Master of Science or M.Sc. in Animation is a postgraduate course which is designed to teach students the advanced skills of creating drawings or models into an illusion of movement or motion. It is a 2 year course and is divided in 4 semesters.
M.Sc. Animation is one of the most popular course to be introduced in the Indian education system although there are very few colleges/universities which this course. It offers specialization in various branches of animation such as 3D animation, VFX, graphic designing, game designing, media and entertainment. The basic eligibility for admission to the course is a graduate in any stream or equivalent government recognized degree with good sketching or drawing skills.
The average tuition fee for M.Sc. Animation in government aided college ranges from 20,000 INR to 30,000 INR for two years. For private institutions, the fee may be as high as 8 Lakh INR.
Once the course is over, one can seek employment in various production houses and studios. Some of the job designations which are ideal for a M.Sc. Animation postgraduate are Animation graphic designer, web designer, special effects technician, etc. The initial salary in these positions varies from 5,000 INR to 8,000 INR per month. After a year, salary usually goes up to 15,000 INR to 20,000 INR per month.
M.Sc. Animation is a specialized course for students who tend to bring out their artistic talents. The course gives wings to those wanting to fly high in this field. It nurtures the imaginative skills of the student to turn them into real with creativity.
With the growth of animation industry in India, youngsters are getting attracted towards the animation courses. This is helping India to have individuals with creative skills, contributing in the animation sector.
Students with a passion for designing, drawing or sketching should go for M.Sc. Animation. This course is apt for those with creative and imaginative thinking.
This course is also ideal for students who seek to work as a graphic designer, web designer, visualizer, special effect technician.
The course is of two years duration, with two semesters in each year, making it a total of 4 semesters. Similarly for distance program the duration is of two years, breaking into 4 semester.
M.Sc. Animation is available at very few institutes. Some universities like Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya offer this course as M.Sc. in Animation major with VFX.
Some of the top institutes for from across the country are list
Name of Institute
Picasso Animation College
Asian Academy of Film and Television
Bharath Post graduate College
St. Xavier’s College
Editworks School of Mass Communication
Visual Element Design Academy
A graduate degree in the allied subjects is the qualification required to join the Masters course. Some institutes of animation may require some specific course for being eligible for this course.
Aggregate percentage required in graduation may differ from institute to institute.
In order to take the admission in the mentioned course, aspirants need to hold graduation degree. Following are two general ways to get admission in any college-
There are Colleges which follow merit-based admission process. Having a graduation degree from any recognized university fulfills the criteria.
There are some colleges and institutes that carry out their own entrance exams to select the candidates.
After M.Sc. in Animation, most career options are in the field of Graphic designer, visual effects technician and Animation graphic designer. India’s animation sector is growing at a rapid pace. The industry has grown at a steady rate including 70% in art and 30% in technology. With the expected growth of 15-20% per year, this sector is bound to generate more number of jobs every year. The Indian animation industry employs over 80,000 people at present. The steady growth in these industries will eventually create a demand for graphic designers, animators, special effects experts. With this view in mind, a M.Sc. post graduate degree in Animation can be of great value to job seekers.
The current salary trend for various job profiles in the animation industry and its aligned fields are given in the graph below:
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