Careers in Animation: Articles on Employment Trends, Salary Trends, Types of Jobs & Education/Training Requirements

Top 100 Most Influential

After eight years of writing about video games, I wanted to take the pulse of the game industry. I organized this list with the criteria for influence being: how long since a studio’s last release, how many releases they had in 2013 and 2014 combined, how many copies were sold, how many people still play their games today, what do they have coming out in the near future, how unique are their games, and how much competition from other studios do they have?

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The Albuquerque Art Scene

New Mexico is home to more than 8,000 salaried artists and thousands of independent artists.  This means, no matter where you go in the state, you will likely find a lively art scene with local artists selling everything from paintings to pottery. Some cities have a larger scene than others, though. Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and nearby Santa Fe are just a few. Albuquerque (the biggest city in the state), happens to have the largest and liveliest scene. 

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Animation Careers in the District of Columbia

Overview - The District of Columbia is home to the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Thanks to an wide range of program options via Netflix, Amazon Prime, cable television, and more, the Office is now one of the busiest film offices in the country. Just a few “Made in DC” productions include Alpha House (Amazon), House of Cards (Netflix/Sony Pictures Entertainment), Catfish (MTV), Madame Secretary (CBS), Covert Affairs (TNT), VEEP (HBO), Blacklist (NBC), Scandal (ABC), and The Americans (FX). 

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Washington DC Art Scene

The Washington DC art scene is one of the most progressive in the nation. Although small in comparison to other cities—DC is home to less than 700,000 people, the District is home to around 28,140 salaried professionals working in the art, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations. Washington DC is also home to some of the country’s most celebrated art museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Corcoran Gallery of Art at Corcoran College of Art + Design.

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Creating cool characters with enough charisma to captivate audiences of all ages is just one of the amazing talents today's top animators possess. They also have remarkable storytelling ability, superior tech savvy, incredible illustration skills, and much more. Sure, a good number of today's high-level animators were actually born with these enviable talents, but most successful animators will agree that a degree program helped them refine their skills and learn the ins and outs of the animation industry. And that’s just the beginning.

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San Antonio Art Scene

San Antonio has a growing art scene that offers art walks and fairs year-round, dozens of art museums and art galleries of all sizes, and a growing number of art venues and associations that encourage experimental art of all kinds. A good example is the city’s signature arts event called Luminaria. This outdoor public festival is open to all and features film and media artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians, literary artists, and much more.

To get an idea of how fast the art scene has grown in San Antonio, Luminaria has tripled in size over the years, so it moved to a 90-acre park beginning in 2011. This is exciting news for animators interested in displaying their work. The larger space accommodates bigger crowds, larger installations, and more stages for performances. 

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The Houston Art Scene

It’s easy to be an artist in Houston. Why? For starters, Houston is the largest and one of the most creative cities in Texas, yet the Houston art scene isn’t oversaturated. Next, Houston is considered the country’s number one job creator, it is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies and a dollar stretches farther here than anywhere else  in the U.S. Finally, Houston’s local galleries are not so conservative as some people think. In fact, the city’s numerous galleries and institutes are open to displaying experimental art of all kinds—this includes animation. 

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The Los Angeles Art Scene

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, which is why filmmakers, producers, animators, and other artists flock here to claim their piece of the pie. The state is home to roughly a third of all animators and multimedia artists in the U.S., with the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metropolitan area leading the pack. The Los Angeles area is also home to more working independent artists and animators than any other city and no other city offers more independent studios willing to take a chance on a new artist. 

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The Chicago Art Scene

Chicago is as famous for art as it is for architecture. While this cultural mecca is home to many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, it is also home to the world famous Art Institute of Chicago, plus hundreds of art galleries—big and small. On any given day, the Art Institute and the city’s collection of up and coming galleries showcase everything from modern abstract paintings to moving digital art installations to live art demonstrations. 

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NCSoft - Career Profile

January 22, 2015

What does it take to get a job with NCSOFT? What is it like working at NCSOFT? ACR takes a look:


Established in 1997, NCSOFT Corporation is a publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online role-playing games or MMORPGs. In addition to launching Korea’s “first highly popularized internet-based online game” titled Lineage, the company has produced popular titles such as Lineage 2, Aion, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, and Blade & Soul. Lineage is NCSOFT’s flagship product. Since the development of NCSOFT’s flagship product—Lineage,  the company’s games have attracted millions of subscribers in Korea alone, plus millions more worldwide.

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