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Certificate in Animation is a short-term specialization course in Animation. This certificate course is usually offered after Class 12th or 10th (depending on the institute).  The course duration is from 3 months to 12 months, depending upon the institute chosen, qualification and specialization. Admission to this course is generally based on marks secured in Class 10th or 12th. However, some institutes also conduct their own Group Discussions and Personal Interview for admission. 

Certificate in Animation course is offered at various Media Schools and Animation Institutes of the country. Some top colleges offering this course are as follows: -

  • Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects PVT LTD (Multiple Locations)
  • Zakir Hussain Institute, Patna
  • Arena Animation (Multiple Locations)
  • JSS College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, Mysore
  • Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (Multiple Locations)

Certificate in Animation is a preferred choice for those students who want to start their career in animation. It is also useful for those who have already studied animation but want to enhance their professional capacity in the domain. The students are taught various practical subjects like Basics of 3D Animation, Advanced 3D Animation, 2D Graphics etc.

The fee for this course averagely revolved around INR 20000. Although the fee can go as high as INR 80000, depending upon the duration and curriculum of the course. The course offers various job opportunities in the ever growing field of animation and graphics. Students, after completing this course, can get job profiles like 3D Animator, 2D Animator, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 2D Illustrator, Lighting Artist, Rigging Artist, Texturing Artist.

Certificate in Animation: Course Highlights

Course LevelUndergraduate and can be started after Class 10th too
Duration of the course3 Months to 1 years, depending upon institute and qualification
Examination TypeOne-time/Semester-wise depends upon the institute
EligibilityClass 10th or 12th
Admission ProcessBased on scores achieved in Class 10th or 12th , or first come first serve basis
Course FeeINR 20,000 
Average Starting Salary2 LPA to 3 LPA
Job Positions3D Animator, 2D Animator, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 2D Illustrator, Lighting Artist, Rigging Artist, Texturing Artist.
Top RecruitersPrana Studios, Zee Media, Makuta Visual Effects, NDTV, G10, Red Chillies, Firefly Creative Studio, Colors, Maya Digital Studios, DQ Entertainment, Hindustan Times

Certificate in Animation: What is it about?

Certificate in Animation is mostly an entry level course, which allows students to step into the field of animation. Students are taught about the basics of animation. This course enables students to have a head-start to their full-fledged professional learning in the animation genre. Further, some students also pursue this course in order to get some entry-level jobs in this field.

Certificate in Animation program majorly focuses on developing basic yet practical knowledge of students of the field. Students are allowed to go through a variety of subjects and tools that enable them to enter the realm of animation. However, the subjects and tools taught can vary as per the duration. Some of the subjects taught in this course include Animation Foundation, Basic & Advanced Performance Animation, and Character Animation & Body Design. Some useful software packages like Autodesk Maya are also taught in the course.

The course structure is design in such a way that the certificate remains relevant to industry requirements. The animation industry always requires some entry-level artists which can do some basic but significant tasks related to the field. As mentioned earlier, after pursuing Certificate in Animation course, the students can work in the industry and develop an essential acumen for further professional and advanced knowledge of the domain.

Certificate in Animation: Top Institutes Table

Some of the top institutes that offer Certificate in Animation course are as follows: -

Name of the InstituteLocation
Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects PVT LTD Mumbai
Zakir Hussain InstitutePatna
Arena Animation Mumbai
JSS College of Arts, Commerce and ScienceMysore
Maya Academy of Advanced CinematicsDelhi
School of Film and Media Sciences, KIIT UniversityBhubaneswar
International School of DesignDelhi

Certificate in Animation: Eligibility

Certificate in Animation Program is generally offered to students who have completed their Class 12. The eligibility criteria used by most of the colleges offering Certificate in Animation course is as follows: -

  • The student must have passed Class 12th, in any stream, with a minimum of 50% marks. The student must have attained this qualification from a recognized board or institute.
  • The minimum age required for this program is 16 years. Thus, student must have attained this age before applying for the program.

