Multimedia Artists and Animators

Consumer Ed Period 3

Career Description

They create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and media. Made in 2 or three dimensional models and animation.


Not all employers look for a degree, but a lot of people look for a bachelor's degree in fine arts, computer graphics, animation, or a related field.

Qualities to have:

Artistic Talent: a good understanding of texture, light, and color.

Computer Skills: Know how to use a computer to the best of their abilities.

Creativity: Be able to think of original ideas.

People Skills: Be able to work as a team.

Physical Stamina: Work long hours


Multimedia artists and animators are responsible for:

  • Creating graphics and animation using computer programs and illustration
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create a realistic design or animation
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in the animation
  • Edit animation and effects based on feedback from directors, head animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, head animators, games designers, and directors to review deadlines and development timelines

Job Outlook

This career is expected to grow by 8% from 2010 to 2020.

Median Salary

For this career, the salary is $58,510 per year, or $28.13 per hour.


The Art Institute, Full Sail, and Tribeca Flashpoint are some of the best schools for this career.