Animation Minor: Potential Careers | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Animation Minor: Potential Careers

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Background Animator

Creates and animates appropriate environments for characters based on what's happening in the scene.

Character Developer

Makes model sheets, sometimes called "roughs" or thumbnail sketches and models of the figures depicting a range of movement, key poses, expressions, and emotions, based on the designer's concepts.

3D Modeler/Animator

Creates three-dimensional visual effects and animated characters for television, video games, and other electronic media. 

Pixel Artist/Animator

Creates images, often used for video games, with deliberate control over the placement of each individual pixel, typically within a limited color palette. 

Stop-Motion Animator

Uses a technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating an illusion of independent movement.  


Oversees coordination of all animated characters within a project. Ensures each participating individual works together—from those in charge of layouts and storyboards to the voice talent.

Film Editor

Cuts together the sections/scenes of the film, matching the images to the soundtrack.


Hires the team, locates investors, manages expenses, handles distribution, and oversees overall development of the film.

Project Manager

A business position that organizes and oversees an animation project. This includes hiring and supervising a team and ensuring that deadlines and budgets are met.

Inker, Opaquer, Checker

  • Traces the outline of each of the sketches onto an acetate sheet. 
  • Takes the outlined acetate sheets completed by the inker and paints the colors of the characters on the opposite side. 
  • Makes certain all the cells, layers, exposure sheets, bar sheets, and backgrounds are executed, marked, and registered prior to the beginning of filming.

Special-Effects Animator

Creates special/visual effects used in film, television, and entertainment industry that can be challenging to develop or afford through normal means. Enhances previously filmed elements by adding, removing, or improving objects within a scene.

Storyboard Artist

Creates sequential drawings or storyboards that show the scope of the film's action. Breaks down the storyline of a film, video, or animation into specific scenes with attention to scale, camera angles, and type of action involved.


Identifies the subject of the film, defines the characters, and develops the storyline with dialogue.