Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Washington

Washington is home to 85 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school offers a number of benefits for students, but one of the biggest advantages is access to a variety of federal financial aid programs. To become a Title IV school, an institution must meet five requirements. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (3) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) be in business for at least two years.

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North Carolina

North Carolina is home to 139 Title IV degree-granting institutions. These schools grant an associate's degree or higher, the have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department,  they have been in business for at least two years, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. By meeting these requirements (established by the U.S. Department of Education), North Carolina’s 139 Title IV schools are eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs. This makes them accessible to students that may need help meeting tuition costs. 

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Ohio

Ohio is the nation’s seventh largest state. Thanks to a population of more than 11.5 million, Ohio’s sizable collection of colleges is the sixth largest in the U.S. The state’s 215 Title IV degree-granting institutions vary from traditional universities to art and design schools to technical colleges. Although different, Ohio’s Title IV schools have several things in common. They have (1) accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have signed a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) they have been in business for at least two years. All Title IV schools must meet these requirements in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. 

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New York

According to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), New York is home to 304 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it has signed a participation agreement with the Department, it has been in business for at least two years, and it offers an associate's degree or higher. A Title IV school also offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school meets these requirements, it becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.

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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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 Storyboard Assistant

What does a Storyboard Assistant  do? Where does a Storyboard Assistant work? ACR takes a look:

About Storyboard Assistants

Many aspiring animators gain experience through internships, an entry-level or support position or both. This is also a great way to get your foot in the door at a major studio. Becoming a storyboard assistant is one way to accomplish both. Storyboard assistants provide support to storyboard artists. This position allows the assistant to refine their drawing skills and gain valuable experience with industry graphics, storyboard, and editing software. 

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Independent Filmmaker

What does an Independent Filmmaker do? Where does an Independent Filmmaker work? ACR takes a look:

About Independent Filmmakers 

Independent filmmakers produce films outside of major film studios. Also called “indie” or “art” films, independent films are typically made with lower budgets and the look and feel is noticeably different than bigger budget productions. Independent filmmakers usually have more flexibility in filmmaking, however, so their personal artistic vision shines through.  

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Inbetweener

What does a Inbetweener do? Where does a Inbetweener work? ACR takes a look:

About Inbetweeners

The animation historians at Disney say that “at most animation studios, the best animators only sketched a few animation drawings, leaving gaps in between. Later on, a person called an "inbetweener" would finish the scenes by drawing in between the areas that the animator had left.” Well, not much has changed about this key position.

Today most job descriptions affirm that inbetweeners are responsible for the continuity of movement between scenes in an animated production. Inbetweeners decide how animated characters will move when transitioning between major key movement scenes. Many aspiring animators spend several years in the inbetween department in order to gain valuable experience in the industry. 

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Render Wrangler

What does a Render Wrangler do? Where does a Render Wrangler work? ACR takes a look:

About Render Wranglers

Render wranglers, also called “technical resource administrators” (TRA), are accustomed to high pressure environments. This highly detailed job might require the wrangler to monitor and control the rendering process and monitor a few computers or an entire render farm of hundreds of machines. Render wranglers monitor the computers to ensure (input/output) of data across various file systems and initiate data moves to allocate disk space. Render wranglers communicate with animators, producers, supervisors, resource managers, coordinators, and other artists across various departments.

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Key Animator

What does a Key Animator do? Where does a Key Animator work? ACR takes a look:

About Key Animators

After working as an animator for at least three years, some animators may advance to key animator—a senior level position.  Also called “senior animator,” key animators typically advance to even higher level positions after holding this title for several years. Becoming a successful senior animator is the final test before being promoted to director. Although higher ranking than an animator, the key animator still does his fair share of creative work, but this position requires more management and directing than an intermediate animation position.

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