We are all familiar with the famous Disney Cartoons. We loved these characters and lived our childhood with them. So immense was the love that we do wish to visit Disneyland atleast once in our lifetime to see these characters popping in to real life. But how could this be done? How were such characters created? Well, the answer to this is one word - Animation.
“Animation is a dynamic medium in which images or objects are manipulated to appear as moving images.” This is how Wikipedia defines Animation. In simpler terms, it is the process which our favorite Tom and Jerry underwent to come to life on our T.V./Laptop/Phone screens. Animation has evolved from something as basic as shadow play caused by manipulation of hands forming moving images, to 2D/3D detailed computerized illusions. Apart from the generic cartoon/T.V. shows, animation is also extensively being used for video games, motion graphics and special effects in movies etc.
There are many courses under Animation - Film Making, VFX modeling and texturing, Compositing, Graphic designing and Multimedia.
What is VFX Course?
Full form of VFX is Visual Effects. VFX modeling and texturing is the process by which an artist defines the surface qualities of a 3D model on software, making the animation look lifelike. A texture artist is just one part of the entire VFX team, whose duties as a whole include applying the textures of objects either by scanning photographs or customizing them to maintain a high level of photorealism to avoid boring or repetitive contributions to the video game, film, television show etc.
What is Compositing Course?
Compositing is the art of combining two or more pictures to obtain a picture that resembles real life as much as possible. But it is done at the pixel level. You can combine 2 pixels in infinite ways. The most popular compositing task is Chroma keying, where you can selectively isolate a part of the image you want to work on, and edit it. The challenge in compositing is to make the combination work, to make the end result look real.
What is Multimedia Course?
Multimedia is a field where graphics, animations and texts are integrated in a controlled manner. It involves the combination of texts, video, pictures, graphics or animation to deliver a message. Some programs offered under multimedia are: Interactive Media, Website Fundamentals, Electronic Imaging, Graphic Design course, Web designing course, etc.
Types of Animation Courses
Courses available include:
- Certificate courses-Certificate courses are not as detailed as the Diploma or Bachelor courses, and also last for a lesser duration of maybe 3-6 months.
- Diploma courses-Diploma courses last for around a year
- Bachelor’s Degree courses-Bachelor courses take up to 3 years
Popular animation courses:
- B.A. in Animation and Multimedia
- B.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Graphics and Web
- B.Sc. in Animation and VFX
- B.Sc. in Animation and Gaming
- Diploma in 2D Animation
- Diploma in 3D Animation
- Diploma in CG Animation
- Diploma in VFX
- Certificate in VFX
- Certificate in 2D Animation
- Certificate in 3D Animation
- Certificate in CG Arts
The eligibility for most of these courses is 10+2 pass with a minimum of 50% generally, which may vary with the Institute. Some Institutes may also accept students after 10th class for the Diploma courses.
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