master industry software and computer applications as well as software designed specifically for any given animation studio. While some animators consider themselves self-taught, the vast majority obtain the skills they need through an animation program. Even for the self-taught, earning a degree is a safe bet as most employer’s prefer to hire candidates that hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

While pure animation programs are plentiful and cover all bases, so many industries rely on animation that the craft is often a component of many other degree programs. Think advertising, marketing, multimedia art, interactive media, computer graphics, graphic design, game design, game art, art, architecture, art and design, and even law and medicine. Some of these programs offer optional electives that cover major areas of animation while others may offer a focus, specialization, concentration, option, or minor in animation. In these cases, the program will often delve deeper into the art of animation. Finally, many schools also offer hybrid programs (i.e. Film & Animation, Animation & Digital Art, Film/Video/Animation, etc.) that may cover just as many bases as pure animation programs do.

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Whether you call them cartoonists or animators, these amazing artists and storytellers bring some of the wackiest storylines and characters to life, some of which have lived on for generations. Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and Scooby-Doo are just a few. Many of today’s cartoons are well on their way to iconic status as well and some have already made it.

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Animation is a global industry worth billions. This means that today’s major animation studios are looking for exceptional animators that think beyond borders. By choosing to enroll in a study abroad program, animation students will be taking the first step to becoming the valuable, globally minded asset employers look for in the extremely competitive and growing animation industry.

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Did you know that film & video and advertising are not the only career options for animators? Sure, film is the most popular career for animators and yes, it can be exciting, glamorous, and fun, but animators are in high demand in a number of truly unique career fields, and the pay is often higher.

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