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

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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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A few years have passed since I wrote my Top 100 Most Influential Animation Studios of All Time list and I wanted to take the pulse of the current animation industry. I organized my studio rankings with the criteria for influence being: how many releases they had in 2013 and 2014 combined, how many people watched their new animations when they were released, how many people still watch their older animations today, what do they have coming out in the near future, how unique are their animations, and how much competition from other studios do they have?

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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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