Salary Trends in Animation and Related Fields

Animation Careers in Georgia Overview

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that Georgia is home to the nation’s fifth largest population of animators and multimedia artists. Georgia has also been listed as one of America’s top five states for film production since 2008, with nine productions to its credit in 2014 alone. Films such as Oscar-nominated Selma, The Homesman, Need for Speed, The Blind Side and Fast & the Furious were filmed entirely or partially in Georgia, and the state's largest city, Atlanta, is home to the 30-acre studio complex EUE/Screen Gems Studios. The state is number two in the nation for production tax incentives, and according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the state is home to more than 30,000 working professionals in the entertainment industry alone. 

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Animation Careers in New Jersey Overview

With Newark a mere 11.4 miles from New York, New Jersey is a great place for aspiring animators that would like the option to work locally and/or in New York. While New York has a lot to offer when it comes to job opportunities for animators, New Jersey has its fair share of attractions for aspiring animators. First, the state is home to Kean University, which offers a competitive Bachelor of Art (BA) in Media & Film. The school also houses the Robert Bush School of Design, which sponsors the Kean University Animation Festival. 

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Animation Careers in Tennessee Overview

Tennessee has a lot to offer aspiring animators. The state has an active film scene, thanks to the Tennessee Film Entertainment & Music Commission, and it is home to hundreds of creative agencies and production studios. Tennessee is also home to hundreds of technology companies (one of the top five industries for animators), with more than 300 in Nashville and Memphis alone. Tennessee is also home to a large collection of schools, which is good news for animators that may be interested in teaching. The state has 109 colleges and universities to choose from as well as more than 1,800 elementary and secondary schools.

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Animation Careers in Virginia Overview

The State of Virginia is home to a number of schools that offer programs for aspiring animators. In the third or fourth year of training, many programs offer the opportunity to work at a local design studio, production company or creative agency. These internship opportunities can lead to a salaried position as an animator, with room to grow. If you are an experienced animator and you plan to move to Virginia to take advantage of what the state has to offer, you may find senior-level positions at places such as Costa+Designs in Virginia Beach, ImageWorks in Chantilly or Studio Kinate in Fairfax. 

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Animation Careers in Colorado Overview 

The population of Colorado-based animators and multimedia artists is growing. In just the past few years, the population increased from 320 to 410. And remember, these figures are just for salaried professionals. The industry as a whole consists of more self-employed animators than salaried, so Colorado is likely home to hundreds more. 

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Studio Art Schools in Texas September 26, 2015


From drawing and painting to sculpting and glass blowing, studio artists do it all! According to admissions materials from a variety of colleges, studio art is basically, “any type of visual art made in a studio.” In addition to painting and glass blowing, studio artist create sculptures, photography, large-scale installations, experimental art, ceramics, and more. A typical studio art program may feature the study of drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, fiber, glass, printmaking, and photography. However, many of today’s programs offer a focus in digital art, graphic design, digital media and more.

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Film Schools in Wisconsin September 26, 2015

Wisconsin Film

The State of Wisconsin is just right. It’s not the largest state in the U.S. and it’s not the smallest. Close to 5.8 million people live in The Badger State, making it the nation’s 20th largest state. While the people of Wisconsin are arguably the most infamous football fanatics on the planet, the state does have a softer side. In fact, Wisconsin features some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes, and an art and culture scene to be envied. The state is home to a variety of major art museums, unique galleries, performing arts venues, and more. These are not the only reasons Wisconsin attracts more than 95 million visitors each year.

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Digital Art Schools in California

With close to 300,000 salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations, California has the highest population of artists in the U.S. and the number is growing. Just a few years ago, the state was home to just over 280,000 ADESM workers. While the population may have changed over the past few years, the top industries for these professionals have remained the same. The motion picture and video industries, radio and television broadcasting, publishing, and advertising are just a few. Fortunately, the State of California houses thousands of employers in these fields. Just a few DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation,  Walt Disney Feature Animation, Saatchi & Saatchi, J. Walter Thompson, Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB), SAGE Publications, Alfred Publishing, WB Studio and CBS Studio Center.

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Washington Animation Schools September 25, 2015


Washington State is home to some of the coolest cities in the U.S. Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma are just a few. While the state is pretty well stocked in the cool cities department, Seattle holds the crown for art and culture. The city is home to top art museums such as Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) and Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington. Seattle also houses some of the country’s most creative street art as well as a variety of art centers such as Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Creative Arts Center and Fremont Abbey Arts Center. 

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Studio Art Schools in Virginia September 24, 2015

Virginia Studio Art

A typical studio art program combines disciplines such as ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, painting, photography, printmaking and more. After becoming familiar with these areas, students may narrow their focus by specializing in one area. In addition to the traditional focus areas listed above, newer concentrations include digital art, design/video & digital imaging, visual communication design, digital media, new media, and designed objects, to name a few. Although studio art programs are similar to other art programs, studio art students spend more time in the studio creating art. The goal of a studio art program is to allow students to learn by doing or through “immersion.”

A good studio art program can prepare students for more than 100 different careers in the art and design industry. It can also prepare students to work in a few other industries that might surprise you. Just a few are aerospace, architecture, automotive, law, medicine, and science. Some common career options include cartoonist, ceramic artist, art director, printing designer, animator, airbrush artist, glass blower, mural artists, textile designer, art critic, display artist, art buyer, and graphic arts technician.

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