3D Animation Foundations

Online 3D animation course taught by professional film and game animators

Learn animation from film and game industry experts

Progress faster with an industry mentor as your guide

Learn 3D animation from the best and discover what it takes to become a professional animator. Once you've mastered the foundational skills, you'll get your characters interacting with their environment and dealing with physical forces. Put this together to design powerful combat animations for games.

Why study animation at CG Spectrum:

  • Learn to animate exciting combat action scenes from scratch
  • Build character rigs and pro techniques in Maya
  • Be mentored by a world-class animator
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes


At CG Spectrum online animation school you'll receive the highest level of personalized training. You'll learn the latest tools and techniques used by top studios and be guided every step of the way by your industry mentor. With online 3D animation classes you can learn from the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

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Study duration

24 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Autodesk Maya and animation rigs

Start date

May 13, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn 3D animation from industry pros who have worked on feature films and games

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led animation training course help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on major films and games

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


An industry-approved curriculum to get you started in the exciting world of animation

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 2: Core 3D Animation Principles

Let's get physical! Learn 3D animation tips and tricks from your mentor while building on your foundation skills. Find out how to get characters interacting with their surrounding environment, and see how they deal with physical forces. Finish the term by learning how to design combat animations for games.

  • Convey realistic force & weight
  • Animate combat action scenes
  • Create animation cycles for video games
  • Build a believable fight scene
  1. Run and Jump Blocking
  2. Run and Jump Polish
  3. Parkour Blocking
  4. Parkour Polish
  5. Forces & Weight Blocking
  6. Forces & Weight Polish
  7. Weight Lift Blocking
  8. Weight Lift Polish
  9. Combat Actions Blocking
  10. Combat Actions Polish
  11. Fight Scene Blocking
  12. Fight Scene Polish
Term 2: 12 weeks

Foundations 3: Professional 3D Animation

Master the subtleties of adding personality to a character walk. Then develop a backstory for your character and have a go at conveying emotions using body language by creating a pantomime piece. You'll finish with a character dialogue piece complete with lip sync, facial and body expressions - and have a polished piece for your demo reel.

  • Gather and analyze reference
  • Create unique character performances
  • Stage and animate emotional action
  • Convey realistic expressions
  1. Introduction & Overview
  2. Personality Walk 01: Keying
  3. Personality Walk 02: Breakdowns & Cycles
  4. Personality Walk 03: Polish &
    Progressive Walk
  5. Pantomime 01: Setup & Keying
  6. Pantomime 02: Breakdowns
  7. Pantomime 03: Polish Pass
  8. Drama Monologue 01: Setup & Keying
  9. Drama Monologue 02: Keys & Breakdowns
  10. Drama Monologue 03: Overlap & Follow-through
  11. Drama Monologue 04: Polish Pass
  12. Character Acting: Review & Final Pass
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Dive right into the full study pathway and be industry ready in 18 months.

Pathway illustration for Career Track (18 months)

Get direct access to professional animators with studio experience

All 3D animation classes are taught by artists who have worked at major animation studios on films and video games.


Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(6 x payments)

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$3,199 USD

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$1,750 USD

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$4,725 USD

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Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

For this 3D animation course, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).

Please note: You must have intermediate-level animation experience in order to enroll directly into this course.  Please submit a portfolio of your work with your application; OR apply for the 3D Animation Essentials course which serves as a pre-requisite for those just starting out.


Students can sign up for an educational license for Maya. Instructions for how to obtain an educational license for this software will be provided upon enrollment.


You will need a dedicated graphics card and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Autodesk Maya

This course gives you an excellent understanding of 3D animation fundamentals and depending on your level of commitment, skills, and portfolio pieces, you may be ready to start applying for entry-level artist positions.

To increase your hiring potential, the Advanced 3D Animation Course is recommended. It covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.

Some of the junior 3D animator jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

Discover more about these 3D animator jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating.


Studios that hire our students