Get to know Animation specialisations

In 2018, the global Animation market had a market value of USD 259 billion. And in 2020, the global Animation industry recorded an approximate market value of USD 261 billion. Animation is big business. Today it represents one of the fastest growing and most promising industries in the audiovisual sector. With each passing day, consumers expect higher quality productions -both in films and games-, greater visual effects and a more immersive experience. Elements that allow them to be an active part of the audiovisual experiences in which they participate.

According to the Research and Markets portal, these are some of the statistics that show that the animation market is constantly growing:

  • The size of the global animation and visual effects market was $156 billion in 2020.
  • The global animation and visual effects software market size was USD 8.8 billion in 2020.
  • Most segments of the animation industry are growing at a rate of 2-3% year-on-year.
  • Production cost per animated film ranges from US$20 million to US$300 million.
  • Spending on special effects as a percentage of production cost is approximately 20% to 25%.

What is Animation?

Animation is a method of creating an effect of movement through the sequence of still images in which there may be real objects, models or puppets. Our eyes can only retain an image for about 1/10 of a second. When several images appear in quick succession, the brain blends them into one. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed. Early cartoons are examples of this. Today, most animated films are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The specialities of the Animation industry

We could establish three main specialisations within the world of Animation:

  • 2D Animation: also called traditional animation, it consists of.
  • 3D Animation: añade giro y movimiento a objetos y personajes en un espacio tridimensional.
  • Art for Animation: this is a discipline that arises from illustration, which shapes ideas in a visual format. These will serve as a guide in a production.

2D Animation

The art of creating movement in two-dimensional space. It includes characters, creatures, effects and backgrounds.

The illusion of movement is created when individual drawings are sequenced in time. One second of time is usually divided into 24 frames. Depending on the style of animation, there may be as many as 24 unique drawings in one second of animation (24fps) or as few as two.

2D ANIMATION: our students' projects

3D Animation

3D Animation is the art of using movement to bring characters, vehicles, props and other elements to life in three dimensions. That is to say, adding the variable depth. To achieve this, the 3D animator uses software that allows objects and/or characters to be digitally sculpted and modelled, with the aim of telling a story or conveying an emotion.

3D ANIMATION: our students' projects

3D Generalist

A Generalist 3D specialist is a professional who can work on any type of project in the film, games and animation industries. If you are passionate about creating 3D objects using digital techniques you can find plenty of job opportunities in this sector.

3D GENERALIST: our students' projects

Concept art

A concept artist visualises characters, environments, props and other elements through storytelling. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” should be the mantra of every concept artist. In his work he injects his personal style while remaining true to the commission and the end goals.

CONCEPT ART: our students' projects

Are you passionate about animation?

If you want to work in a constantly growing industry, at L’Idem you will find the training you need. For more than 25 years we have been preparing the best professionals in the sector for a successful incorporation into the labour market.

We invite you to discover our academic proposal for the 2021-2022 academic year: quality training adapted to your possibilities. For more information about our programmes in Animation or to find out about the conditions of access to the school, please contact our Admissions Department.

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