From Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of
With new techniques and complex software being used to create ever-increasing detailed work, it can be daunting even know where to begin. Learning the craft through online tutorials can leave you with even more questions and many schools that teach visual effects and game animation are expensive and require you to be on campus for classes. Enter CG Spectrum....
CG Spectrum's online VFX and game animation training is unique in that our courses are taught by award-winning industry artists who are excited to share the tips and tricks they have learned from their years of experience so that you'll be more prepared and more connected for a career in the industry.
Every week, your mentor will work through and give you feedback on your project files while you watch live. This creates a very personalized curriculum and helps to enhance your strengths as an artist.
In just 10 months, you will learn the foundations of 3D modeling, 3D animation, visual effects, and game animation so you have a solid understanding of where you want to specialize.
The skills learned in the VFX and Game Animation Diploma set students up for the Advanced Diplomas we offer in multiple disciplines.
"This is the school you're looking for! The mentors are awesome, the course is well designed, you have the best of the best teaching you, whats not to like! I have done both one on one mentoring and the group class and I have to say, no other online school can compare to the amount of time you get with the mentor working on your own projects
August 6th, 2018
Beginner - Intermediate
What You Get
During the VFX & game design course students will focus on building strong foundations in 3D modeling, animation, VFX and game design using Maya, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine 4 and Houdini software.
First up, students dive into Maya and navigating it's user interface so students can get comfortable with all the tools and start learning how to set up a professional workflow.
From there you'll build your animation chops by learning all about the 12 principals of animation and how they help make your animations look more realistic. Students will also produce basic 3D props and models to get a handle on proper 3D modeling techniques that are needed to move on to more complex exercises.
Students finish the study period with portfolio pieces ranging from animation walk cycles,
In Study Period 2 students will build on their animation and 3D modeling foundation knowledge and start getting into some awesome projects. You'll get a bit more creative freedom to explore your own concepts and master more complex skills.
Students start animating characters interacting with their surrounding environment and learn how characters deal with physical forces such as lifting heavy objects and animating combat actions for video games. You'll also get to build your very own animation rig from scratch.
Next, you'll learn all about human anatomy and create your very own 3D character, complete with clothing, accessories
To round things out students will learn how to model a 3D environment and all the assets that populate it including buildings, trees, rocks and some cool props. Students will be given an environment concept design and work through the process of building a 3D environment from start to finish.
Study Period 3 will allow students to begin focusing on either game design in Unreal Engine 4 or producing stunning visual effects for
If students choose the Game Design stream they will be creating and implementing assets and animations to build their own playable game. You'll learn professional game industry workflows using Unreal, setting up characters, implementing animation, AI interaction and populating a game environment for your character to interact with. By the end of the study period, you'll have a fully executable game that you created and can play.
By choosing the VFX Production stream students will learn what it takes to create
The VFX and Game Design Diploma will give you a taste of everything so you can decide what interests you the most and what direction you want to take in your journey to becoming a film or game artist.
"It’s your career success that matters. I applied to some companies with my updated reel and get the chance to be hired by a small studio named Dwarf-Labs where I did some animations for a CG commercial. Then I was hired by Ubisoft where I worked for the last release of one of their big franchise, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate!"
“CG Spectrum 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!"
At CG Spectrum you're never just a number. We cap our class sizes at 5 students so you get the most attention possible at a more affordable price.
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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.
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