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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 £17,500 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise between £25,000 and £30,000 a year. Highly experienced animators can earn up to £45,000.

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.

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.

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
371
2.8 %
FALL
2023
361
  United Kingdom
2018
10967
1.9 %
FALL
2023
10764

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:

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.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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.

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

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

ScreenSkills
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.ScreenSkills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

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

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