Digital Media Careers

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What does a digital media artist do?

Digital media specialists enjoy good salaries and creative, fast-paced work environments. Because digital media includes so many different areas of training, graduates of these programs can look at many career paths; 2D animation, 3D animation, imaging, video and motion graphics. Students choosing digital media should approach their job search in terms of roles and skills, rather than job titles, as new job titles in this field are emerging every year. The digital artist and designer must plan to be in a continual state of learning new techniques, software and technical equipment. Digital media recruiters are seeking intangible skills, such as keen sense of story, communication, teamwork and creativity. In short, they want to be wowed.

What are some typical occupations for digital artists and designers?

3D Entertainment Arts (game, animation, film app)

  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Matte Painter
  • Modeler(character, environment)
  • Lighting, surfacing, effects
  • Layout (setting up scenes)
  • Character Animator
  • Editor
  • Director
  • Interface Graphic Designer
  • Sound Designer

2D Entertainment Arts (game, animation film app)

  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Character/Prop Designer
  • Background Designer
  • Layout (setting up scenes)
  • Interface Graphic Designer
  • Color/Effects Artist
  • Character Animator
  • Editor
  • Director
  • Sound Designer

Imaging (editorial, retail, comic, Info-Graphics)

  • Digital Painting Style Illustrator
  • Digital Graphic Style Illustrator
  • Art Director
  • 3d Modeler
  • Interface Graphic Designer
  • Character Animator
  • Motion Graphics Animator

Video and Motion Graphics (tv, web, film, corporate)

  • Storyboard Artist
  • 3d Modeler/Animator
  • Videographer
  • Motion Graphics Animator
  • Effects Artist
  • Director
  • Sound Designer

Interactive Media (web, mobile)

  • Info-Graphics Illustrator
  • Iconographic Illustrator
  • User Experience Designer
  • Interface Graphic Designer
  • Interface (front end) Programmer
  • User Experience Tester
  • Director
  • 3d Modeler/Animator
  • Motion Graphics Animator
  • Sound Designer

Additional Information regarding the Digital Media profession can be found here:

Occupational Employment and Wage Information can be found here: from US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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