Multimedia Artist or Animator
Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games and other forms of media. They create two- and three-dimensional models and animation. Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Visual effects, also called computer generated images or CGI, include creating animation from images of actors performing, or designing 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 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.TCC programs that are right for you:Graphic Design Technology Programs
Most multimedia artists and animators are self-employed and often work from home. Some work for motion picture or video game studios. They frequently work in offices. Multimedia artists and animators often work long hours; it is not unusual for them to work 50-hour weeks. When deadlines are approaching, they may work nights and weekends.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of multimedia artists and animators is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2010 and 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Expected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies and television. However, it will be slowed by companies hiring animators in other countries.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.