The animation industry in India is expected to grow at a pace faster than the IT industry’s! Animation as a career option is a field where you can fulfill your dream of “enjoy-as-you-work” , feel satisfied at the end of your day and get praise from your clients as well.
One can study animation, graphics and multimedia courses either as a full-time or part-time student. Several programs are offered like certificates, diplomas, and degrees etc. While admission into full time courses, i.e. diplomas and degrees-BFA etc is offered on the basis of entrance exam, admission into part time and short term courses is offered on first come first serve basis. There are many number of institutes in all major cities and towns of India, both private and government for providing training in animation, graphics and multimedia. Many institutes also provide internship and arranges for job placement during or after completion of the course.
As of 2015, the animation industry has matured in India and has moved on from being just an outsourcing facility to a creator of indigenous intellectual property as well. There are more than 300 animation studios in India as of 2015, which are estimated to have employed more than 15,000 animation professionals. As per the FICCI KPMG 2015 report, the year 2014 saw the value of VFX grow the highest at 22 per cent, followed by post-production at 15 per cent, animation production at 9 per cent and animation services at 1 per cent.
Chaar Sahibzaade is a 2014 Punjabi language Indian 3D computer-animated historical film directed by Harry Baweja, whose animation work was handled by i.Realities. The movie cost was Rs.20 crores and it earned Rs.70 crores globally!
We can see that the animation, VFX, gaming and comics (AVGC) sector of India is only set to grow further. As of now, 20,000 (5%) people out of 4 lakh people in the media and entertainment sector are employed in the animation, VFX and gaming side. This figure is expected to rise to 30,000 by year 2017 and 4.4 lakh by 2023.
Work opportunities for quality animators and related professionals like graphic designer, multimedia developer and game developer, character designers, key frame animators, 3D modelers, layout artists etc exists in following sectors at large-
- Online and Print News Media
- Film & Television
- Cartoon production
- Video Gaming
Though, these are some examples only. Opportunities exists both with government as well as private sector enterprises. Animation itself is an industry, and as industry it’s on boom. There exist numerous animation houses both in India and abroad who work for clienteles. An animator and multimedia professional can also work as freelancer or start his / her own enterprise given he / she has entrepreneurial skills and funds for investments. Animators work in various capacities. For details on career options in Animation, Graphics, Multimedia & Gaming,
Animation is a dazzling career option. After finishing the in-house training with leading animation production studio, one can work as a junior animator with salary ranging between Rs.12000 to Rs.18000. As an animator gains expertise and experience, he/she can surely look forward for promotions and salary anywhere between Rs. 25,000 to Rs.40, 000. Those who start own business houses can exploit the opportunities hidden in animation industry up to maximum extent. It’s one of the goldmine fields to explore.