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Nowadays students have so many career options to choose from. Game designing and animation are recent career options which are becoming quite popular among the youngsters. Gaming is the in thing. There is a wide range of games across different platforms: from simple match-3 mobile games like Fruit Ninja & Candy Crush to adventure games like Tomb Raider, to action games like Angry Birds. But the one thing common to all of them is animation. It is the job of a game designer and game animator to bring these games to life with his designs & skills.

Games are now no longer restricted to the PlayStation and X-Box. Gaming arcades & mobile phones have opened new vistas for game designers and animators. Each platform has its own demands. Now that games are being created for every possible platform, the gaming industry needs talented & skilled professionals. Gaming industry in India is rapidly growing at a pace of 50% per annum. This is just the right time to explore gaming animation, increase your skills, and broaden your job opportunities.


Gamers can feel when developers are passionate about their games. They can smell it like a dog smells fear. Don't be afraid to hold onto your unique vision: just be aware that it may not turn out exactly how you envisioned.

— Scott Rogers, Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design

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Gaming is an addiction among the youngsters and adults alike. Not only the youngsters but even elders can be seen glued to their smart phones or on gaming consoles playing their favorite games. ‘Pokemon Go’ ’ and ‘Pub G’ were quite in news as they became immensely popular among people of all age groups. Who hasn’t heard of ‘Angry Birds’, ‘Need for Speed’ or ‘Temple Run’? But have you ever wondered what works behind conceptualizing and designing these games?

Game Designing is a recent career trend in India which has become a sought after career opportunity for those interested in animation. Game designers are the architects of the games as they basically visualize the entire concept on which the game is built. Game Designing is the process of creating the content, story line, characters and a detailed set of rules and regulations in an animated environment, which ensures smooth facilitation between players and the server. Games can be designed for entertainment or educational purposes.

A game designer is like a movie director – he comes up with ideas and concepts that will get the audience hooked on, and then he oversees the implementation of these ideas. He is responsible for creating interesting characters of the game, the setting, the story and the script, levels etc. In short, they conceptualize the game and then work with a team of programmers, animators, developers, writers, music producers, and sound engineers etc. to develop the game from an idea to the final product. A long-term career in game designing requires degree or certification from an institute of repute. A Bachelor’s in Game Design can help one step into gaming world with adequate theoretical knowledge about the creation of games along with substantial practical experience. One can also specialize in game designing after learning animation or programming.

Mobile gaming, PlayStation or Xbox games, social media gaming, games for laptop- the demand is huge and there is a dearth of good game designers. Hence Game Designing has become a lucrative opportunity and a highly rewarding career option nowadays. You can find good career opportunities with companies as well as you can do your own freelancing work too.

You have to measure your success by the way your audience responds to your games. No matter how small that audience is, it's yours. Your game is part of the lives and the memories of those people in a way that WordPerfect or Lotus 1-2-3 or Windows can never be.

— Orson Scott Card


Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.

— Norman McLaren


Animation is another sought after career in the recent years. Animation is a unique blend of technology & entertainment and is related with design, drawing, layout and production of multimedia clips. Animators create animation and visual effects for everything- from films to television, from video games to mobile games and other forms of media. Using illustrations and software programs, animators create graphics and develop storyboards. To become an animator, one needs to have good sketching and drawing skills. An aptitude and passion for animation will ensure your success. To pursue a career in animation, a degree or diploma in animation from a reputed institute is a must.

Animation industry continues to grow at a rapid pace and has become multi-billion dollar industry with great employment scope. It offers varied career opportunities within the industry - from technology-based jobs like scanning, compositing & game designing to creative jobs like visual-effect supervisors, 3D modelers, layout artists & character animators.

India has at present over 300 animation studios with nearly 15,000 animation professionals. Majority of them are employed in gaming industry which pays handsome salaries. Films and television industry is another major employer in animation where 2-D and 3-D animators are much in demand. Animators are also in demand in advertising, online & print media and e-learning. Due to this, animation has become a viable career option for youngsters.

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.

— Walt Disney

In a nutshell, both Game Designing and Animation have a great scope not only in Indian markets but also abroad. Animation industry is on the boom. It has a huge scope and there is a growing demand for skilled people in the industry making it a much sought after career option.

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 18, 2019:

Thank you Abitha!

Abitha from Chennai, Tamilnadu on September 18, 2019:

Interesting piece Shaloo, definitely more avenues for creativity, in recent times.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 14, 2019:

Yeah Bill...Good money while doing something creative!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 14, 2019:

Seems to me this would be a fun career. Day after day, going to work, creating fun games....and it probably pays well.....

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 13, 2019:

Thank you Lora! Nowadays students have much better career options available than in our times. Creativity, imagination & skills are now valued.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 13, 2019:

Thank you Jodah! This is certainly a lucrative career option- not just in terms of money but creative satisfaction too.

Lora Hollings on September 13, 2019:

A great article, Shaloo, to read especially for people who may have talents in drawing and designing and are looking for a career change that really pays well! If you also have a good imagination, this could definitely be an asset as well. These fields really employ your creativity so you're not just inputting data or doing the same thing everyday! This is an excellent article that young people who are getting ready to make a decision on their vocation should read as well. There are many people who have degrees today that aren't really benefitting from them. It's the skills that you have that really determine success now and with the right ones you can go far! Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 13, 2019:

The sky is really the limit for Game design and animation as a career, Shaloo. There are just more and more games and new versions of popular old ones be created all the time. Not just in India, but world wide. Even some successful writers in other fields have been tempted by it to write the scripts or storyline’s etc. as it is a very well-paid field. Thanks for sharing this interesting article.

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