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Game developers take the overall design of a video game and turn it into an actual game. While some game developers may be involved in the concept and story writing of a game, most will spend their days converting layouts, storylines and sketches into playable products. They accomplish this by using advanced technical skills in areas such as coding, programming, and engineering.

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Animation is a highly competitive field that is expected to add some 3,900 new jobs between 2014 and 2024. This represents a 6% increase in employment, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Despite job growth, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “there will be competition for job openings because many recent graduates are interested in entering the occupation.

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So, you want to earn a degree in animation, but you’re a little concerned about your chances of landing a decent job in this competitive field. We’re here to tell you that no matter which field you choose there will always be concerns about finding work. Fortunately, in order to become a successful animator, it might be a good idea to step outside of the box.

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Animation is a multibillion-dollar, global industry that has a place in more major industries that you think. While most people associate animation with entertainment (i.e. television, film, gaming), it is viewed as a powerful communication tool in advertising, business, education, interior design, architecture, medicine, engineering, and technology. In fact, besides the film and video industry, the industries with the highest levels of employment for animators are computer systems design; software publishing; advertising, public relations, and related services; and other information services—in that order.

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Pixologic has declared that ZBrush 4R7 is the final iteration within the ZBrush 4 series, and that they are working on ZBrush 5.0. Instead of adding a few small updates, they’ve packed it with major additions to make ZBrush 4R7 one of the most extensive releases Pixologic has ever had. ZBrush 4R7 is also the first version of ZBrush that’s released with optional 64-bit support!

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California State University Fullerton (CSUF) is a shining example of a public institution with an animation program that rivals any around. Tucked into the vibrant greater Los Angeles area, CSUF boasts a slew of desirable ingredients that lure students from around the world to its beautiful campus. But for those students serious about putting pencil to paper and making a go at becoming an animator, the top notch Entertainment Art/Animation BFA program is more than reason enough to head to northern Orange County.

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With just 1,500 undergraduates, California College of the Arts (CCA) provides an accessible, interdisciplinary, and intellectual environment for students to explore the arts within the broader context of creative curiosity and social responsibility. Among the school’s program roster is its notable Animation BFA which finds a home in the enviable digs of CCA’s Oakland, CA, campus.

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Our sixth seasonal contest received a whopping 85(!) submissions with the overall quality even better than any prior contest. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this contest a success. Below you will find our 2016 "Superhero" Short Animation Contest winners.

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Students at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) are just a stone’s throw away from the world’s largest and oldest animation and film studios. But while the dazzling L.A. industry and glistening beaches provide ample persuasion to some, the university’s Illustration/Animation BFA program attracts aspiring animators by its own unique merits.

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Count to sixty. By the time you’re finished, some 600 Japanese animated videos will have been downloaded from the Internet. That’s the equivalent of six million copies a week. Anime is so popular in Japan (and around the world) that a Japan Times headline read, “Anime makes Japan superpower,” and in 2008 the Japanese government appointed an anime character, Doraemon, an “ambassador” with special responsibility for promoting Japanese culture overseas.

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