BA in Animation and Visual Effects is an undergraduate Degree program. It is a job oriented professional course related to the field of animation and VFX. In this article, you will be reading about BA in Animation and Visual Effects course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, PG courses and career prospects.
In India, there exist many Bachelor’s Degree courses related to the field of Animation. Usually, such programs combine the art and science of animation with another relevant field of study, such as- Animation and Graphic Design, Animation and VFX, Animation and Digital Filmmaking, Animation and Pre Production works etc.
BA in Animation and Visual Effects is a Bachelor of Arts Degree program that combines Animation and VFX subjects. This program contains a holistic mixture of classroom lectures and practical (lab) training sessions and workshops.
Before heading towards important course details, let us check out skills and qualities required to thrive in the field of animation. Here we go-
- 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
If you possess most of the skills and qualities mentioned above, it is safe to conclude that you will be able to perform decently in this field. How well you fare and how well your career blooms in this sector depends on the skills, creativity and passion (for the art of animation) you possess.
Let us check out the important course details now-
BA in Animation and Visual Effects is also known by the name of Animation and VFX. It is an undergraduate level Bachelor of Arts Degree program.
The course is 3 years long. It consists of 3 academic years. Each academic year is divided into two semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months. The academic program consists of classroom lectures and practical training. Studio and practical training are given much importance, thanks to the nature of the course.
The course focuses on theoretical and practical areas of multimedia. It covers topics such as multimedia, animation and VFX.
Evaluation is done at the end of each semester. Evaluation is done through written examination as well as practical test.
10+2 passed in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts) is the minimum educational qualification required. Minimum marks criteria may exist in case of many institutes (around 50% aggregate marks).
Some institutes follow the ‘direct admission’ process. Other institutes follow merit based admission process (based on merit marks in board exam and/or relevant entrance test). Few institutes are also known to have their own screening test and interview, when it comes to admission process.
To get a better idea about the course structure, let us take a look at a list of important subjects present in BA in Animation and Visual Effects course.
- Communication Skills
- Critical Reasoning, Writing and Presentation
- Introduction to Visual Language
- Introduction to Sound Design
- Introduction to Multimedia
- Basics of Cinematography
- Pre Production works
- Post Production works
- Multimedia Designing
- CG (Computer Graphics)
- Modelling and Animation
- Advanced Graphics and Animation
- Visual Image Editing
- Online Media
In cases of most of the subjects mentioned above, along with classroom lectures, practical studio sessions are also present. In case of final academic year, depending upon the institute, project work and/or internship may also be present.
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.
Master of Design (M.Des.) Animation and Film Design is a good PG Design course available in front of graduates. Course duration of Master of Design program is 2.5 years.
PG courses can be used to specialize in sub disciplines of animation. 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
This field has become bit too crowded and extremely competitive in recent times. To stay above the rest of the pack, one must be willing to learn about new developments taking place in the field of animation. One must stay updated, when it comes to software and technology used in the field of animation.
The more you work on improving your skills, the better your work and portfolio will be. This could help you land that ‘dream job’ that you’ve always wanted!
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 of an animation professional 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.