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Become A Multimedia Artist

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Working As A Multimedia Artist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Multimedia Artist Do

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Duties

Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines

Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.

Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.

Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards or “animatics,” which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Many multimedia artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance work.

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How To Become A Multimedia Artist

Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.

Education

Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree, and they look for workers who have a good portfolio of work and strong technical skills. Multimedia artists and animators typically have a bachelor’s degree in fine art, computer graphics, animation, or a related field. Programs in computer graphics often include courses in computer science in addition to art courses.

Bachelor’s degree programs in art include courses in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Degrees in animation often require classes in drawing, animation, and film. Many schools have specialized degrees in topics such as interactive media or game design.

Training

Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films, and they often provide on-the-job training so that workers can use the specific software and computer applications.

Important Qualities

Artistic talent. Animators and artists should have artistic ability and a good understanding of color, texture, and light. However, they may be able to compensate for artistic shortcomings with better technical skills.

Communication skills. Multimedia artists and animators need to work as part of a complex team and respond well to criticism and feedback.

Computer skills. Many multimedia artists and animators use computer programs or write programming code to do most of their work.

Creativity. Artists and animators must be able to think creatively to develop original ideas and make them come to life.

Time-management skills. The hours required by most studio and game design companies can be long, particularly when there are tight deadlines. Artists and animators need to be able to manage their time effectively when a deadline approaches.

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Average Length of Employment
Commercial Artist 6.1 years
Graphic Artist 4.4 years
Artist/Illustrator 4.4 years
Designer/Artist 4.3 years
Production Artist 3.0 years
Multimedia Artist 3.0 years
Media Designer 2.6 years
Artist 2.6 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Artist Assistant 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Multimedia Artist
Internship 9.5%
Animator 3.9%
3D Artist 3.9%
Artist 3.4%
Designer 2.8%
Top Careers After Multimedia Artist
3D Artist 8.5%
Artist 3.1%

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Multimedia Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

61.2%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Italian

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Multimedia Artist Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.3%

Academy of Art University

7.5%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

7.5%

New York University

5.7%

Miami International University of Art and Design

5.7%

Lesley University

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

American InterContinental University

5.7%

California State University - Channel Islands

3.8%

University of Iowa

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.8%

Defense Information School

3.8%

American Academy of Art

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Full Sail University

3.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%
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Majors

Fine Arts

20.6%

Graphic Design

18.7%

Animation

11.5%

Photography

6.2%

Communication

6.2%

Design And Visual Communication

4.8%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Entertainment Business

4.3%

Computer Science

3.8%

Business

3.3%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Writing

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Digital Media

1.4%

Journalism

1.4%

English

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.3%

Other

18.8%

Masters

12.2%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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$39,000
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Median 50%
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$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Multimedia Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Multimedia Artist in the United States is $70,938 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Multimedia Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators Valve Bellevue, WA Jul 25, 2014 $175,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Valve Bellevue, WA Aug 20, 2014 $170,000 -
$180,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Image Metrics, Inc. El Segundo, CA Apr 25, 2014 $150,000
Multimedia Artist & Animator Door3 New York, NY Aug 13, 2015 $147,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Ariba, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 13, 2014 $145,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 31, 2014 $145,000 -
$165,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 11, 2014 $141,063 -
$161,063
Multimedia Artists and Animators Pixar Emeryville, CA Jan 16, 2014 $140,026 -
$150,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 07, 2014 $132,563 -
$152,563
Multimedia Artists and Animators Motiga, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 16, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Valve Bellevue, WA Apr 02, 2014 $130,000 -
$250,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 02, 2014 $127,512
Multimedia Artists and Animators Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 07, 2014 $126,480 -
$146,480
Multimedia Artists and Animators Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2014 $120,400
Multimedia Artists and Animators Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 13, 2013 $86,126
Multimedia Artists and Animators Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2013 $86,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2013 $86,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 16, 2014 $85,821 -
$94,562
Multimedia Artists and Animators Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 28, 2014 $85,821 -
$94,562
Multimedia Artists and Animators 5Th Cell Media LLC Bellevue, WA Feb 19, 2014 $85,000 -
$100,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators 5Th Cell Media LLC Bellevue, WA Mar 24, 2014 $85,000 -
$100,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Direct.com LLC Coral Gables, FL Aug 29, 2014 $85,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators Brilliant Innovations Inc. Glendora, CA Apr 04, 2014 $63,000
Multimedia Artists and Animators GAIA Interactive, Inc. San Jose, CA May 16, 2014 $62,691
Multimedia Artists and Animators Vuecare Media LLC Columbia, MD Aug 15, 2014 $62,088
Multimedia Artists and Animators Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 15, 2013 $62,067
Multimedia Artists and Animators Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 23, 2014 $62,067
Multimedia Artists and Animators Viacom International, Inc. (D/B/A Viacom Media Net New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $62,000 -
$72,000
Lead 3D Multimedia Artist Kulbyt, Inc. Sausalito, CA Sep 23, 2016 $61,500
Multimedia Artist Red Cube Production Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $61,443

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Top Skills for A Multimedia Artist

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Web Application
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  • Freelance turned full-time web/graphic designer.
  • Specialized in body modifications using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Edited footage, and photography based on authentic styles.
  • Expanded services offered by introducing Unity and Augmented Reality for real-time and interactive applications.
  • Redesigned these for use on the computer all charts and graphs and page layouts were changed to a1024x768 format

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Top 10 Best States for Multimedia Artists

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