Your time in college is critical in establishing the foundation of your skills and mindset as an aspiring animator. As such, it’s important that animation students make the most out of their four years in school. Here are some tips to help you do just that:
Find Your Niche
Careers in animation can be found in a wide range of industries, including advertising, television, gaming, and film among others. Similarly, these industries have multiple roles for those with experience in animation, including art director, animator, graphic designer, or even web developer.
Given how animation is such a broad career field, it’s important for you to identify where your talent lies and which area of animation you should specialize in. This may include choosing to specialize in fine arts, modeling, computer animation, or special effects. Take into account both your skills, your personal interests, and your career plans when making your choice.
Go Beyond School Requirements
As someone trying to break into the animation industry, it’s important for you to work on projects beyond requirements for your classes. Try to develop animations during your free time and don’t be afraid to post these works on social media platforms, especially on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
This is more than simply building a portfolio. It is also about keeping track of your progress, as well as a chance to creatively apply what you’ve learned in different classes, allowing you to create your own unique style.
Take Your Internship Seriously
Most UX design courses will require you to take an internship as part of your curriculum. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity. Don’t forget that where you do your internship has the potential to affect your future career prospects once you graduate. Your internship will also be a driving force in the development of key technical and collaborative skills, both of which are necessary to advance your career.
Additionally, you should consider taking internship opportunities beyond the mandatory requirement of your school. After all, the more experience you have, the better you become as an animator and the higher your chances of landing your dream position after graduation.