Career outlook for animator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create detailed drawings, models or 3D computer images to bring characters, stories and ideas to life on screen in animated films, games and cartoons.
You'd use your imagination and acting skills to get personality and character into the animation. You might work on films like Toy Story, a television cartoon like The Simpsons, an advert, a computer game or a music video.
The most common method of animation is to create 3D computer generated imagery (CGI).
In stop frame animation you'd make puppets and photograph them as you change the puppets' positions over and over again. One second of film needs up to 25 photographs.
- Read the storyboard for the animation
- Plan and design the frames (pictures) which tell the story
- Draw background and characters using a range of materials, such as pencil, ink or paint
- Use digital equipment to copy the artwork hundreds of times with tiny changes in position
- Work with an editor to add dialogue or a soundtrack
- Make sure the action or characters' speech and movements follow the audio or soundtrack
On large or long-running productions, you could be part of a team working on one stage of production for several weeks, months or even years.
If it's a small project, you could be involved in many of the processes, from developing concepts to editing the final piece in post-production.
UK employment status
Create a qualification route
We've found some examples of the qualifications that could help you get this job.Discover my route
Search course options
Thinking about your future? There are lots of courses available that could interest you. Use our course search to explore course options.Find courses
Search job opportunities
If you're looking for your new career our job search can help you. Discover interesting opportunities and decide your next steps.Find a job
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Working with technology
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Implementing ideas
Your skills can help you choose the career that's right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.