In the last five years, more than 77% of MCAD graduates have found work in the areas they majored in.

This is no accident—MCAD’s animation curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Animators produce work for advertisements, television stations, video games, educational purposes, feature-length films, and more. Top animators have a solid foundation in fine arts, mastery of motion design and timing, and experience utilizing both traditional and digital materials.

 

Potential Careers

Background Animator

Based on what's happening in the scene, this person creates and animates appropriate environments for characters to be placed in.

Character Developer

Makes model sheets, sometimes called "roughs" (thumbnail sketches and models of the figures depicting a range of movement, key poses, expressions, and emotions) based on the designer's concepts.

Director

Responsible for the overall coordination of all animated characters within a project. Ensures each individual works together—from those in charge of layouts and storyboards to the voice talent.

Film Editor

Cuts together the sections/scenes of the film, matching the images to the soundtrack.

Producer

Hires the team, locates investors, manages expenses, handles distribution, and is responsible for the overall development of the film.

Project Manager

A business position that organizes and oversees an animation project. This includes hiring and supervising a team and ensuring that deadlines and budgets are met.

Inker, Opaquer, Checker

The inker traces the outline of each of the sketches onto an acetate sheet. An opaquer then takes the outlined acetate sheets completed by the inker and paints the colors of the characters on the opposite side. A checker makes sure all the cells, layers, exposure sheets, bar sheets and backgrounds are executed, marked, and registered prior to the beginning of filming.

Special Effects Animator

Special/visual effects animators are used in film, television, and the entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means or are otherwise too expensive. Special/visual effects enhance previously filmed elements by adding, removing, or improving objects within a scene.

Storyboard Artist

Creates sequential drawings or storyboards that show the scope of the film's action by breaking down the storyline of a film, video, or animation into specific scenes with attention to scale, camera angles, and the type of action involved.

Writer

Identifies the subject of the film, defines the characters, and develops the storyline and dialogue.