Are you interested in the field of Animation? Want to pursue a professional animation course? B.Sc. in Animation is a job oriented animation course available in India. In this article, you will be reading about course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus, further studies and career prospects.
In simple terms, 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. These days, computers and software are used to create works of animation (2D & 3D). This field is also known as CGI.
In B.Sc. Animation program, there exist specialization subjects. Students have to select an area of specialization.
Let us check out whether you will perform well in the field of animation or not. To excel in this field, it is necessary to possess certain qualities and skills. They are-
- Good observational skills
- 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
Let us check out course details now. Here we go-
B.Sc. Animation is UG Degree course. It is a Bachelor of Science Degree program. The course duration is 3 years. The academic program consists of classroom lectures and practical training sessions and workshops.
The academic program is divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months. Evaluation exams are held at the end of each semester. Other than regular evaluation, project work and assignments form an integral part of this course. Depending on the institute, internal tests may also be present in the academic program.
B.Sc. Animation course is a mixture of practical training and classroom sessions.
Students who have passed 10+2 board examination (any stream- Science, Commerce or Arts) are eligible to pursue this course. Minimum marks criteria may exist in case of some institutes (usually around 50% aggregate marks).
Many institutes accept Diploma in Animation holders. Diploma holders are placed directly in the second year of B.Sc. in Animation program.
Admission process varies from one institute to another. Some institutes follow direct admission process. Some other institutes follow merit based admission process. Reputed institutes have their own entrance test / qualifying examination.
To get a better idea about the course structure, let us check out some of the important subjects present in B.Sc. in Animation program. Please note that only important subjects have been listed.
- Pre Production
- Drawing and Composition
- Digital Imaging
- Basics of Colours
- Basics of 2D Animation
- Computer Animation
- Advanced 2D Animation
- 3D Modelling and Animation
- Visual Effects
- Advanced Digital Graphics
- Media Management
- Media Aesthetics
- Elective Subject
Note: Not all the subjects present in the academic program have been listed here. In case of most of the subjects mentioned above, along with classroom lectures (theory), practical sessions are also associated with them.
Elective subjects are more like specializations. These subjects will help one specialize in various sub branches within the field of Animation. Elective subjects’ availability may vary from one institute to another. Some of the well known areas of specialization include-
- 3D Production
- Visual Effects
- Game Design and Art
- Character Modelling, Development and Animation
- Lighting and Rendering
- Graphic Design
- 3D Texturing
- Sketching and Illustration
At the end of the academic program, project work is also involved. Students have to undertake project work under supervision of faculty and complete the work.
Candidates who successfully complete project work and evaluation examinations will be awarded the Degree of B.Sc. in Animation.
PG courses and further studies
Advanced courses are available in the forms of M.Sc., MA, Master of Animation, PG Diploma and PG Certificate courses. Some such well known courses are- 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 etc.
Master Degree programs last for a period of 2 years. The academic program is divided into 4 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
PG courses can be used to specialize in sub disciplines of this field. Some of the well known areas of specialization include-
- Visual Effects
- 3D Animation
- Game Design (Computer and Mobile)
- Graphic Design
- Specific Software
Career prospects and job opportunities
Animation has emerged to become a very popular career choice among Indian students. Previously, this field was pretty much unknown to the masses. But in the last few years, this field has gained much attention and has since developed rapidly. Success of animation films and cartoons has greatly contributed to the growth of this field in India.
Studios, film production houses and animation companies are pouring more and more money into this field in order to improve the quality of animation sequences present in their works. They know that animation has got huge potential in India.
Demand for skilled and creative animation professionals is pretty high in India. Studios, Film production houses and animation companies know how big the field is. They have the money to burn too! All they need is qualified and skilled animators, who can bring their work to life and help them earn their share of profit!
Creating a piece of animation is not just about drawing, sketching and bringing the characters to life using some software. Actually, 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-
- Production Designer
- Script writer
- Storyboard Artist
- Layout Artist
- Digital Painter
Animators may work under supervised setups, start their own venture or work as a freelancer. Some of the well known recruiters include-
- 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
Starting salary depends on a number of different factors. Prominent factors are- profile of the employer, employee skills, aptitude and grades attained by the employee. General starting salary is around 15-20k Rupees per month. In case of high profile animation studios and media houses, salary figure will be higher than the one mentioned here.