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Animation Assistant

Animation Assistant

The role of an animation assistant is much like it sounds, to assist the animation directors with a variety of tasks in order to meet animation deadlines and budgets. It’s a great position for recent graduates since it offers valuable industry exposure and experience. All animation directors begin their careers as assistant animators. The two positions work hand-in-hand, with the animation director providing the managerial direction and the animation assistant providing any support needed. Depending on the size of the project, it’s quite possible that there will be multiple assistant animators.

In order to be of help, assistant animators must have a strong understanding of animation techniques and processes. This is gained through earning a degree in animation. There are many schools, especially art schools, that offer animation degrees on the associate, bachelor and master level. With most programs, you will combine computer and film animation courses with other art classes to form a broad and complete understanding of the field. By the end of the degree program, you should be able to apply your artistic techniques, ideas and personal style to the latest computer animation trends and have a portfolio that illustrates your knowledge and technique. Your portfolio becomes your visual resume when searching for jobs.

Animation Assistant Salary Expectations*

Assistant Animators are a supportive part of a production team whose objective is to produce the best possible work within a given budget and schedule. Depending on where you work as an animation assistant, your salary will fluctuate with the average wages in your area. Most animation assistants average around $73,000 a year.

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Get information on animation degrees using the form on this page. School representatives will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have about the various programs that are available to help you earn your animation degree.

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