FAQ


Do animators get paid well?

Compared to most careers that do not require a college degree, Animators, Storyboard Artists and Character Designers working at major studios make more than most careers. On average they are making well over $100,000 a year.

What makes a trade school better or worse than a college?

Many are saying that trade schools are a much smarter investment than a college degree. Learn more.

Why is a trade school better than college?

Trade schools eliminate unnecessary classes and only teach the skills you need to get the job you want. Secondly they cost much less than colleges today. Many times they cost less than half! Today more people are aware of the cost of carrying student debt for their entire adult lives than ever before. Read this article to see all of the pros and cons.

What do animators make?

The answer is based on what state you work in and your experience level. Animators, storyboard artists, previsualization artists and characters and designers make between 50k and 200k a year. Most of the industry is in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York but Austin Texas has become a hub for a lot of game companies over the last two decades. Many nee studios have blossomed around the country in the last several years due to the explosion of gaming and streaming television content. Here is a link to the Animation Guild’s wage survey page. Just download the contract and see the current wage minimums and on the right side of the page download the wage survey to see the high low and median wages for each job class. Learn more.

Currently an animator working on a film makes between 2000 to 3000 a week and story artists minimum is about $2500 in television which equals about 50% of union artists.

What is the best animation college?

Cal Arts in Valencia California is rated the number 1 college for animation. Learn more.

Do you need a degree to get a job in animation?

No you do not need a degree. The industry hires based on portfolio’s only. For less experienced artists tests are given out to see if they are competent in the style they are doing. That is why Hollywood Animation Academy helps students build their portfolios to cover as many styles as possible to increase your chances of getting hired.

How much do animators make?

Animators salaries widely differ depending on what part of the company you are in and whether it is a union organized company. Here is a link to the 2018 Wage survey by the Animation guild which gives great detail of what animators are currently making in Hollywood. Learn more.

Previsualization artists often make more weekly but are asked to work a 50 hour work week most of the time.

How hard is it to get a job in Animation?

Animation is a highly competitive career field. Not everyone has the patience or ability to become animation artist. If it were easy everyone would do it.

What other career makes over 100k without a career with great benefits?

But it is not all fun and games. A successful animation artist will be well rounded in acting, storytelling, design and observation. They embrace the artistry of movement and expression and enjoy the refinement of nurturing every frame.

Is animation hard to learn?

Animation is a very specific and tedious craft requiring a high level of craftsmanship and knowledge to be at a professional level. It is not something most can learn on their own.

Can anyone learn animation?

If you have the personality and desire to stick to it almost anyone can learn to animate. The nuances of acting, creativity and storytelling make one a great animator vs. An average player. But attitude and ability to work well with others is equally valuable in a profession largely determined by who you know. If you do not have life long drawing skills you would be better suited to learn 3D animation.