What do virtual reality, forensic investigation, 3D modeling, and television commercials have in common? They rely on the skills of animation artists. Animators work in a variety of diverse careers, impacting everything from video games to medical technology. Many industries need trained animators in order to make their products and services come to life. And for students who want to work in the entertainment industry, Pixar president Jim Morris said, “There is an absolute explosion in animation now.”
Putting a Plan into Action
How can students break into this inspiring field? Many industry professionals say they didn’t wait for college or on-the-job training, but started taking courses to help them build animation skills and better understand the occupation.
Online Upper School students at Laurel Springs can pursue a passion for animation by adding courses like these to their transcripts:
- Explorations in Media Arts
- 3D Modeling
- Theater, Cinema, and Film Production
- Game Design
- Photo Manipulation
- Studio Arts
In fact, the Visual Arts curriculum pathway at Laurel Springs helps Upper School students learn more about the possibilities of artistic careers.
The Future of a Visual Arts Career
“It’s an exciting time for animation worldwide,” said Mike Moon of Netflix. Work opportunities run the gamut, from designing Google Doodle animations to illustrating traditional cartoon movies and television shows for networks like Nickelodeon. The growing market requires professionals to have sharp technical skills, but more than that, an aptitude for lifelong learning. “When it comes to technology, so much changes so quickly,” said Maija Burnett, the director of CalArts’ Character Animation Program.
Laurel Springs offers a solid foundation in many topics required for a successful career in animation, and students in our Visual Arts pathway can demonstrate to college admissions officers and prospective employers that they are prepared to take on the challenges of this enthralling career.
Wondering how your child can explore their passions at Laurel Springs? Delve into the details of our tailored curriculum pathways and learn how our online high school students make meaningful progress toward fulfilling employment in high-profile industries. Contact your Laurel Springs representative or our admissions team to learn more. We can’t wait to share how our unique approach prepares students for authentic success in college and career.