Some institutes offer this program to students with Class 10 as a qualification. Such students must have obtained at least 50% marks in class 10th, from a recognized board or institute, to pursue this course.

Certificate in Animation: Admission Process

The admission process is usually very simple and does not involve any lengthy or tough examination. Many institutes offer Certificate in Animation program on first come first serve basis, while some offer the program on merit basis. A very limited number of institutes conduct a Group Discussion and Personal Interview Round for admissions as well.

However, the admission process for Certificate in Animation course, at maximum, will involve following steps: -

  • Candidates can visit the premises of the college or institute offering the course to know about the fee structure and other requirements. Students can also visit college/institute’s official website and can contact the admissions office. Mostly, the admissions office will be generous enough to give a call back, per candidate’s comfort.
  • The next step is to apply for the course. Candidates will need to fill the offline/online form (as applicable) to apply for the course.
  • After this, the candidates will need to attend the counseling or GDPI rounds, if applicable. With most the institutes, there will not be this step in their admissions process.
  • The last step is to pay the fee if an admission offer is made to the candidate. After payment of a fee, the admission procedure is complete.

Certificate in Animation: Syllabus and Course Description

Since there is no standard structure for this course, the curriculum and duration of this course varies from institute to institute. The students can go for a shorter course if they want to learn a few subjects, while those who want detailed knowledge can opt for longer one year course.

The students will have to go through following subjects during their Certificate Course in Animation: -

Subjects of Study
Basics of 2D and 3D Animation
Digital Graphics and Digital Animation
Character Animation and Body Design
Performance Animation – Basic and Advanced
Texturing
Corel Draw
Basic Photoshop

It must be noted that this is an indicative list of subjects taught in Certificate of Animation. Actual curriculum can differ from the subjects mentioned above, depending upon the institute and duration of the course.

Certificate in Animation: Career Prospects

Since Certificate in Animation is mostly an entry level course, the students who complete this course are generally absorbed as trainees and interns in various media houses. During the trainee period or internship, the stipend can be around INR 8,000 to 12,000. However, one the trainee acquired sufficient skills, he/she may be given a full time job and a full time employee’s salary too.

The students completing Certificate in Animation course have ample opportunities to pursue higher education in the same field. Some of the most popular courses that can be pursued after Certificate in Animation are Diploma in Animation and Advanced Diploma in Animation & VFX. Later on, the students can also go on and completed graduation in this field.

Top recruiters that hire students after completion of this course are: -

  • Prana Studios
  • Zee Media
  • Makuta Visual Effects
  • NDTV
  • G10
  • Red Chillies
  • Firefly Creative Studio
  • Colors
  • Maya Digital Studios
  • DQ Entertainment
  • Hindustan Times
ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Starting Salary
2D and 3D AnimatorTo produce images of drawing and models to enable them for usage in videos, advertisements and games.2 LPA to 4 LPA
Character DesignerA character designer is responsible for creating engaging, well rounded and relevant animated characters for mobile apps, TV shows, websites and video games.1 LPA to 3 LPA
Background ArtistAs the name suggests, background artists are responsible for created a suited background for games, videos and websites. They have to integrate the theme, color position, designs and music in such a way that it fits the purpose of the creation.1 LPA to 4 LPA
Layout ArtistA layout artist arranged various parts of the design in such a way that they get the possible look and feel. He/she arranges the colors, images and other elements in such a way that the app/website/game is easy to use and gives best user experience.2.4 LPA to 3 LPA
2D and 3D IllustratorIllustrators are given the task to create drawing, shapes and animations that can be used in advertisements, books, magazines, news papers and greeting cards etc.1.8 LPA to 3.5 LPA
Lighting ArtistA lighting artist works in a team of animation artists, and is responsible for giving the proper lighting effects to the animations or images.1 LPA to 3 LPA
Texturing ArtistA texturing artist has to paint textures of characters and elements included in an animated film or drawing. Examples of this are giving natural look to any building included in the film, to draw wrinkles or imperfections on character’s face, to fade/improve the colors of any scene.1.5 LPA to 3.5 LPA

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