LaraMari16
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So I want to do a degree in animation and as much as I love the idea of animating and designing characters for movies and shows, I would love to design characters and animate for video games. If i get a degree for animation is it possible for me to go into a video game field? If I wanted to specify character design and character animation would I still do an animation degree or is there another I would need to consider?

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I think you'll find that most 3D Animation or Games Art type degrees will have elements of character design (concept art) in them. It's a really tough part of the industry to get into though (concept art that is). Most game developers have a handful of concept artists (you'll need to be able to design environments and props as well, character design is the job that goes to staff with experience) for hundreds of 3D artists (modellers, animators etc). For the concept side of things you will need incredible drawing skills and incredible design talent. It is astonishingly hard to get a job in concept art straight out of university because it is too risky to a company to let a gradaute design concepts. The concept artist will often sit with the client and discuss design ideas... you never let a junior artist do that if you are working on a game with a £20million budget because the junior might say something that upsets the client, and then the whole company is in trouble... In the 15 years I've been teaching at Hertfordshire I've known five students get hired straight from our degrees to be concept artists. I would expect around 10 students a year to get hired as animators though.

Getting a job as an animator is much more possible - there are lots of animation positions available. I would recommend looking for a degree that teaches both areas; animation and concept art, but be aware that the 3D Animation parts of those degrees will be more likely to get you hired than the design side. You don't have to study a video game degree to become an animator in video games; the principles of animation are the same in whatever software you use; however if you have to get into the technical side of character animation (rigging) then it can be useful to have some understanding of the differences between real time rigs and the rigs that get used in the film industry. Good luck.
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Hi LaraMari16

Sorry it's taken us a while to spot this thread.

At Staffs, we offer most of the degrees you're talking about - Concept Art for Games and Film, Games Art, Games Design and also Animation - and on our Animation degree, you can choose to specialise in Computer Games Animation - so this might be an option if you are keen to get into computer games animation specifically.

On the Animation degree, there's lots of flexibility in modules so you can choose your specialism, ie 3D design - and we also have a huge MoCap studio which is a great facility that students across our animation and games courses can use. For our Games Art, Animation and Concept Art courses, you need 112 UCAS points, whereas you need 120 UCAS points for our Games Design courses.

Although these courses are all around a similar area, they are quite different so it's worth having a read through the course pages on our website to try and see which is right for you.

If you'd like to know more about any of these degrees, including job prospects and possible career options, let me know and I can provide you with the course lecturer details so you can get in touch.

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