Designing video games requires several design teams that focus on different elements of the product, including lead, level, content and game mechanic designers. They ensure that every major element and minute detail is conveyed effectively, flows smoothly and appeals to players. Education requirements vary by the employer, but designers are expected to be creative and artistic and to have a solid portfolio showcasing a variety of their best work.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most video game designers have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in computer graphics, animation or a related field. There are numerous majors available at various schools for those interested in designing video games, such as Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences; Electronic Media, Arts & Communication; Visual & Game Programming; Animation & Games; Entertainment Arts and Engineering; Interactive Media Division & Computer Science and Electronic Arts. For example, the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York offers bachelor's degrees in New Media Interactive Development and Game Design & Development. Additionally, the School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California provides bachelor's and master's degree programs in Interactive Entertainment, Animation & Digital Arts.
2016 Salary Information for Multimedia Artists and Animators
Multimedia artists and animators earned a median annual salary of $65,300 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, multimedia artists and animators earned a 25th percentile salary of $49,320, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $90,450, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 73,700 people were employed in the U.S. as multimedia artists and animators.