Having graduated from an animation school you will probably be finding it difficult to get your first job.
The computer animation industry is in constant need of highly trained and educated personnel, it requires very specialised training because of the complexity of using computers to create artistic animations.
The industry is massive and largely recession proof because during these periods the population look to ways of cheering themselves up by watching more films and buying more games. So it continues to grow providing many jobs in the film, games and commercials industries, it is one of the hottest job markets to enter. An average salary for a mid-level animator is anywhere from £30,000GBP to £60,000GBP pa, maybe more.
If your goal is to work in the film industry then specialisation is very important, however in TV and commercial work all-rounder skills are more desirable, it therefore helps to identify which area of computer animation interests you so that you can concentrate all your efforts in this direction. Many courses are offered in higher education and although most offer all round exposure to the various disciplines, very few will train a student to the entry level standard required by a professional company. Certainly this is a recognised problem where creature animation and character animation are concerned. The work students are producing at colleges and jurnal otaku universities is often not to the standard industry is looking for, and this is because many of these educational establishments are simply not targeting the skills that the industry needs.
A fantastic way of obtaining the targeted skills and experience sought by industry, is the online animation school and there are a wide range on offer. You will obviously need to be careful which you choose but any school that is recommended or endorsed by the industry is certainly one to be taken seriously. If you do locate one, then you will find that the tutors at the school will most likely have worked in the industry and have maintained close links with it. You can do no better than learn with someone who knows how things should be done in a professional environment.
Ask to see the tutors work and decide for yourself if this is the standard and the kind of thing you want to be able to do. Of course you can teach yourself some skills and maybe even get a job but you will be unlikely to secure a well paying job to turn around your career.
A number of known companies such as Double Negative, ILM, PIXAR, MPC and Framestore and many more will often give preference to students who have attended these accredited online animation classes because they know the student will have gained experience in the skills and techniques of a seasoned professional and more-over, students who complete an endorsed online animation school will not only have already made contact with an industry professional with many industry contacts, but they will also have produced eye catching work for their reels, absolutely essential if you wish to win that dream job.
Jon Reed is looking to help graduate, or out of work animators, get a foothold in the industry. He recommends you take a look at the following links. This course aims to provide the student with the skills industry is looking for: