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Character Artist

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Character artists create and draw the visual elements of a computer game such as the characters, environment, vehicles, weapons and other props. You could also be working on films creating characters or scenery.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Newly qualified artists may start off earning from £17,500 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £25,000 and £30,000 a year. Lead artists can earn up to £45,000.

Freelance artists charge fees depending on the type of work done. Amounts depends on work done and your experience.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2980
0.9 %
RISE
2023
3007
  United Kingdom
2018
60543
3.1 %
RISE
2023
62399

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

TIGA
Tel: 0845 468 2330
E-mail: info@tiga.org
Website: http://www.tiga.org
Twitter: @TIGAMovement
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TIGAMovement/

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK's games industry.

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