Career in animation in India


Career in animation in India

Career in animation in India has emerged to become a very popular career choice among Indian students. Animation is a blend of design, drawing, layout, production of graphically rich multimedia clips. Or in other words, animation can be termed as an art which helps to breathe life to any character or object. A career in animation could be the right choice for today’s youth considering its creativity part and the growing opportunities in the sector. Animation has become one of the most- sought- after career option among youths.

But before you choose a career in animation, here are a few things you need to be aware of:

To pursue a career in animation one needs to have sketching skill and a passion for animation. Along with the entertainment industry and gaming, animation plays an important role in other areas such as business, sales, engineering, education, and advertising. Among these sectors, the gaming industry is at the top.

Good animators can also choose to be freelancer branch into website design, CD- R OM production, graphics designing, three-dimensional product modeling.

Animation offers several career opportunities from technology-based jobs such as scanning, compositing, designing, 3D Modeller, etc.

For a career in animation, one has to go through a lot of training. To become an animator one can join Diploma courses like Diploma in Graphic Designing, Web Designing, etc which will help to pursue a lucrative career. The courses are designed in such a manner that a student goes through expert training with a specialization such as Lighting, Modelling, Animation, Visual effects, etc.

After completing the Diploma Course, pursue job roles such as Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Technical Trainer, 3D Modeler, Multimedia programmers, etc.

But the field of animation is often misunderstood with cartooning. Cartooning is simply drawing caricatures with character. On the other hand, the animation is breathing life into characters. Visualization skills, the flair of using colors, patience, dedication is a must for the job. You will also face challenges such as working for long hours, a lot of creative ideas, etc.

Animation courses are available in three formats-

  • Bachelor’s Degree courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Certificate courses


  • BA in Animation & Multimedia
  • B.Sc. in Animation & Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts (Animation)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Graphics and Web Design
  • BA in Animation and CG Arts
  • BA in Animation and Graphic Design
  • BA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation
  • B.Sc. in Animation and VFX
  • B.Sc. in Animation and Gaming


  • Diploma in 2D Animation
  • Diploma in 3D Animation
  • Diploma in Digital Animation
  • Diploma in CG Animation
  • Diploma in Animation and Filmmaking
  • Diploma in VFX
  • Diploma in Animation and VFX
  • Diploma in Animation, Video Editing and Post Production works


  • Certificate in VFX
  • Certificate in 2D Animation
  • Certificate in 3D Animation
  • Certificate in Editing, Mixing and Post Production Works
  • Certificate in CG Arts


Advanced courses are available in the forms of M.Sc., MA, Master of Animation, PG Diploma and PG Certificate courses. Some such well-known courses are- M.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia, M.Sc. in Animation and Digital Filmmaking, M.Sc. in Visual Effects, MA in Animation and Multimedia, MA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation, PG Diploma in Animation, etc.


There are a number of colleges in the country which impart education in the field of animation. Here is the list:

National Institute Of Film And Fine Arts, Kolkata

St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata

Maya Institute Of Advanced Cinematic (MAAC)

Arena Animation

       F X School, Mumbai

Picasso Animation College, Bangalore

Mayabious Academy – School of Animation And Visual Effects, Kolkata

Toonz Academy, Thiruvananthapuram

Zee Institute of Creative Art, Bangalore

Whistling Woods International Institute, Mumbai