Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Becoming an Animator

Becoming an Animator Cost


How Much Does Becoming an Animator Cost?

 
average costPublic University: $4,000-$18,000 Per Yearhigh costPrivate University: $30,000-$37,000+ Per Year

Animators are employed in various industries, from video games to websites to television and movies. The work is most commonly done by computer program.

Typical costs:

  • Most animators have an art-related bachelor's degree. Important qualities necessary to perform the job include artistic ability, computer skills, creativity and ability to work with a team, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics[1] .
  • Earning a bachelor's degree from a public university costs about $4,000-$18,000 per year, depending on the location and whether the student is an in- or out-of-state resident. For example, San Jose State University[2] in California, which offers a degree in animation, costs $6,828 annually for in-state tuition.
  • Private art school tuition typically costs $30,000-$37,694 annually. Such schools may offer more detailed and rigorous coursework than that found at a public university. Private school class sizes are often smaller than those at public schools, and so they can offer more one-on-one training with instructors. For example, CalArts[3] offers a degree in either character animation or experimental animation for $37,000 a year.
  • Aspiring animators must typically put together a portfolio of their best work, preferably created with one of the field's prominent software programs. Such programs, which include Smith Micro Software's Poser Pro 2012[4] and Autodesk's Maya[5] , cost about $500-$6,500. Pricier software is more complex, offering more features, tools and professional-quality images.
Related articles: College, Community College, MFA in Graphic Design

What should be included:
  • Animation is a highly competitive field. While some people are able to break into the field of animation without a degree, animators advise that pursuing a degree can lead to an easier start[6] in the career.
  • Most of today's animated films, such as the popular Toy Story series, feature computer animation. Animation is also used extensively in the video game industry for similar effects. Websites also use animators to create moving advertisements and other online moving pictures.
  • Degree programs in animation include courses in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional animation. Students learn to develop characters, create storyboards and create models. Auxiliary courses include graphic design, digital arts and drawing.
  • More than 66,000 animators work in the United States, and that number is expected to grow 8% from 2010 to 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Additional costs:
  • As with any degree, there are costs in addition to tuition. These costs can reach $10,000 or more for an artistic degree such as animation. These costs cover college fees, books and materials.
  • Miscellaneous costs involved with creating an animation portfolio include compact discs and compact disc cases; 50-packs of either cost about $10. Creating a physical portfolio with printed out or hand drawn images to supplement their CD portfolio costs another $28-$165.
Discounts:
  • The federal government offers financial aid[7] to qualifying college students. Likewise, many private schools offer merit scholarships[8] to qualifying students.
Shopping for becoming an animator:
  • Animation World Network is the industry's most prominent website. AWN.com[9] features job postings, forum discussions and industry news.
  • AllArtSchools.com offers a list of questions[10] to ask before considering whether and where to attend an animation school.
  • Look for an animation school with accreditation, either from a specialized accrediting association[11] or a regional body, such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges[12] .
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Becoming an Animator
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
School or University: Public or Private: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/multimedia-artists-and-animators.htm#tab-4
  2.  www.sjsuai.com/ai/Welcome.html
  3.  filmvideo.calarts.edu/programs/character-animation
  4.  poser.smithmicro.com/poser.html
  5.  www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-maya/overview
  6.  www.animationarena.com/animation-career.html
  7.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  8.  www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/acade...
  9.  www.awn.com/
  10.  www.allartschools.com/art-careers/animation/animation-school
  11.  www.arts-accredit.org
  12.  www.acswasc.org/
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does Middle School Cost? How Much Does Becoming a Photographer Cost? How Much Does Veterinary School Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Didn't hurt the pocketbook
Paid: 43.00
I called my dentist because my tooth had been hurting for a week and a half. I couldn't eat or sleep. It was horrible. They got me in the next day. The dental surgeon and staff took x-rays, verified that it indeed needed to come out... [more]
-Anxious in Augusta
Tooth Extraction Cost
Current cost of skirting job 2022
Paid: 2356.00
Purchased material @ mobile home supply store Front/back top trim & ground track 17 each [email protected]$9= $459. 48 [email protected]$17= $816. [email protected]$40 [email protected] $20 tax $121. Total material $1456. 3 guys total $75 hour labor at 12 hours $900 labor... [more]
-Fayard siding
Mobile Home Skirting Cost
Alatel joy tab2
Paid: 108.00
Cracked screen... [more]
-Shawn P Speers
Tablet Repair Cost
Replace 2baths, laundry, and kitchen to the street
Paid: 20000.00
Numerous breaks in 90 year old cast iron and also in the clay pipe. replaced with 4" schedule 40 ABS to the curb and then liner in the clay pipe to the city sewer... [more]
-Steve in 2022
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Full mouth -Is this estimate too much?
Paid: 16945.00
Extract buttom front teeth, replace with single implant for both teeth. Root canals and crowns needed for 3 molars, fillings needed on 11 teeth. Deep cleaning with 4 spots of Arestin and fluoride treatment. All under IV sedation... [more]
-Shanmarspag
Dental Work Cost
Lockout at front door
Paid: 175.00
I was quoted $29 for a service call. The techniciandidn't give me a price but went ahead with the repair. It took about 10 minutes. Then he told me the charge was because the owner of the business gets most of the money I paid... [more]
-Carla Axelrod
Locksmith Cost