Computer Graphics Animator

 

 

 

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What is a Computer Graphics Animator?

A Computer Graphics Animators is a specialised graphic designer who works on animating graphics in the video gaming industry. 

Areas they may choose to work in:

2-Dimensional

such as side scrollers, which means that the player of the game will only see a left-to-right scroll of the game

3-Dimensional

such as 3D first person shooting games, where it feels as if the player can move into the screen)

Every aspect of a video game consists of a module or level that has to be integrated into a whole to form the final game.

What does a Computer Graphics Animator do?

  • creates the artwork
  • develops or programmes the environment such as the buildings, natural scenery or roads
  • creates the difficulty-level in the design

Each level is pre-planned and approved by the producer, but could be changed as many times as it takes before production.

Are you … ?

  • creative?
  • interested in computers and computer games?
  • a person who keeps up to date with technology and gaming trends?
  • competitive?
  • logical?
  • detail orientated?
  • a quick thinker?
  • good with colour?
  • able to think in 3D?

How do I become a Computer Graphics Animator?

There are a number of ways to study.

Here are a few examples:

  • FALSE BAY COLLEGE

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Offers a 1 year full time Animation National Certificate

  • NEMISA: (National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa)

Offers a 3 year Animation programme

  • THE ANIMATION SCHOOL
  • SAE INSTITUTE

Higher Certificate in Animation & Visual Effects

  • PRESTIGE ACADEMY

Offers a 2 year Diploma in 3D Design & Digital Animation

  • BOSTON MEDIA HOUSE

Offers a 3 year Diploma in 3D Animation Concept Art

  • UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND

Offers: 

3 year Bachelor of Engineering Science in Digital Art BEngSc (Digital Art)
Bachelor of Arts in Performing & Visual Arts majoring in Game Design BAPVA (Game Design)

 

The minimum requirements are different for each institution so check with your institution of choice what theirs is.

Here is a rough guideline:

  • Grade 12
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Portfolio of work

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Graphic Designer … or … Web Designer

Is becoming a Computer Graphics Animator the right career choice for me?

 

 

 


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