Animation & Visual Effects Artist

Animation and visual effects are everywhere.  They are present in television, the internet, videogames, and films.  When you enroll in an animation and visual effects program, you will learn how to combine traditional skills with storytelling.  Most programs require individual work and teamwork, both of which allow students to create a portfolio of their work.

Most animation and visual effects programs are discipline specific with a mix of core studio courses that teach:

  • Software and digital technology
  • Art, drawing, and design
  • Concept development
  • Computer-simulated motion

What else will you learn?  Modeling, how to shoot and edit live footage, character rigging and modeling, character composing and animation, and more!

Are you a creative and passionate individual with an interest in digital art?  Do you like creating stories and sharing them?  Animation and visual effects is a great way to do so.  Do you thrive under the pressure of tight deadlines?  It is common for animation and visual effects artists to work under tight deadlines because of release dates or other constraints.  Do you enjoy making your bosses and clients happy by following their every instruction?  Animation and visual effects could be the field for you!

Many animation and visual effects graduates go on to work in the following positions:

  • Compositor
  • Character modeler
  • Environmental artist
  • Storyboard artists
  • Visual developers
  • Concept artists
  • Visual effects animators

With so many animation and visual effects programs out there, how do you choose the right one? Start your search here.

  • Associate, Animation + VFX at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago, IL.
  • Associate, Computer Animation at The Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Occupational Associate, Digital ARts & Computer Animation at Laurus College in Santa Maria, CA.
  • Associate, Visual Art & Design: Animation Emphasis at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT.