8 Fascinating Jobs in the Digital Arts
As technology advances, the digital arts becomes an increasingly exciting field, with boundless opportunities for artistic innovation. If you want your answer to “what do you do for a living?” to elicit oooohs and ahhhhs from people, a career in the digital arts is sure to do the trick.
Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)*, ITU’s M.S. in Digital Arts can train you to create dynamic content for our high-tech world — through one of the careers below, or countless others. The possibilities are as broad as your imagination.
1. Animated Filmmaker
Animated film studios like Pixar (think Coco, Toy Story, The Incredibles) run on the talent and ingenuity of animated filmmakers. Animators bring settings and characters to life, making them move in a two– or three-dimensional context on the screen. Imagination and storytelling skills are paramount to animated filmmaking, naturally, but so is having the right technical skills like audio and video editing.
2. Medical Animator
As new treatments and discoveries are introduced in the medical field, it’s important to communicate that information clearly for everyone — patients and health professionals alike — to understand. That’s where medical animators (or illustrators) come in. They create imagery to advance medical science knowledge and increase health literacy. The job requires in-depth medical and scientific knowledge, as well as technical prowess in this highly specialized field of art.
3. Mobile App Designer
In the age of smartphones, it’s no secret that mobile applications are a big part of our everyday lives. App designers create the look and feel of an app’s mobile interface, working closely with product teams to develop intuitive and engaging interactions and visual designs. These designers must deliver an excellent user experience (UX) to ensure the app’s success.
4. Lighting Designer
As their most basic job function, lighting designers control how electric lights will be placed and used in performance venues. Beyond that, they can create effects to evoke the appropriate mood, indicate a time of day, shift emphasis on stage, and much more in a variety of entertainment settings. Lighting design isn’t an on-the-fly task; it requires technical markups, drawing, and computer graphics to chart out and implement plans.
5. Comic Book Artist
To create those adventure-filled, illustrated narratives we all know and love, comic book artists must employ a range of skills — including artistic ability, manual dexterity, creativity, and proficiency in a wide variety of illustration-based software like Photoshop and Made with Mischief. As opportunities in traditional publishing decline, artists must focus more heavily on digital media in order to be competitive in the evolving market.
6. Visual Effects Editor
The visual effects editor — or VFX editor, to those in the know — oversees all visual effects in a film. At the very start of a production, that includes reading the script and compiling a list of what special effects will be needed to bring the story to life. As production goes on, these editors need to be on the look-out for any mishaps. The role requires excellent communication skills, expertise in certain computer programs, close attention to detail, and of course, the creativity and know-how to bring imaginative ideas to life.
7. Environment Modeler
Video game players are well familiar with the detailed settings they encounter in the game world — details that only become more realistic as technology advances. The environment artist is responsible for these visuals that players encounter onscreen. To create a fantasy world that is nearly as realistic as the real world, artists employ a range of skills, including fine art, graphic design, architecture and interior design.
Working primarily during post-production of a film, compositors combine multiple images into one image. An example of this is when actors perform in front a green screen, a compositor will be responsible for replacing the plain background with whatever needs to be there — an erupting volcano or faraway beach, perhaps.
Ready to take the next step toward a career in the digital arts? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the opportunities that await you in ITU.