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Games Animator

The ability to bring video games to life visually is becoming increasingly valuable within the gaming industry. Animators are responsible for using specialist software to create a series of pictures that visually represent the movement and behaviour of characters within a game. A comprehensive digital portfolio of completed projects. Experience in modelling, rigging, and skinning models for video games. You will need solid animation skills using the most up to date software tools and create an exceptional folio of work and the part you played in the project.

These roles are being more and more sought after. They are projecting an employment growth in computer systems design and related services, specifically 22% in the applications software development industry over the next 10 years.

Video game animators give life to all in-game assets created by 2D and 3D artists. Using various animation software, these animators add movement, personality, and realism to the video games we love. We spoke to a couple of fantastic animators already working in the video game industry and got their advice on what being a games animator looks like, and how you can kick-start a career in this exciting sector.

Skills and qualities

  • a creative mind and a strong visual imagination.

  • an eye for detail and good colour vision.

  • the ability to draw, make models and/or use computer graphics software.

  • patience and stamina - the work is painstakingly detailed and you may need to work long hours to meet deadlines.