Animation. That thing that somehow elicits very human emotional reactions from very inhuman objects (c’mon, don’t act like you didn’t cry during Toy Story 3 or A Bugs Life.) We’ve accomplished some amazing things as a race – we got to the moon, we made a wall visible from space, and we worked out a way to fly ourselves around this planet like birds. But perhaps one of our greatest achievements is the ability to create moving images out of thin air which can provide the same experience as capturing a person on film to a viewer.

Animation is one of those skills that is so specific to a modern world. Like social media management, digital marketing or app design, it’s the kind of career that simply didn’t exist in the way it does now 50 years ago. It’s also an industry which is constantly growing due to sweeping technological advancements and constant revolution. Any field involving the implementation of technology is unique in that it is ever-growing and ever-expanding. If you want to be an animator, you need to constantly up-skill, and to begin with you need to have an industry-specific and highly regarded education in the field. In Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, look no further than JMC Academy to get exactly that.

As JMC note on their website, bringing a character to life involves a whole lot more than just technical proficiency. The academy’s 3D Animation course offers students the tools of knowledge, skill and deep critical, creative thinking that is necessary in the sprawling, constantly evolving field. The program run by JMC has been developed in association with major studio artists from industry leading companies like Pixar and Animal Logic.

According to JMC, the course is “underpinned by principles in technology, science and artistic practice” and will help students “learn all about new tools and industry trends to ensure they are up to speed on all of the latest developments demanded by the industry.” 

There are endless employment opportunities in the field once you have the necessary skills, and graduates could go on to be 3D or 2D animators, producers, directors, illustrators, visual effects artists, motion designers or a number of other things. Developing skills in an industry that is as in demand as animation leads to a hugely diverse range of career paths available to graduates, and if you’re a young creative trying to work out what to do with yourself, it may just be the avenue for you.