Multimedia Specialists

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    Multimedia specialists design and create information technology based multimedia products such as websites, DVDs, and computer games that combine text with sounds, pictures, graphics, video-clips, virtual reality and digital animation.

     

    Employers of multimedia specialists

    • Software/multimedia houses
    • Government
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Advertising agencies
    • Local authorities
    • Engineering firms
    • IT consultancies
    • Insurance brokers
    • Manufacturers
    • Publishers
    • Educational organizations

     

    Duties

    • meet with clients to establish their expectations and needs
    • advise clients on what is technically possible and produce a proposal including, for example, the range and scope of the work and realistic timescales and costs
    • work with drawings, sketches, models or written instructions to design the product
    • create design ideas using computer-based design packages such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash Player and 3D Flash Animator, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid audio production software
    • collaborate with other specialists, including writers, animators, artists, film-makers and video producers, programmers and sound engineers, and incorporate their work into the final product
    • author the files into a single program using HTML or by a software programmer using ‘object oriented’ programming languages such as Java or C++
    • test and adjust final programs
    • produce finished design work and present final designs to clients
    • liaise with account managers and technical staff on behalf of the client and, where necessary, ensure clearance and copyright
    • observe company policy in terms of producing and archiving product documentation, as well as any reports and recommendations
    • gain final sign-off from the client
    • agree on the upgrading of the product or website with the client
    • provide guidance to less-experienced designers
    • supervise other members of the design team.

     

    Qualifications

    Although you don’t technically need a degree for entry into this profession, it is unusual for applicants to be successful without one. Relevant subjects include:

    • business information systems
    • computing and computer science
    • film-making and digital photography
    • fine art/visual art
    • graphic and media design
    • multimedia/interactive technology/design/animation
    • software development/engineering
    • web development
    • 3D design/visual art.

     

    Skills

    • Confidence
    • A good eye for design, layout and detail
    • Imagination and creativity
    • Patience
    • Time management skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Communication skills

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