Ambitions for an Animated Lifestyle

What is animation?

“Many believe it’s just cartoons but actually, this is a medium in which different objects or images are manipulated to appear as moving images. These images are traditionally drawn by hand or digitally with thanks to modern technology”. This according to Mahendra Naidoo, animation lecturer at Boston Media House in Sandton.

What is graphic design?

Flip Hattingh academic manager for graphic design explains; “Also known as visual communication, graphic design involves planning and projecting different and creative ideas using visual and textual content.” Hattingh continues that, “As a graphic designer or an animator you should be a person that works well with others making sure that you think out of the box. Ideas that are out of the ordinary work best in graphic design. You need to be focused because what is learned in graphic design can be confusing.” According to Hattingh, these two fields both manifest as a way of expression, of telling a story as a way of getting a message across.

So what is the difference between animation and graphic design?
Naidoo says that one might assume that Animation and Graphic Design are based mainly on 2D aspects, think ‘flat’ drawing and a lot of advertising. “Actually animation is based on 2D and 3D aspects – these allow the window to open further and the opportunities for creativity to grow, becoming vast and never-ending”.

Naidoo explains that there are many different types of animation studios in South Africa. “The majority of them work in very similar aspects of the field, however, some specialiwe in certain aspects of animation.

Hattingh discusses the work opportunities, which can be for full-time employment either in studios or advertising agencies for graduates in this field.  “You can also freelance as a graphic designer and animator depending on which company you work for and the type of contract that you have signed. And of course, graphic and design form a huge part of the gaming industry, opening up even more employment opportunities” he says.

Tips from Hattingh and Naidoo on what it takes to make it as a good graphic designer and animator

  • Work well under pressure
  • Meet deadlines so that you don’t delay any other production happening around you
  • You need excellent communication skills in order to effectively communicate ideas and feedback with clients
  • Work as part of a greater team
  • You’ll need to possess creativity and artistic talent
  • Be able to think out of the box! Approach each challenge with new thinking

Boston Media House offers three-year and four-year qualifications both of which provide the option of specialising in animation and graphic design.

“Career options are global due to the fact that your institution is internationally accredited,” says Naidoo. “Animation and graphics are globally in-demand skills – animation studios look for animators all the time. Entertainment and corporate companies need graphic designers as these are still growing industries even though they have been around for a long time”.

As a graphic designer or an animator, you’re open to a whole new world every day. You get to work hand in hand with other industries and fields within the media industry. There are various paths open to you like public relations where you would work with designing a company’s corporate identity illustration. You could work in newsrooms, marketing agencies, and in film and television industries.

Jarid Naidoo (2nd Year Animation student at Boston Media House)

“Our lecturers are preparing us for the world out there and still are. Our two lectures Mahendra Naidoo and Amy Williams have been such an inspiration and offer assistance to us as students when undergoing this course”, says Jarid, a current animation student.

“Boston Media House does its best to prepare you for the industry as best as they can. But you can never be prepared enough! Especially on the business side of animation or going on your own, but the knowledge we are given does prepare us for the industry” says Makungu, an animation graduate from Boston Media House.

Looking for a New Career? Here Are The 3 Most Promising Careers of 2020

The fastest-growing careers to watch in 2020

Natalie Rabson on Behalf of Boston City Campus.

We seem to be surrounded by a heavy situation and confusing times for all South African’s. We need to remain positive and upbeat –and we have some practical ways for you.  What are the downsides of what we are experiencing? Chaos, panic and stockpiling, loss of work and loss of studies. So how do we turn this around? Consider what will be in use 24 hours a day, despite ports being closed, ban on travel and closed schools. The internet! Tech! This is where we will not only spend our time, but we can create our futures. The temptation will be to spend all the time on Netflix, but imagine if you set some aside to gain new skills? Our present and our future are all about what happens on our laptops – so make yourself valuable and learn or upgrade your career.

Due to the flexible nature of online learning, Boston has always used technology to maximize benefits to learners. These include greater knowledge retention as well as learning in your own time and your own space, and lastly of course, at your own pace. Now is the best time to take advantage of this with new 4th IR careers such as cybersecurity, data science, and project management.

