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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Artist||Facebook, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 01, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Technical Artist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Mar 27, 2014||$158,908|
|Senior Technical Artist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 06, 2015||$146,500|
|Senior Technical Artist||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$140,000 -
|Senior Technical Artist||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$140,000 -
|Senior Technical Artist||Epic Games Inc.||Cary, NC||Sep 01, 2014||$130,000|
|Senior Technical Artist||Tactel Us, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Sep 12, 2013||$124,987 -
|Senior Technical Artist||Tactel Us, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 12, 2013||$124,987 -
|Technical Artist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 01, 2011||$124,470|
|Senior Technical Artist, Visceral||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$123,600|
|Senior Technical Artist||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$118,082|
|Senior Technical Artist||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 19, 2016||$117,900|
|Technical Artist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2013||$115,000|
|Lead Technical Artist||Rockstar Games, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$105,000 -
|Technical Artist||Seasun Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$90,000|
|Technical Artist||Disney Online||CA||Mar 04, 2012||$90,000|
|Technical Artist||Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Apr 15, 2013||$89,856 -
|Technical Artist||Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 23, 2014||$89,648 -
|Technical Artist||Ready at Dawn Studios LLC||Irvine, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$88,900 -
|Lead Technical Artist||Pocket Gems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$87,693 -
|Technical Artist||Howroyd Wright Employment Agency||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 15, 2011||$83,480|
|Technical Artist||GREE International||San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2015||$82,000|
|Technical Artist||Neversoft Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 05, 2011||$70,225|
|Technical Artist||Punchbox USA Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 10, 2013||$70,000|
|Associate Technical Artist||Riot Games Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Dec 15, 2015||$69,742|
|Technical Artist||Giant Squid LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Sep 02, 2014||$68,682 -
|Associate Technical Artist||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$68,016|
|Technical Artist||Electronic Arts Tiburon||Orlando, FL||Jun 02, 2014||$66,879|
|Technical Artist||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Jun 02, 2014||$66,879|
|3D Technical Artist||Midas Touch Game Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$66,500|
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