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Job Title – Animator


An Animator works with drawings, which are photographed to give an effect of continuous movement when run through a projector. 

Typical Job Activities

Creates illustrations and/or storyboards
Designs images, produce illustrations and develop characters that are in line with current market trends and the corporate identity of the client
Designs animation characters with smooth and plausible movement
Attends and participate in weekly meetings

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Decor designer
Graphic designer

Model builder

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Art

Diploma or degree in Animation & Illustration

Entry to Work Place

In service training:
There is no recognised academic training course specifically for an animator. Most of the actual training is gained by in-service training with a practising animator. This may take up to three years depending on the individual's interest in his work, his diligence and talent.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be artistically inclined and imaginative
Be industrious
Have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of figure drawing, cartoon drawing and landscape painting

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Production companies
Animation studios
Television companies
Advertising agencies
Free-lance work

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Relevant Contact Details

The Animation Schoolhttp://www.theanimationschool.co.za/ 

Career Progress and Path 

Work performance 

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Own business

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can design things
I can create new things
I can entertain people
I can apply my special skills