2017 Multimedia Artists and Animators
Median Pay: US$63,970
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines

Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor's movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.

Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.

Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards or "animatics," which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Many multimedia artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance work.


Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryServes as a Audio-Visual Production Specialist GG-1071-13 for Office of the Naval Intelligence (ONI) by planning and producing standard and specialized multimedia/audiovidual programs, which communicate specified intelligence information. In this position you will interact plan, direct...
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Multimedia Instructional Designer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewThe Multimedia Instructional Designer serves as a leading specialist in the design of multimedia/interactive course or project, which demonstrates sound pedagogy, geared to multiple learning styles and promotes critical thinking.ResponsibilitiesResearches and organizes information with SMEs...
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Virginia Beach, VA

Visitor Experience Intern (unpaid)

Type: Internship
JOB SUMMARYThe Visitor Experience Internship is centered on developing an understanding of programs and services that the San Francisco Symphony provides to guests or “patrons” in order to create a memorable patron experience during their time at Davies Symphony Hall. The visitor experience drives...
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