3D design & animation offers new worlds of opportunity

3D Design & Animation

Do you thrill at the special effects in many of today’s motion pictures? Love to play video games?

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry today, with a variety of games and platforms available. Multimedia designers and animators — artists who create animation for games and other media — are in demand. Use computers, video and electronic media to create special effects and animations. These effects may be used in games, movies, music videos and commercials.

About the Program 

Students may complete a certificate program which is available entirely online. This is the first step toward a career in animation, and further study will broaden opportunities. The certificate combines traditional hands-on and digital skills. Students will begin with the basics of three-dimensional modeling – designing computer characters and objects – and then progress to more advanced techniques. Those interested in this career should have or understand some traditional artistic hand skills, such as understanding light, figure drawing and perspective drawing.

Job opportunities include multimedia designer, 3D designer, animator, video game artist, or digital artist. Designers often work with a team of animators and artists to create a game or visual effect. The employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 4-8 percent through 2028, which depends on location. Many animators are self-employed. Earnings of animators average about $60,000 in Michigan. Earnings may range from $36,600 to $91,000.