Shreak, the movie. Image courtesy: http://www.techgyd.com
Animation is the art of bringing inanimate objects or characters to life, a world where reality meets imagination. It involves special effects, graphics and software technologies that create virtual experiences. The animation industry is witnessing a host of opportunities, as television channels, movie makers and the entertainment sector are finding the animation techniques suitable for a different visual experience. Recognizing this potential, the Indian market is suddenly waking up to the need of this growing industry. Animation studios and training institutes cater to the growing need to build skilled manpower for this market.
Those who have completed the higher secondary school certificate examination (10+2) or equivalent with any three science subjects such as physics chemistry, biology or mathematics, are generally eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Animation and Multimedia. Other requirements may be in place, depending on the school. Many colleges conduct entrance exams for admission to the course. Besides creative thinking, the basic skill requirement remains the same: drawing skills and understanding of motion, size and composition. Also, you should be familiar with the various modes of drawing methods available in the software. As the industry is highly dependent on technology, a basic understanding of mathematics, physics and computer language is important.
After completing the course, graduates can look for employment in the advertising business, entertainment industry, gaming industry, graphics designing and website designing business. These professionals may contribute to the development of graphic rich images and multimedia content by working as character animators, graphic designers or visual effect supervisors.
A B.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia degree can be your response to the growing need for skilled professionals in the industry. The programme can help students to gain knowledge and expertise in multimedia, graphics and animation applicable in print, film and web media. The course may provide students with an understanding on various animation techniques to develop innovative methods to complete high-end content. It may equip you with fundamental skills in traditional and digital animation techniques. The course may also help you to develop effective communication and presentation skills.
Various universities provide regular as well as the distance education mode in B.Sc. Animation and Multimedia. The duration of the course is three years. The entire course has total of six semesters (two per year). Every college or university may have its own course structure.
The first semester may cover basics of animation, computer programming languages and technical English. In the second semester, students may be required to take papers on digital art and graphics. In the third semester, subjects such as 3-D animation, composing and editing, color theory and multimedia could be included. The fourth semester might consist of subjects such as layout and perspective, sketching and the production process. The fifth semester might cover subjects like gaming technology and web design. In the final semester, students may take subjects like filmmaking labs, script writing and visual effects. A project could be required during this semester. Each semester tends to include both theory and practical papers.
Some colleges that offer a B.Sc. in Animation or B.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia are listed below:
However, programmes are subject to change, it is advisable to check directly with an institute for current programme availability.
“B.Sc (Multimedia & Animation),” VIT University, http://www.vit.ac.in/site/animation.asp
“B.Sc in Multimedia,” Picasso Animation College, http://www.picasso.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=69
“B.Sc. Degree in Multimedia & Animation,” Arena Animation, http://www.arenamultimedia.in/bsc.aspx
“Frameboxx Degree Program”, Frameboxx, http://frameboxx.in/bsc-degree-program/
“Proposed Structure of B.Sc. (Animation),” University of Pune, http://www.unipune.ac.in/Syllabi_PDF/revised_2012/sci/FY_BSc_Animation_9-7-12.pdf
“Undergraduate Programmes,” Birla Institute of Technology, http://www.bitmesra.ac.in/cms.aspx?this=1&mid=25