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Advanced Animation Course Overview

From Spiderman swinging from building to building to the Navii in Avatar, and Rocket, the smart-mouthed grouchy mutant raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, many of today’s films and games would not be nearly as sensational as they are without teams of knowledgeable animators bringing these characters to life.

Expert animators can take a CG character or creature and use techniques such as body mechanics, physics, and character acting to create a believable, relatable scene and in just 10 months, you’ll have a handle on these approaches and more. Throughout our online 3D animation course, you will learn advanced techniques for character acting and creature animation and use it to create finished pieces of work for your professional animation demo reel.

CG Spectrum’s mentors have worked on blockbuster films and AAA video games and are ready to share their years of professional experience with you. You’ll meet online weekly with your mentor as they work within your animation project files giving you in-depth feedback, keeping the experience personalized and ensuring that they are adjusting the animation course topics to optimize your potential.

Our goal is to ensure that you learn what it takes to work within a studio production pipeline and succeed as an animator and teach you the skills needed to tackle the everyday challenges a professional’s face.

Enroll in our advance animation course today and become a part of the next generation of elite animators from our animation school.

Next Intake

September 2nd, 2019


10 Months

Course Delivery


Course Load

20 hrs/ week


Intermediate - Advanced


Introduction to 3D Animation or a portfolio submission demonstrating equivalent learning outcomes

A computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

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Study Period 01

Acting for Animation

Understanding how characters think and react emotionally to their surroundings is one of the most important skills of becoming a successful character animator. In this study period, students will dive into the psychology of a character and learn what makes them tick.

Students will start out by adding character and emotion to a character walk and create a backstory that drives the mood of the character exploring several variations of emotion to build unique animations showing different states of mind.

Next, you will begin to develop your skills in pantomime acting, using only the body without the use of dialogue to convey emotions. Subtly and subtext plays a vital role in animating more believable and relatable scenes without going over the top and drawing your audience into a character’s performance.

Once you have a solid grasp on how a character emotes through body language you’ll begin animating a character dialogue piece complete with lip sync, facial and body expression. Students will finish the study period with 3 solid pieces of animation for their portfolio.

Study Period 02

Advanced Acting for Animation

This study period focuses solely on planning, building and executing a 2-person dialogue acting shot by getting you to animate two characters interacting with each other.

You’ll analyze and dissect a piece of dialogue to understand the context behind your shot and begin planning your scene by shooting your own reference video to help guide your animation performance.

Once you’ve developed a plan for your shot you’ll begin setting up your scene and learn professional workflows to keep it organized. You’ll learn all about shot composition and cinematography by using cameras and character staging to develop an appealing visual aesthetic to keep your audience captivated.

Students will dive into animating their acting scene by using layering techniques to thoughtfully build their shot and hit important acting beats with key poses and believable body mechanics. By adding finer details to the limbs, fingers and face your animation will start to come alive as your characters begin to interact more convincingly with each other. The final stage of the process will have you refining your animation to a polished level then lighting and rendering your shot for your portfolio.

Study Period 03

Creature Animation & Portfolio

In order to stand out as an animator, it’s important to diversify your animation skill set. By adding creature animation to your arsenal you’ll be a more well-rounded artist and adaptable in a studio pipeline.

The art of creature animation is a complex and challenging topic to master. In Study Period 03 students will focus mainly on the mechanics of creature animation to provide a solid foundation of animal locomotion. You’ll learn a broad range of techniques to master the most animals most commonly used in studio production.

From quadruped walks, runs and jumps to animating winged creatures you’ll have a solid understanding of creature animation and more diverse animation skillset upon completion of this study period.

To wrap things up you’ll develop a portfolio of all your best work. You may want to revisit and polish some pieces you’ve already completed or start something from scratch. Whatever you decide you’ll finish the animation course with a comprehensive portfolio that you can use in your journey to become an animator for feature film and video games.

Advanced Animation Course

What you get

  • Access to world-class mentors
  • Live weekly classes
  • Weekly recorded critiques
  • Custom built curriculum
  • Original video content
  • Maya student software license
  • Long Winter rig membership
  • Access to our online learning portal

Meet Your Amazing Mentors

Mark Pullyblank

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for Avatar

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Delano Athias

Mentor of Rigging

Known for Ready Player One

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Nick Fredin

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for Rango

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Simon Warwick

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for Batman: Arkham City

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Richard Schilling

The amount of one-on-one is second to none. My time with CG Spectrum has been invaluable. Having never done animation classes online, I didn’t expect to receive the level of personalized learning and quality teaching that I've experienced. The techniques that I've learned have not only improved my animation skills by leaps and bounds, but they've also taught me to be a better storyteller through animation.

Ned Curwood-Hyde

I can’t praise CG Spectrum enough for the quality of teaching and dedication to their students. Mark was by far the best mentor I’ve ever had, he really took the time to help design the course around what it is that I wanted to get out of it. I’ve studied other animation courses in the past, but none even come close to the depth and speed of development as CG Spectrum. I’d take the course again if I could!

Kyle Dahl

Getting access to industry mentors is huge. There's a world of information out there on the internet, but nothing really compared to talking to someone in the know. When I first committed to specializing in animation, I approached it with tenacity. I sought out information wherever I could find it. CG Spectrum was one of those places. I really liked the 1 on-1 format. It was the first time I had an experienced animator open my scene file. It was what I needed to get over a couple of technical hurdles.

Phil Minter

CG Spectrum Online Animation School has been an instrumental part of my growth. The mentors at CG Spectrum are amazing and have helped me sharpen my skills, acquire new ones and strengthen my abilities. This is an invaluable experience for anyone looking to learn 3D Animation & VFX or take their skills to the next level. Highly recommended!

Advanced Animation Course Tuition

Small Class

At CG Spectrum you’re never just a number. We cap our animation class sizes at 5 students so you get the most attention possible at a more affordable price.


$995 USD

10 x Payments


$2985 USD

3 x Payments

(Save 10%)


$7795 USD

1 x Payment

(Save 20%)

1-on-1 Mentoring

By choosing the 1-on-1 option you will get more individual attention from your mentor while having the flexibility to work within your busy schedule.


$1195 USD

10 x Payments


$3595 USD

3 x Payments

(Save 10%)


$9995 USD

1 x Payment

(Save 20%)


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