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Computer Graphics Animation

Also see, Computer Graphics Animation,
Computer Graphics Web Design

Computer Graphics Animation
What They Do:

A multimedia designer is a computer artist who uses many electronic tools to create interactive art. Multimedia designers must have creative abilities and design, drawing, problem-solving, production, communication, and presentation skills. Multimedia is a cooperative process. The multimedia designer should expect to work as part of a team which may include animators, graphic designers, photographers, audio and video producers, writers and others.

Multimedia is a substantial part of the visual arts in the 90's, encompassing illustration, advertising, video, training, and photography. The multimedia designer is distinguished from the fine artist in that their work is used for a functional or "practical " purpose. The general work of the multimedia designer will be on CD-ROM or the World Wide Web. Multimedia Designers work for advertising agencies, on-line magazines and newspapers, the education & entertainment industry, in-house training and TV and film studios.

Who Would Enjoy It:
Multimedia designers must have creative abilities and design, drawing, problem-solving, production, communication and presentation skills. The multimedia designer can expect to work both alone and as a part of a team which may include animators, graphic designers, photographers, audio/video producers and writers.

What They Earn:
Entry-level multimedia positions can vary from $11.00 to $16.00 per hour, depending on the employment situation and responsibilities. Salaried positions may begin at around $20,000 to $26,000, with experienced animators earning over $75,000 per year. Animation artists can sometimes work as freelancers, with widely varying hourly rates, depending on the region ($75.-$200. per hour).

How Many Jobs Available:
The outlook for employment in multimedia design for the future indicate continued growth, about as fast as the average job. The skill set required for employment is constantly upgraded as new hardware and software solutions emerge. The competition for higher level employment is high and all employment is based on the quality and content of a portfolio of examples of work presented for employment.

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development:
Entry into the profession of multimedia design is directly related to the evidence of skills displayed in a prospective employee's portfolio. Many employers require a minimum of a 2-year college degree for attainment of positions at certain levels, but again, the acquisition of skills to do the job is the most important issue.

Related Occupations:
Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design, Architecture and Interior Design.

Art, Design and Multimedia at Lansing Community College

Communication, Media and the Arts Department
Gannon Bldg, Room 131
Phone: (517) 483-1546
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