Introduction to 3D Animation

Learn 3D animation online and kickstart your career in film and video games

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Course Overview

As film and game technology evolves and becomes more complex, it can be daunting to learn 3D animation by yourself through online tutorials or books. But there is a better way.

CG Spectrum’s 3D animation for beginners course is a more interactive, engaging and effective way to learn!

In just 6 months you’ll learn 3D animation from the ground up, even with no prior knowledge. Be personally taught by a world-class industry mentor who will show you the latest tools and techniques used by top animation studios.

This online 3D animation course covers all of the essentials, including the 12 Principals of Animation, body mechanics, and how to rig your very own character. You’ll finish the course with a portfolio piece and confidence in using Maya software.

As one of the top online animation schools, we ensure you receive a high level of personalized training by keeping class sizes small and offering 1-on1 private tuition. And with online classes you can learn how to animate from the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

Why learn 3D Animation?

Using creativity and problem solving, a 3D Animator uses motion to bring characters, vehicles and props to life in films, video games, and TV shows. Animators enjoy exciting and rewarding career paths where no two days are the same. Read about career prospects and salaries in the 3D Animation Industry Overview.

If your interested in becoming a 3D animator for film and video games keep scrolling to check out what we have to offer.

Start Date

September 2nd, 2019

Duration

6 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A student educational licence of Maya and Substance Painter is provided to all students for free

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Basic drawing skills, a digital drawing tablet and a computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

Course Curriculum

Semester 01

Introduction to 3D Animation Principals

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First you’ll learn 3D animation basics using industry standard software, Maya. Discover how to get a character moving in a believable way with a character walk-cycle. And finish with a better understanding of physical animation, locomotion, more complex animation rigs, and a cool animation piece for your portfolio!

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Intro to the Principles of Animation
  2. Bouncing Ball Exercise 01
  3. Bouncing Ball Exercise 02
  4. Drawing Fundamentals
  5. Flour Sack Exercise 01
  6. Flour Sack Exercise 02
  7. Flour Sack Exercise 03
  8. Walk Cycle: Contact & Passing Poses
  9. Walk Cycle: In-between Poses
  10. Walk Cycle: Follow-through
  11. Character Take: Key Poses & Breakdowns
  12. Character Take: Creating In-betweens
Semester 02

Body Mechanics & Combat Animation

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Time to get physical! Build on your foundation skills by learning how to animate characters interacting with their surrounding environment. You’ll find out how characters deal with physical forces. Next you’ll learn how to use an animation rig (a vital skill set for animators!) and become confident building one from scratch.

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Drawing Human & Quadruped Figures
  2. Constructing Anatomy with Volume
  3. Quadruped Walk Exercise 01
  4. Quadruped Walk Exercise 02
  5. Character Run in Perspective 01
  6. Character Run in Perspective 02
  7. Acting for Animators
  8. Pantomime: Planning/Key Drawings
  9. Pantomime: Breakdowns/In-betweens
  10. Study & Analysis of Animation Greats
  11. Short Character Monologue 01
  12. Short Character Monologue 02

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Amazing Mentors

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Jeremy Chinn

Mentor for

3D Modeling

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Big Hero 6

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Jeremy Chinn

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Big Hero 6

jeremy chinn mentor headshot

Jeremy Chinn

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Big Hero 6

jeremy chinn mentor headshot

Jeremy Chinn

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Big Hero 6

Student Testimonials

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

Studios Who Hire Our Alumni

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The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Whether studying full-time or working around a busy schedule, CG Spectrum’s virtual learning model allows you to study when you want, where you want.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built courses and hands-on teaching method ensure the skills you gain are exactly those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

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