Whether pursuing a new career path or updating your skills, our 3D animation online courses support you with career training and mentorship from professional animators. Learn to animate from scratch using Maya and graduate with a professional portfolio.
Why study 3D animation at CG Spectrum:
Get the highest quality education and learn the latest techniques from established 3D animators at CG Spectrum - the only 100% online 3D animation school.
Kick-start your career and become a professional animator. These animation training courses are designed to give you the necessary skill set to prepare you for your animation career.
Peek inside the world of animation! Choose this course if you want to pick up a new hobby, learn 3D animation online and start animating your first smaller pieces using Maya and Toon Boom Harmony industry softwares.
With 20+ years in the industry, Michael has worked on countless feature films for just about every major studio around the world including DNEG, Cinesite, MPC, Weta Digital, Pixomondo and Lucasfilm.Read full bio
Jacob is an award-winning director, writer, and animator who now works at Walt Disney Imagineering. Credits include Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Jungle Book, and The Flash.Read full bio
Spectra has been animating for almost a decade at Playstation, Digital Domain and Ubisoft on projects such as Far Cry 6, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and Advantageous.Read full bio
Mark has held lead positions at Rainmaker, Sony and Weta Digital working on films like Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and Night at the Museum.Read full bio
Roland has worked his way across the globe at major studios like Weta Digital, where he worked on two Planet of The Apes movies, The Hobbit Trilogy, and Avengers: Infinity War.Read full bio
While at Disney and DreamWorks Scott animated classics like Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Road to El Dorado. He later won an Oscar for best special effects for Life of Pi.Read full bio
Nick's held lead positions at major game studios Relic Entertainment and Phoenix Labs. Credits include Dauntless, Dawn of War 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.Read full bio
Ambre has worked as an animator in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada on projects like LEGO Avengers, Happy Feet Two, Avatar and Where the Wild Things Are.Read full bio
Delano's credits include Ready Player One, The Walking Dead, Deadpool and Independence Day: Resurgence from his time at top studios Zoic, Digital Domain and Mill Film.Read full bio
Get a more hands-on education with mentorship from top film and game experts, an industry-approved curriculum and a thriving creative community cheering you on.
By giving you access to the most talented artists in the industry, we help you to become well connected, trained and prepared for life beyond school.
What you get when studying at CG Spectrum:
Progress faster with expert feedback from mentors and join an inspiring and supportive community of industry experts and peers.
Our mission is to make sure our students are best prepared for a successful career when they graduate.
We strive to provide affordable, high quality and personalized education and believe in the power of learning first-hand from industry experts who already established a fantastic career.
What makes CG Spectrum unique:
As an online school with students and mentors in 90+ countries, we're proud to bring the industry to you - wherever you are in the world!
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Should I study 2D or 3D animation?
Choosing between 2D and 3D animation comes down to personal preference. 2D animation tends to suit people who are more artistic in nature, whereas 3D animation often suits those with a more technical mind.
2D requires a large amount of illustration, as every frame needs to be drawn, either on a digital tablet or hand drawn. 3D Animation requires creating movement via 'rigs', where a 3D model is essentially given a skeleton that can be manipulated in a virtual 3D space.
Can I learn both 2D and 3D animation?
Yes you can. CG Spectrum offers beginner animation courses in both 2D and 3D animation, however it is not recommended to do both at the same time, unless you can dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week for each course.
What 3D animation careers can I explore post graduation?
Do I need to be good at drawing to be a 3D animator?
No, you don't need to know how to draw to do 3D animation. Many professional 3D animators don't consider themselves particularly good at drawing. What you do need is a strong understanding of the principles of animation and how they can be applied in a three-dimensional environment. You also need to be able to think creatively to come up with original ideas for your animations, and know how to use software like Autodesk Maya to bring your animations to life.
Does 3D animation require coding?