Hawaii is filled with thousands of artists of all kinds. In fact, this paradise is home to nearly 8,000 working artists earning above average salaries across the board. Of these nearly 8,000, more than 200 are salaried animators. Hundreds more are freelancers. Many of these animators may have trained at schools on the mainland, but a large number trained locally at one of the islands best animation schools. The criteria for determining the best schools include program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment.
University of Hawaii at Manoa is one of the best animation schools in Hawaii and home of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM). Degrees offered include a B. A. with Concentration in Digital Cinema, Computer Animation or Critical Studies; B. F. A. Electronic Arts, Graphic Design, and an M. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Electronic Arts.
Other schools with animation, digital art, design, or other similar programs include Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Honolulu Community College, and Hawaii Pacific University—also in Honolulu.
Hawaii Animators – Job and Salary Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently updated the number of multi-media artists and animators living in Hawaii from “not reported” to an impressive 210. These artists work for animation studios, graphic design firms, web design firms, advertising agencies, and even mobile communications companies. As of May 2009, the bureau reports that Hawaii animators earned $57,960, but overall, Hawaii artists earned a mean salary of $44,370 per year. This means, Hawaii animators are among the highest paid artists in the islands. As of May 2009, the mean annual wage for animators nationwide was $62,810 per year. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earned $99,130 per year.
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