As a kid, did “Tom and Jerry “or “Super Mario” fascinate and inspire you to build your own game or add effects to your favorite superhero movie, so that the rest of the world, could look at you in awe? Well, then this article is for you. Sit back and read through, as we take you through the list of courses that will help bring to life, castles, ogres, princes, flying dragons and anything you fantasize. Your imagination, when coupled with the sense of creativity renders even the sky limitless in the animation industry.
We have discussed below, a list of Top 10 Animation Courses in Chennai, that will help bring your animation dream to life. The below courses are ranked based on the institutes offering courses, job prospects for the course, actual feedback, affordability of the course and demand for the skill in today’s market. While you could choose to get a degree or diploma or certification in animation after your schooling, there is also an option to become a graduate of visual communication or fine arts before you go on to pursue a specialization of your choice. The listed below are an assortment of all the options available to give you a panoramic view of the industry.
- B.Sc. (Viscom), B.Voc. (3D Animation) – Loyola College, Nungambakkam
One of the most sought after colleges to get an undergraduate degree in Visual Communication is Loyola College. The college started in 1925, has some of the best infrastructures and faculty, to its credit. The various clubs and club based activities form an integral part of the education. The college provides multiple avenues to students for the direction of short films, advertisements, documentaries, etc. They also help students acquire paid internships and suitable job openings. The average fee for the course is one lakh Rupees. The students can enhance their knowledge by pursuing certifications or diplomas in animation or visual effects or game design in any of the institutes depending on their personal interest, to achieve the best in their career.
- VFX & Animation – Arena, T-Nagar
This institute has multiple branches, all over India. You have the feasibility of choosing any one, as per your choice. The Visual Effects and Animation clubbed course, is covered over a period of 1.5 years. The average cost is around 1.75 Lakh Rupees, for the entire course. The institute boasts of four of its students, who are currently part of MPC(Motion Picture Company), which won the Oscar award for Visual Effects recently for the movie(The Jungle Book). The institute provides an option of paying the fee on an installment basis, in which you can make a down payment and the remaining fee is paid in EMI. They also suggest that a student can do this course while pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in either Visual Communication or Fine Arts, which would enable the student to become Industry Ready.
- B.Sc. in Animation and Visual Effects, B.SC. in Game design and Development – GIGA (Global Institute of Gaming & Animation)
GIGA is the only institute from Chennai, to be listed in the Top 10 Animation Colleges in India, for the year 2016, in the India Education Website. GIGA offers Under Graduate & Post Graduate degree programs affiliated with Bharathiar University. The graduation training is composed of the basics of pencil drawing, 2d, 3d animation, photoshop and visual and gaming design in detail. The batch size is said to be less than 20 students per class, as opposed to 35 in other institutes while offering 25 percent importance to theory and the rest 75 percent to practical sessions. They promise 100 percent placement assurance while stating that as the industry demand is very high, a job is assured. The starting salary is around ten to fifteen thousand Rupees per month, but they also project that there will be a huge raise in salary to approximately 5 LPA, in a duration of 3 years.
- B.Sc. (Viscom) – AAT Media College, T-Nagar
AAT college offers a wide variety of courses and programs in film development, audio and music production. Their website is a composition of music and reviews and testimonials of famous people who have achieved their milestones in life such as A.R. Rahman, G.V. Prakash, etc. Various sound engineers, filmmakers vouch for this institute. All their campuses are well equipped with studios, editing suites and shoot floors. The Bachelor’s degree in Viscom is provided in affiliation with Bharathiyar University. Students are taught graphic designing, web designing and basics of animation during the course.
- 3d Animation(Maya) – Arena, T-Nagar
Arena assures that all courses offered are career oriented. The 2d and 3d animation courses are a short term course, spanning around 7 to 9 months. They can be pursued immediately after 12th standard or as a part-time course during graduation. Arena provides 100 percent placement assurance with a starting salary of Rupees ten to twelve thousand. The fee for the short term course starts from ten thousand and goes on up to one Lakh.
- M.Sc Multi Media – Sathyabama University, Jeppiar Nagar
Sathyabama University houses one of the best campuses, in the country. The Master’s degree in Multi-Media, offered by them is considered to be the best, in Chennai. The infrastructure at this college is far better that most other institutes compared. The college provides hostel facility, as well. Good guidance for placement and assistance for placement is given.
- M.Sc Animation – Vel’s University
This university houses multiple cultures. People from different countries come to be a part of this university. For anyone pursuing animation, as a profession can pursue their Master’s in animation after their Bachelor’s in Fine Arts or Viscom or Animation. The university houses decent facilities and infrastructure. However, there are reviews from international students saying about groups formation among students based on their culture and this preventing them from being a single student community.
- Animation Program – Reliance Education, Anna Nagar
Reliance offers three Bachelor’s degrees in affiliation with Bharathiyar University. Students having time constraints can pursue Career programs. 3d animation, image editing & 2d animation, animating images and advance 3d are some of the short-term courses offered by them. Of the above all, they hold the animation and visual effects program to their credit. Placement assistance is part of the program, yet placement assurance is not guaranteed.
- Game Design/Development – ICAT, Mylapore
Of all courses offered by ICAT, game design & development courses stand far ahead. Most students who have done a gaming course from this institute, have been placed into good companies. ICAT faces mixed reviews from its students, esp. for its graduation courses infrastructure and faculty. For those who are interested in designing may also look at these Fashion Designing Courses
- DAFM course – ZICA(Zee Institute of Creative Art), T Nagar
ZICA has one of its best institutes in Mumbai. However, their reputation seems to hold good in Chennai, as well. ZICA offers one of the best 2d classical animation training, as a part of this course, which will ensure you a job, in this industry. The scope is quite high for this course as there is currently a huge demand for 2d- animators in the industry. Their official website has a page for success stories, where a handful of students working in different parts of the world, are listed. However, there are mixed reviews from their students.
In a city like Chennai, where students choose engineering, medicine or accountancy as a preferred choice for their graduation, there are still many more unexplored opportunities out there. Apart from paying, animation based jobs give an interesting twist to life, that you could look forward to every day. The animation industry is one of those industries, that for sure breaks the boredom of an IT life and lets you brings your imagination, with you to work. Try exploring and experimenting in life, however, be cautious about the institute and the course you join in, to ensure long- term happiness.
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