Bachelor of Design in Animation is an undergraduate program in animation design involving components such as visual arts, drawing and storytelling employed in creation of animation work that stands out in the industry. Eligible candidates are trained to develop, pitch and defend ideas, and create original content for various media like TV, film, advertising etc
Admission to the course can be obtained through a relevant national/ institute- level entrance examination. The average annual fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2 and 4 lacs. The program is designed for candidates who aspire to explore advanced skills in communication through animation and the creative potential of the interchange between words and images in both traditional and innovative media.
Successful graduates of the program are hired in capacities such as Animators, Character Designers, Story-Board Artists, Creative Directors, Producers, Consultants and Designers in organizations such as Channel V, MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Tata Interactive, Infosys, Cognizant, to name a few.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Duration||3 to 4 Years|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 or equivalent education|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 2 to 4 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 6 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/ Areas||Animation Media Industry|
The course is designed to inspire enrolled students to observe the world around them, draw directly from life to gain inspiration for characters and stories. They are encouraged to discover how to think creatively and develop ideas through multiple stages, focusing on character development, narratives and performance. They are also taught fundamental 2D and 3D animation skills to bring their stories to life.
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
The process of admission to the course varies across institutes and/ or States.
Most institutes require the candidate to qualify an entrance examination. Candidates who are currently appearing in the 10+2 or equivalent examination are also eligible to appear for these entrance examinations.
Some of such popular entrance tests held for admission to the course are:
SET for Design is a design aptitude test evaluating candidates’ aptitude with respect to color, geometry, visual observations, creative thinking abilities, general design awareness, awareness on Indian culture, craft and traditions etc. The question paper consists of 150 Multiple Choice Objective- Type questions.
There are only 2 institutes in India offering the course. Their details are tabulated here.
|College/ University||City||Average Annual Fees in INR|
|National Institute Design||Ahmedabad||1,20,000|
|Symbiosis Institute of Design||Pune||3,25,000|
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Sketching and Drawing - 1|
|Design Fundamentals - 1|
|History of Art and Design|
|Craft Design Studies - 1|
|Culture and Design Studies|
|Sketching and Drawing - 2|
|Design Fundamentals - 2|
|Society, Environment and Design|
|Craft Design Studies – 2|
|Information Collection and Analysis|
|Design Processes and Thinking|
|Introduction to Graphic Design|
|Introduction to User Experience Design|
|Introduction to Design for Moving Images|
|Digital Design Tools - Film Media|
|Sketching and Drawing - 3|
|Story Telling for Visual Media|
|Fundamentals of Animation and Video Film Design|
|Basics of Classical Animation|
|Pre-production Design for Animation|
|Classical Animation Techniques|
|Pre-visualization Techniques for Animation|
|Production Art Design for Animation|
|Animation Film Production : 3D|
|Inter Discipline Elective - 1|
|Animation Film Production : Stop Motion|
|Post Production for Animation|
|Animation Film Project - 1|
|Animation Film Project - 2|
|Design Internship Presentation|
|Animation Film Project - 3|
|Animation Film Project - 4|
Some of the professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Animator||Animators produce images that appear to come to life on screen. Their work is found in feature films, commercials, pop videos, computer games, websites and other forms of media.||2 to 3 lacs|
|Art Director||Art Directors work upon briefs with copywriters, generating ideas to present to the client. They work on designs to produce an effective advertising campaign. They commission specialists, such as artists and photographers, to work on projects.||5 to 6 lacs|
|Flash Animator||Flash Animators create digital animations using Adobe Flash. They may also use computer codes to create websites and graphics, and additional software programs to create SWF files.||3 to 3.5 lacs|
|3D Animator||3D Animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media.||2 to 3 lacs|