Human beings are highly creative by nature. It is our imagination that makes us capable of enjoying the beauty of books. As the visualisation power of human beings started to improve, so did their books. Over the years, in order to keep people engrossed, books started having a lot of visuals and graphics. These type of graphic books came to be known as comics. In the last century, the digital medium gained popularity. Books soon lost their charm and people started opting for the digital medium.
Over the years, the digital medium itself started including cartoons. This gave birth to the world of animation. With studios like Disney leading the world of animation, what started off as simple images of moving drawings are today more life-like and real. This is because of the fact that they have been made to 3D forms.
Thus, it will be fair on our part to say that the world of 3D animation is the next generation of animation in general. The last 5 years saw a tremendous rise in the scope and potential of animation in India. This article talks about the scope of animation in the country and how you can go ahead and make a career out of it.
. Skills Required
In the initial days of animation, a person was required to be a good artist in order to make it big here. However, these days most of the animation work is done with the help of software. Hence, you do not need to be an artist in order to be a good animation artist. A basic knowledge of computing and the willingness to learn new software is paramount here.
Of course, having a creative sense and an eye for details come in handy if you are actually serious about a long-term career here. You should be able to put your visualisations not only in the form of cartoons and 2D drawings, but also in the form of 3D characterisation as well.
. Educational Background
Animation is offered both as an undergraduate as well as a postgraduate course. In fact, if you do not want to pursue a degree and would rather go for a diploma, animation gives you the opportunity to do just that as well. The prerequisite for pursuing a bachelor's degree in animation is having completed your 10+2 from any recognised board in any stream.
This makes you eligible for the various diplomas in this field as well. The scores you had obtained in your board examination are usually not taken into consideration while allotting you a seat in the bachelor's course. For the postgraduate degree, one needs to hold a bachelor's degree in animation, fine arts, architecture or engineering.
. Institutes Offering These Courses
It is good to know that almost all the aforementioned courses can be pursued either full-time or part-time. For part-time courses, there are a number of organisations that offer the degree. The part-time courses may either be classroom based or they can be online in nature.
For full-time courses, the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Design (IID) are amongst the top institutions. Students who have graduated from these places land themselves with lucrative jobs across the various sectors of the industry.
· Growing In Animation
The world of animation finds diverse applications. The world of advertising and media (both print and digital) would become crippled without the aid of animation. These days, there are a number of e-learning simulations available to aid the world of teaching. All of that has been made possible only due to the efforts of animation engineers. The life-like video gaming options that are available in the market is possible only due to the advancements in the world of 3D animation.
Theatre and the animated movie industry are progressing by leaps and bounds and experts in this field are bound to find employment in this sector if they so want. It is also important for you to understand that once you begin your career in a particular domain of animation, you can switch your specialisation later if you want to. This is one career that offers professionals a lot of flexibility in this regard.
The average starting salary for a fresher in this field is somewhere between Rs 12,000 and Rs 18,000. With experience, the value rises. There are animation artists who make as much as Rs 50,000 per month. This is one field where, if you are determined to rise you will be making a lot of money. The average salary here stands close to Rs 35,000.
. Type Of Jobs
Animation is a sector where there is more scope of growth in the private field. Almost any digital media firm requires animation experts to express their ideas in front of the public. Other than that, a number of private and agencies have taken to animation in order to widen its reach.
If you really want to go for a job in the government sector, there are opportunities there as well. These days, the government takes the help of animation experts to make its programs (everything from Pulse Polio Immunization and Janani Suraksha Yojana to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan) expand their reach.
. Work Environment
In terms of work environment, this is one of the best jobs that exist. This job does not really involve too much travelling and the work schedule is pretty much 9 to 5. Rarely do people have to work in the evenings. Compared to other jobs in the world of media, this type of jobs are not just well paid but they also offer greater security.
In fact, there are a number of well-known animation artists who actually work from home. As this job does not really involve interacting with others, it is ideal for people who like to let their work do all the talking on their behalf.