Computer and mathematical occupations are growing at a rate of approximately 22% and they have one of the highest average salaries.

Thanks to expanding mobile networks, and a growing energy sector, IT professionals have an extremely favorable outlook. As big data increasingly drives commerce, the skills needed to control our vast networks of information are more valuable than ever. The demand for data scientists continues to grow.

Data Science has emerged as one of the most popular fields of the 21st Century. Companies employ Data Scientists to help them gain insights about the market and to better their products. Data Scientists work as decision-makers and are largely responsible for analysing and handling a large amount of unstructured and structured data. In order to do so, he requires various tools and programming languages for Data Science to mend the day in the way he wants.

Cybersecurity secures your future as you need to always be one step ahead of where the next breach will be. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.

Graphic designers’ job functions often require greater insights into the information that is presented in order to reproduce it in a visual way that the client and audience will understand. They look to improve the way information is represented, whether it be company projections or marketing a cooldrink..

Project Management as defined by the Association of Project Management as “the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters. Project management has final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.  Both Project and product managers work across disciplines, taking the output of team members and integrating it into the bigger picture. One of the most notable characteristics of opportunities for project managers is their truly global nature.

If one of these fields speaks to you, there’s plenty of time to get prepped and make the switch, and use the time you have now to develop so that when we emerge from this recession you will be in the top position to offer employers up to date skills or to open your own consultancy because you will be in such high demand!  It’s never too early to get started enjoying the sense of well-being derived from promising and fulfilling work. Prepare to thrive!

Visit www.boston.co.za, or call 011 551 2000.

The fastest growing careers to watch in 2020

Natalie Rabson on Behalf of Boston City Campus.

We seem to be surrounded by a heavy situation and confusing times for all South African’s. We need to remain positive and upbeat –and we have some practical ways for you.  What are the downsides of what we are experiencing? Chaos, panic and stockpiling, loss of work and loss of studies. So how do we turn this around? Consider what will be in use 24 hours a day, despite ports being closed, ban on travel and closed schools. The internet! Tech! This is where we will not only spend our time, but we can create our futures. The temptation will be to spend all the time on Netflix, but imagine if you set some aside to gain new skills? Our present and our future is all about what happens on our laptops – so make yourself valuable and learn or upgrade your career.

Due to the flexible nature of online learning, Boston has always used technology to maximize benefits to learners. These include greater knowledge retention as well as learning in your own time and your own space, and lastly of course, at your own pace. Now is the best time to take advantage of this with new 4th IR careers such as cyber-security, data science and project management.

Computer and mathematical occupations are growing at a rate of approximately 22% and they have one of the highest average salaries.

Thanks to expanding mobile networks, and a growing energy sector, IT professionals have an extremely favorable outlook. As big data increasingly drives commerce, the skills needed to control our vast networks of information are more valuable than ever. The demand for data scientists continues to grow.

Data Science has emerged as one of the most popular fields of the 21st Century. Companies employ Data Scientists to help them gain insights about the market and to better their products. Data Scientists work as decision makers and are largely responsible for analysing and handling a large amount of unstructured and structured data. In order to do so, they require various tools and programming languages for Data Science to mend the day in the way they want.

Cyber security secures your future as you need to always be one step ahead of where the next breach will be. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyber-attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.

Graphic designers’ job functions often require greater insights into the information that is presented in order to reproduce it in a visual way that the client and audience will understand. They look to improve the way information is represented, whether it be company projections or marketing a coldrink.

Project Management as defined by the Association of Project Management as “the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters. Project management has final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.  Both Project and product managers work across disciplines, taking the output of team members and integrating it into the bigger picture. One of the most notable characteristics of opportunities for project managers is their truly global nature.

If one of these fields speaks to you, there’s plenty of time to get prepped and make the switch, and use the time you have now to develop so that when we emerge from this recession you will be in the top position to offer employers up to date skills, or to open your own consultancy because you will be in such high demand!  It’s never too early to get started enjoying the sense of well-being derived from promising and fulfilling work. Prepare to thrive!

Visit www.boston.co.za, or call 011 551 2000.