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

It’s not easy finding a school in Spain that caters to the demands of the various industries that leverage CG artists. But that’s exactly what Barcelona’s FX Animation seeks to do, bridging the gap between traditional educational offerings and what industry expects its artists to know.

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The innovative Trazos School in the heart of Madrid has been ushering in animators for over two decades with its unique combination of short courses and workshops. That’s in large part because Trazos (Escuela Trazos in its native tongue) is not your average animation school. Focusing on the essentials that produce capable and in-demand animators, aspiring and working animators alike choose from a variety of courses to quickly build and hone in on their skills.

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Teesside University in northeastern England has garnered its share of praise and accolades over the years, recently snagging coveted distinctions in the UK while making it to the top 20 of our own International Animation Schools list. The spirit of innovation at Teesside is perhaps nowhere more evident than in their Animation department which offers two BA degrees and a year-long foundation course. Poised to tackle the demands of the industry, their graduates are favorites of many of the world’s largest and cutting edge studios.

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Bradley University

Suburban Illinois may not be the obvious place to look for a stellar Game Design program, but Bradley University might just help to change that perspective. Making both our Top Schools for Game Design and Top MidWest Programs lists, Bradley’s Department of Interactive Media is home to a top-notch Game Design program worthy of attention.

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Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

The Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg is a powerhouse of a film school and a leader in animation and visual effects education. Offering multiple Animation and Interactive Media degrees, the school draws raves from around the world and produces an enviable roster of graduates. The curriculum centers around project-based learning and classes are taught entirely by working professionals rather than faculty fixtures.

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Odd

As its name suggests, there’s nothing common about Odd School and its approach to digital arts education. And that’s exactly how its founders wanted it. Seeking high quality candidates for positions in one of the country’s largest production companies, Até ao Fim do Mundo, was no easy task. The school formed out of this dilemma in an attempt to cultivate the next generation of animators and 3D artists in Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.

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The Animation Workshop in Denmark

Rarely do we stumble across an animation ecosystem seeking to innovate on the traditional education approach. But The Animation Workshop in Denmark is one school that does just that, recently making it to the top 20 of our annual Top 100 International Animation Schools list.

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ohn C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts

The University of Southern California has earned its spot among the nation’s most esteemed institutions of higher learning. Among its many venerable departments, its School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) has nurtured and inspired generations of film makers, animators, directors and entrepreneurs for 85 years. Not surprisingly, it attracts a who’s who list of faculty, guest lecturers and generous endowments while drawing in students from around the world to California’s golden coast. 

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The Sight of Stars

The Animation Career Review interviews list has grown quite large over the years as we’ve talked with over a hundred industry professionals, but none like the one we’re about to share with you! Today we bring you probably the youngest artist we’ve ever interviewed! Devon Manney is in his first year of college at USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has already completed an animated short film!

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Kickstarter is full of extravagant claims and hyperbole, but when Toonocalypse promises that it’s “one of the most unique alien invasion movies ever made” it absolutely delivers when you scroll through its funding page. It’s an apocalypse tale that’s as big as Cloverfield but with the cartoon injected art style of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In all of my years in the art industry I’ve never seen a hybrid art project quite like this. Fans of big action movies will enjoy it and fans of old point-and-click adventure cartoon games like Toonstruck will be obsessed with it.

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