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Animator

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An animator uses drawing, modelling or 2D and 3D computer graphics to produce a series of images, which gives the illusion of movement. They might work on animated films or cartoons, computer games or adverts.

The Work

Animation involves highly detailed work so you would usually work on one project at a time.

Depending on the size of company or type of production, you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Newly qualified animators may start off earning from £15,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to over £30,000 a year.

BECTU – the union for the broadcasting and entertainment industry lists suggested animation pay rates on their website. For a freelance 3D animator they recommend a minimum daily rate of £200 a day.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


Year Unemployed

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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.

The fastest growing area is computer generated imagery (CGI) and there is a growing computer gaming industry in Scotland. These companies usually advertise jobs on their websites. Other employers include broadcasting companies, advertising agencies, animation studios, video producers or computer games companies. You might work freelance.

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Animation Network is a non-profit organisation that promotes excellence in the Scottish Animation Industry. Their website and Facebook page are good resources for keeping up to date with developments and job opportunities.

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Courtesy of Creative Skillset

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
E-mail: careers@bbchrdirect.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home
Twitter: @BBCCareers

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
E-mail: info@bafta.org
Website: http://www.bafta.org/initiatives/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme
Twitter: @BAFTA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baftascotland/

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

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.

D&AD
Tel: 020 7840 1111
Website: http://www.dandad.org/
Twitter: @dandad
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DandADuk

D&AD is an educational charity promoting good design and advertising.

STV (Scottish Television)
Tel: 0141 300 3061
E-mail: hr@stv.tv
Website: http://www.stvplc.tv/careers
Twitter: @WeAreSTV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stvnews

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