Does Animation Give You a High? Here’s Your Guide to Make a Career in it!

With the advent of AI and VR, the animation industry in India is expected to grow at a pace faster than the IT industry. Success of animated films and cartoons has greatly contributed to the growth of this field in India. Animation as a career option is a field where you can fulfill your dream of “enjoy-as-you-work” and feel satisfied at the end of your day.

Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and change by rapidly displaying set of static images that minimally differ from each other. This technique can be used to bring characters to life and make it appear like they are in motion! Traditionally, stop motion techniques have been used to create animation sequences. It involves photographing the subject one frame at a time and then displaying these images in rapid succession at high frames per second.

As an animator, you may make use of techniques like- 2D hand drawing, 2D Computer generated, 3D Computer generated, stop motion or model animation techniques to create animation sequences. The method depends on the specialization that you have (through training and courses). These days, computers and various software are used to create works of animation (2D & 3D). This field is also known as CGI.

Eligibility criteria:

One can study animation, graphics and multimedia courses either as a full-time or part-time student. Several programs are offered like certificates, diplomas, and degrees etc. While admission into full time courses, i.e. diplomas and degrees etc is offered on the basis of entrance exam, admission into part time and short term courses is offered on first come first serve basis. Many institutes also provide internship and arranges for job placement during or after completion of the course.

Skills required:

  • Good observational skills
  • Creativity
  • Drawing/sketching skills
  • Patience and Concentration
  • Ability to get into character
  • Communication skills (to interact with team)
  • Eye for detail
  • Computer and Software skills
  • Teamwork skills

Courses in Animation:

The field of animation offers Bachelors, PG, Certificate as well as Diploma courses:

  • BA in Animation & Multimedia
  • B.Sc. in Animation & Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts (Animation)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Graphics and Web Design
  • BA in Animation and CG Arts
  • BA in Animation and Graphic Design
  • BA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation
  • B.Sc. in Animation and VFX
  • B.Sc. in Animation and Gaming
  • Diploma in 2D Animation
  • Diploma in 3D Animation
  • Diploma in Digital Animation
  • Diploma in CG Animation
  • Diploma in Animation and Filmmaking
  • Diploma in VFX
  • Diploma in Animation and VFX
  • Diploma in Animation, Video Editing and Post Production works
  • Certificate in VFX
  • Certificate in 2D Animation
  • Certificate in 3D Animation
  • Certificate in Editing, Mixing and Post Production Works
  • Certificate in CG Arts
  • M.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia
  • M.Sc. in Animation and Digital Filmmaking
  • M.Sc. in Visual Effects
  • MA in Animation and Multimedia
  • MA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation
  • PG Diploma in Animation

Colleges offering Animation Courses:

  1. Indian Institute of Fashion and Animation
  2. Arena Multimedia
  3. Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)
  4. Apeejay Institute of Design
  5. The Toonz Webel Academy
  6. Global Institute of Gaming and Animation
  7. Zee Institute of Creative Arts
  8. Whistling Woods International
  9. School of Animation and Visual Effects, Kolkata
  10. Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

Places of Work:

  • Animation Studios
  • Media Agencies
  • Film Production Houses
  • Post Production Houses
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Web Entities (E Commerce sites, E Magazines, Websites etc)
  • Computer and Mobile Game Developers

Designations for Animators:

There are numerous stages and processes involved in this activity. This is the main reason why film production houses and animation companies have large dedicated staff of animators. Based on the stages involved in this process, one may take on any of the following job profiles:

  • Director
  • Production Designer
  • Script writer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Layout Artist
  • Digital Painter
  • Animator
  • Modeller
  • Compositor
  • Editor


The salary is dependent on the profile of the employer, employee skills, aptitude and knowledge of the subject. Initially, a candidate is paid around Rs. 30,000 per month.  With experience and skills, the salary range can go beyond Rs. 2 Lakh per month. Computer Graphic Artists and Animators are paid even higher.

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