Animations & Graphics

This field broadly encompasses the creation of visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to creatively communicate ideas to consumers and the designing of aesthetically pleasing, user friendly interfaces and websites according to user experience needs. It also includes the creation of video games and animations for films and television.

Various Disciplines under Animation & Graphics

Web Designer

Professionals who specialize in web design will organize information, create content and design the layout for creating attractive and fully functional websites.

Game Designer

Game designers work as part of a team of artists and programmers to develop the games' concepts, characters, setting, story, and game play.

UI Designer

UI or User Interface designers work on the look and layout of interactive elements in digital media, like tablets, smartphones, and computers to ensure that each page visually communicates to the


Animators make illustrated objects come to life, simulating movement by a rapid progression of image sequences or frames, created by hand or through computer imaging.

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers use typography, images and photography to develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as magazines, brochures, reports and advertisements, either by hand or using computer software.

UX Designer

UX designers or User Experience designers ensure that a web product or interface makes sense to the user. They facilitate design through research and analysis of data, focussing on how users act, think and feel.

Main Entrance Exams

Name of Exam Institutions Languages Application Period Exam Dates Website
Undergraduate - (UG)
MITID -DAT (For BDes) MIT Institute of Design English February 1st week of April
  • Prelims
  • Main
National Institutes of Design (for BDes at NID Ahmedabad,) English October to November
  • 1st week of January
  • 2nd week of May
UCEED IITB, IITG, IITH and IIITDMJ and many other Institutes that share the result. English October to November 3rd week of January
SET Symbiosis Entrance Test Symbiosis Institute of Design English January - April May 1st week
NPAT & DAS School of Design-NMIMS (For BDes- Humanising Technology) English January - April May 2nd week

Postgraduate - (PG)
MITID -DAT (For MDes) MIT Institute of Design English February 1st week of April
NID DAT(for MDes)
  • Prelims
  • Main
National Institutes of Design (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar) English October to November
  • 1st week of January
  • March - April
CEED IISc Bangalore IIT Bombay,Delhi, Guwahati,Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Kanpur, English October to Novembe 3rd week of January

What should I do to get admission to UG level?

Stream to Choose at +2 level

You can take any stream at +2 to take up higher studies in Animation & Graphics. Admission to some institutions may require Mathematics to be taken up as a subject at +2. Taking Computer Science would also be of advantage if you would like to take up fields such as web designing, UI/UX designing or Game designing.

Subjects to focus

Entrance exams for UG admissions are general aptitude tests which include assessment of general awareness. You should focus on grasping important general concepts in all subjects as well as improving your language and verbal comprehension ability. Some initiation into drawing and computer graphics would also be a good way to prepare.

Some skills to acquire

Students of animation and graphics subjects require good drawing skills. Also important are computer skills for taking up graphic design or for programming tasks of a higher level in UI/UX design. Developing a systematic approach and perseverance will help you take up challenging projects.

Minimum marks

There are no minimum marks specified for admission to UG courses in these fields but having a good aggregate percentage may be a highlight in your CV during the personal interview for admission in some institutions.


Name Eligibility Website
NID Financial aid scholarships Scholarships to deserving students of NID whose family income is below a certain level. Details will be made available on successful completion of admission process at the National Institute of Design
Ford Foundation - NID Diploma Scholarship The recipients are deserving students selected By NID to receive sponsorship from the grant provided by the Ford Foundation
Central Sector Scheme Scholarship for College and University Students Available to students who are above the 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from the respective Board of Examination in Class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and pursuing regular courses in recognised colleges/Universities and whose parents’ annual income does not exceed Rs 8 lakhs
MITID Scholarships The MIT Institute of Design grants full or partial scholarships to 5% of the total students each year. The eligibility of the scholarships would depend upon the performance of the student and his/her financial needs. The interview panel will decide whether one is eligible for the scholarship.
MITID education loans This is available to undergraduate students whose parents’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh and who have scored not less than 60% in the qualifying examinations.
Merit cum Means Scholarship This is available to undergraduate students whose parents’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh and who have scored not less than 60% in the qualifying examinations.

How does the future look like for Animations & Graphics?

The projected growth of careers in this field varies by industry. For example, employment of graphic designers in newspaper, periodicals, book, and directory publishers is projected to decline 22 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to BLS. However, the employment of designers in computer interface design and related services is projected to grow 20 percent over the same period. Companies are continuing to increase their digital presence, requiring web designers, UI and UX designers to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites. In an interview with U.S. News, Adam Honoré, research director of the Aite Group illustrates the importance of UX designer job roles in using analytics and research to improve the way data is represented and highlights the strong growth, high job satisfaction and good pay packages in this career.

Employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television. Prospects will be best for designers who keep up with the latest design trends, technologies, and techniques.

Other Career fields

Sales, Marketing & Advertising

Graphic designing , UI/UX designing and web designing can find application in the fields of Advertising and Digital marketing.

Media & Communication

Graphic designers and animators can take up careers in the areas of print media, television and film media.

Computer Application & IT

Web designers work hand in hand with web developers and app developers for creating websites or apps that entice and attract users.

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