B. Sc. in Animation & VFX is a 3- year full-time undergraduate course in the discipline of Animation and Multimedia. The minimum eligibility for admission to the course is the successful completion of the 10+2 level of education from a recognized educational Board.
The course is essentially about the latest technologies and methodologies used in the field of visual effects and animations, such as cartoons, games, animated movies, etc.
The course is sub-divided into 6 semesters, of 6 months each.
The course can be pursued in the country at an average fee ranging between INR 2 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes. Most institutes offering the course provide admission based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination, followed by a round of counseling.
Successful graduates of the course are hired in the field in capacities such as:
The average annual salary offered to such graduates in India ranges between INR 20K and 50k, increasing with the candidate’s experience and expertise in the field.
Tabulated below are some of the important highlights of the course.
|Basic Eligibility Criteria||10+2 qualification from a recognized educational Board|
|Admission Procedure||Merit-based/ Based on performance in entrance exam|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Total Course Fee||INR 1.5 to 5 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||News & Media, Film Industry, Games Industry, IT Companies, Photography Shops, Colleges & Universities, TV Channels, Production Houses, Design/Creative Firms, etc.|
|Job Profiles||Graphic Designer, 2D/3D Animator, 3D Modeler, Multimedia Programmer, Web Designer, Visualizer, AV Editor, Compositor, Content Developer, Video Editor, Game Tester & Reviewer, and such.|
|Average Initial Salary||INR 2.5 to 4 Lacs|
|Major Entrance Exam||Arena Animation Academy (AAA) Entrance Exam, Picasso Animation College Entrance Test, National School of Design Animation (NSDA) Entrance Exam, among others such.|
The program has been designed to offer to aspiring eligible candidate an advanced learning in:
Successful graduates of the course interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline may go for pursuing higher courses like M. Sc., Ph. D., M. Phil., or research in the subject.
Eligible candidates aspiring to pursue the course would ideally possess:
Tabulated below are the names and corresponding details of some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|Birla Institute of Technology (BIT)||Noida||INR 1,60,00 (course)|
|Picasso Animation College||New Delhi||INR 60,000 (course)|
|Westford Institute of Film Technology||Mumbai||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|Vellore Institute of Technology||Chennai||INR 70,000 (course)|
|P.A. Inamdar College of Visual Effects, Design & Art||Pune||Not Mentioned|
|Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology||Bangalore||INR 3,00,000 (course)|
|Arena Animation||Bangalore||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Accel Animation Academy||Delhi||INR 45,000 (course)|
|Sam Higgin Bottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences||Allahabad||Not Mentioned|
|Lovely Professional University (LPU)||Chandigarh||INR 2 Lacs (course)|
|Global Institute of Gaming and Animation (GIGA)||Chennai||INR 1.5 Lacs (course)|
|Indian Institute of Digital Art & Animation (IIDAA)||Kolkata||INR 37,000 (course)|
|Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects||Bangalore||Not Mentioned|
|Whistling Woods International Institute (WWI)||Mumbai||INR 2,00,000 (course)|
|Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA)||Mumbai||INR 2,50,000 (course)|
|Global School of Animation and Games||New Delhi||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|Picasso Animation College||Chandigarh||INR 60,000 (course)|
|Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)||Bangalore||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Arena Multimedia||Mumbai||INR 50,000 (course)|
|National Institute of Design (NID)||Ahmedabad||INR 2,00,000 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Mumbai||INR 60,000 (course)|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfil the following minimum eligibility criteria
Most institutes in India offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes also admit students based on the candidate’s obtained merit at the level of graduation, while some conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission, inclusive of a round of counselling.
The round of counseling consists of two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, to assess the candidate’s general aptitude for the course. A merit list is subsequently released by institutes, allotting available seats to qualifying candidates.
Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some such popular entrance examinations conducted in the country are mentioned below.
A semester-wise break-up of the course’s syllabus is tabulated as follows.
|History of Animation||Introduction to 2D Animation|
|Drawing Concepts||Digital Methodologies: Sound & Audio|
|Color Studies||Advanced 2D Animation|
|Character Design 1||Character Design 3|
|Script Writing and Sequential Narrative||Digital Methodologies: Lighting and Texturing|
|Matte Planning||Digital Methodologies: Introduction to Dynamics|
|Digital Methodologies: Modelling||Digital Methodologies: Animation|
|Digital Methodologies: Character Modelling||Digital Methodologies: Character Rigging|
|Digital Methodologies: Advanced Dynamics||Portfolio Developments|
|Video Editing & Compositing||Movie|
|Corporate Communication||Practical Internship|
|Movie Merchandising||Project & Viva|
Currently, almost every movie and TV serial uses VFX and Animation technologies, which is why, upon successful completion of the course, graduates can find lucrative career opportunities across:
Tabulated below are some of the top professional avenues open to such graduates with the corresponding salaries and job responsibilities associated with the respective positions.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Graphic Designer||Graphic Designers are professionally responsible for gathering materials and information, and illustrating concept by designing rough layouts of art and copy regarding according to specified type size, size, style, and related concepts. For obtainment of approval of concept, they submit rough layouts for feedback, etc.||INR 3 to 10 Lacs|
|Web Designer||Web Designers are professionally responsible for all aspects of creating a website, besides meeting with clients and assessing their needs. Web Designers help create and maintain the product. Their duties also include writing and editing content.||INR 3.5 to 12 Lacs|
|Multimedia Programmer||Multimedia Programmers use creative flair and technical ability to produce innovative digital products, such as Flash-based websites, mobile apps and interactive animated films. They are involved throughout the entire project lifecycle.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|
|2D/3D Animator||2D/3D Animators use computer-generated images to create animated scenes. They focus on creating characters, scene transitions, backgrounds, and bringing creative ideas and concepts to life. Job duties of 2D Animators are to design and produce images, special effects, and action graphics.||INR 2.5 to 10 Lacs|
|Lecturer||Lecturers encourage personal development via tutorial or theoretical work, and invigilate examinations, etc.||INR 2 to 7 Lacs|
|3D Modeler||3D Modelers create visualized models' surfaces or skins, and paint and wrap 2D textures on a digital frame. They create character skeletons, which animators then control. The task of modeling is performed using a variety of programs such as Maya, 3DS Max, Pixar's RenderMan, POV-Ray, etc.||INR 2.5 to 8 Lacs|