2D & 3D animator

2D and 3D animators use advanced software to bring cartoons or special effects to life by adding movements, sounds and backgrounds to images.

Connected to:

  • Designer 2D-3D animation
  • Graphic artist


2D and 3D animators are visual designers who use software to give images life-like movements, gestures, sounds and backgrounds. All these elements are structured to illustrate a story or a script. There are 2D and 3D animators in several industries such as video gaming, advertising, training animations, film and multimedia production.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Model specific parts and shapes as required by the script.
  • Choose different textures, colors and lighting for the animation.
  • Make adjustments and alterations at all stages of the animation’s production.
  • Work with a 3D artist or graphic designer throughout the production.

For People Who

  • Know the techniques of animation and artistic direction.
  • Know 2D and 3D software and other tools used to create animation.
  • Are able to identify production issues and propose solutions.
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of animation technologies.
  • Are detail oriented and patient.
  • Are creative.
  • Have good analytical skills and are open to new ideas.
  • Are well organized and have personal initiative.
  • Are accountable.

Education Pathways

Several combinations of education and experience can lead to a career as a 2D and 3D animator. These include:

• Bachelor's degree in graphic communications, arts or visual arts.
• College diploma in 3D animation, arts, cinema, media technology or a related discipline such as graphic design, multimedia integration or computer graphics.


In general, companies require 2D and 3D animators to have two years experience or less. It is strongly recommended that you have a portfolio of projects and works that show your artistic talent. Companies select candidates based on technical and artistic skills.

Median Salary

$ 54 000
Source: Compensation TECHNOCompétences 2010

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