Take your artistic abilities into the digital world. Photo / Pixabay

Who’s suited to be a digital artist?   

This job is suited for people with a high level of creativity and passion for art and design, who also want to work in a fast-paced environment.

Average pay

$35k–$146k for digital artists who work as freelance workers.

$33k–$100k for digital artists in full-time employment.

To get a job as a digital artist you are expected to have at least one of the following:

  • experience in a specific type of animation
  • experience with a specific animation software
  • a relevant tertiary qualification such as a Bachelor of Creative Media Production or a Diploma in Animation

What education is required?

There are no specific secondary education requirements but you need to have a tertiary entrance qualification if you want to enter tertiary training. Relevant subjects for this career path are computing, graphics, visual arts, biology and technology.

Other things you need to know:

To work as a digital artist you need to have an artistic talent and be creative, with an eye for detail.

Photo / Pixabay

In this industry you have to be able to promote your skills, so you should build a portfolio of your work and have good networking skills.

You might work on several projects at once so you should be flexible enough to switch between those and be organised to meet the deadlines.

Your work hours can be irregular and you might have to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. As a digital artist you often work on contracts ranging from two weeks to two years. You will frequently move from location to location to work on different projects.

Where could I work?

As a digital artist you could work for film or television studios, digital effects companies, web and mobile game design companies or publishing companies. You can also work as a freelancer.

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