Salary Trends in Animation and Related Fields

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Animation Schools in Utah February 13, 2016

Utah

Utah is home to just under 3 million people and the population is on the rise. The state was home to around 2.7 million people in 2010. Population growth is always good news for every industry. This is especially true when it comes to creative industries. In Utah, the number of salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (ADESM) rose from 16,580 in 2012 to 18,280 in 2015. Salaries increased as well from an annual mean of $41,960 in 2012 to $44,530 in 2015. Besides a growing population of artists of all kinds, Utah has experienced significant growth in the technology, game design, and even film. 

For starters, a recent New Yorker article discusses how Utah became the next Silicon Valley and many are now calling the metropolitan area that includes the Salt Lake City metro area, Provo, Park City, Utah and the surrounding areas ‘Silicon Slopes.’ Headquartered in Provo, Micro Focus (formerly Novell) is one of the world’s largest computer networking firms. Adobe and eBay have offices in Utah and Salt Lake City is one of the few cities to offer Google Fiber.  

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Wisconsin Illustration

Most creative industries today require the expertise of someone who can sketch/illustrate/ draw. Just a few include publishing, TV, film and video, advertising, graphic design, animation, fashion, and architecture. Many other industries such as legal, medical, and science and technology routinely hire technical illustrators as well. What this means is today’s illustrator must be talented, versatile, and well trained. Fortunately, most art programs at colleges and universities offer illustration and drawing programs, or a significant amount of illustration/drawing coursework may be part of a larger program such as animation or graphic design.

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Virginia

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the graphic design industry has held up pretty well. Employment growth has remained stable overall, meaning it has not really gone up or down, and according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the work of graphic designers will continue to be important in the marketing of products throughout the economy. Further, says the BLS, employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow a staggering 21 percent for the 2014-2024 decade. With the increasing use of the Internet, companies are increasing their digital presence and graphic designers will be needed to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites.

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Wisconsin

Did you know that around 67 percent of U.S. households play video games and kids no longer dominate the gaming world? According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), in 2010, just 25 percent of gamers were under 18. The average age of a gamer is actually 34, and the most frequent game purchaser is often around 39. Further, around 49 percent of gamers are 18-49 years of age and twenty-six percent are over 50. Finally, around two out of every five players are female. 

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Art Schools in North Carolina

With a population more than 9.9 million, North Carolina is the 10th largest state in the U.S. It is home to creative cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem. In fact, on the list of America’s Leading Creative Class Metros, Durham, North Carolina tops the list. Around 48.4 percent of the population here are members of the creative class, which consists of professionals in the fields of arts, design and architecture, entertainment and media, science and technology, and healthcare, law, management and education. Just a few other (smaller) creative cities worth mentioning are Chapel Hill, Asheville, and Eden.

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Virginia

Virginia is home to more than 8 million people, making it the nations’ 12th largest state and the population is growing. The population increased by nearly 66,000 between 2010 and 2014 and the state’s largest city—Virginia Beach, added nearly 12,000 new residents. Being one of top 15 largest states in the U.S., or any heavily populated area, has its perks. Convenience, endless entertainment options, top quality restaurants and shopping, festivals and other events are just a few. One of the biggest perks, though, is the arts and culture scene—and the state of Virginia certainly has an active one. 

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Digital Art Schools in Pennsylvania

While Pennsylvania’s traditional fine art scene in alive and well, the areas of experimental, digital, and other alternative art forms here are growing. Aspiring digital artists and spectators alike may explore digital and experimental art works at major Pennsylvania art museums such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In addition, hundreds of art galleries, design studios, and art centers encourage the submission of digital and experimental art, and these art forms are often highly promoted. 

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South Carolina

When you think of the word “art,” oil paintings and ornate sculptures may come to mind. Sure, painting and sculpting are staples of the world of art, but thanks to technology and advances in traditional areas of art, there are now dozens, if not hundreds of innovative forms of artistic expression. They can be seen in web design, mobile applications, advertising, films, animated productions, window displays, buildings, retail shops, public spaces, structures, and more. Because art is an ever-expanding diverse field, a typical degree program will feature multiple disciplines. Students in any given program may study a combination of painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital art, ceramics, printmaking, and others. Fortunately, the state of South Carolina is home to a variety of schools that offer comprehensive art and design programs that pair well in today’s progressive world of art.

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Minnesota Animation Schools February 2, 2016

Minnesota

The Minnesota Film and Television Board provides a plethora of perks for filmmakers that choose the North Star State as a backdrop for films. For this reason, this bustling film office has its hands full managing more than 10,000 filming locations, the “Snowbate” program, which allows filmmakers to apply for reimbursement of 20 to 25 percent cash back on production expenditures, a hotline for cast and crew, and a large production directory. Thanks to all of its hard work, the Board attracts productions of all kinds to the state—including animated productions. 

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North Carolina

From Winston-Salem to Wilmington, North Carolina is home to one of the largest collections of art venues in the region. Head to lively Raleigh where you’ll find the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), or visit artsy Asheville where you’ll find the intimate Asheville Art Museum. Other excellent art venues include Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

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