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3D Animation Diploma

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

Overview

Learn 3D animation from the 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 3D 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

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At CG Spectrum you receive a higher level of personalized training than at other online schools. 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 classes you can learn from the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

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Industry Qualification

Diploma

Duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Intermediate

Prerequisites

Basic computer skills

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Autodesk Maya and animation rigs

Start date

Dec 7, 2020

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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 programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

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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

Curriculum

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

Term 1: 12 weeks
3D Animation Foundations

Starting with 3D animation basics, you'll dive head-first into industry software Maya and discover how to create believable animation using the classic principals of animation. As you learn the theories, you'll put them into practice, giving you a better understanding of body mechanics and locomotion.

Learn how to:
  • Animate from scratch using the 12 principals of animation
  • Set up professional workflows using Autodesk Maya
  • Create progressively more complex animation pieces  
  • Work with character rigs to create animation cycles
  1. Introduction to 3D Animation & Rigs
  2. Posing a Character
  3. Timing & Spacing
  4. Overlap & Follow Through
  5. Pose Transitions 01
  6. Pose Transitions 02
  7. Lower Body Walk Cycle
  8. Lower Body Run Cycle
  9. Full Body Walk Cycle
  10. Full Body Run Cycle
  11. Walk Across the Screen 01
  12. Walk Across the Screen 02
Term 2: 12 weeks
Body Mechanics

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.

Learn how to:
  • Convey realistic force & weight
  • Animate combat action scenes
  • Create animation cycles for video games
  • Build a believable fight scene
  1. Run and Jump 01
  2. Run and Jump 02
  3. Parkour 01
  4. Parkour 02
  5. Forces & Weight 01
  6. Forces & Weight 02
  7. Weight Lift 01
  8. Weight Lift 02
  9. Combat Actions 01
  10. Combat Actions 02
  11. Fight Scene 01
  12. Fight Scene 02
Term 3: 12 weeks
Character Acting

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.

Learn how to:
  • Gather and analyze reference
  • Create unique character performances
  • Stage and animate emotional action
  • Convey realistic expressions
  1. Introduction / Overview
  2. Personality Walk: Timing & Stride Length
  3. Personality Walk: Exaggeration & Weight
  4. Personality Walk: Creating Personality
  5. Pantomime: Reference & Planning
  6. Pantomime: Creating Intent
  7. Pantomime: Sophisticated Performances
  8. Drama Monologue: Character Analysis
  9. Drama Monologue: Staging & Layout
  10. Drama Monologue: Emotive Eyes
  11. Drama Monologue: Facesync
  12. Acting for Animation Summary
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Mentors

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.

Study Options

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
Study Options

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

 

Monthly
$1,185 USD

(9 x payments)

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Per Term
$3,199 USD

(3 x payments)

Monthly
$1,485 USD

(9 x payments)

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Per Term
$3,999 USD

(3 x payments)

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 18 months
3D Animation Course Pathway

We've built our animation courses based on industry input and focus on teaching the skills that studios are hiring for. The 3D Animation course pathway is designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner.

The three courses below form a complete study pathway to help you go from a beginner to industry-ready artist, however, each course can be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals. 

Overview:

The Introduction to 3D Animation Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in 3D animation. This introduction course serves as the first term of the 3D Animation Diploma, so you’ll be one-third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Software: An educational license of Maya and a subscription to Long Winter character rigs is provided for free

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Overview:

The 3D Animation Diploma develops your skill level further with a focus on producing the quality of animation expected in video game and television production.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of Introduction to 3D Animation Certificate
    (Note: The Introduction to 3D Animation Certificate is embedded in the 3D Animation Diploma and serves as Term 01. If you have already completed the introductory course, you are one-third of the way through this diploma.)

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Software: An educational license of Maya and a subscription to Long Winter character rigs is provided for free

Overview:

The Advanced 3D Animation Diploma takes your skills to a feature film and AAA video game level and focuses on building your professional portfolio.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of the 3D Animation Diploma or a portfolio demonstrating similar learning outcomes

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Advanced Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Software: An educational license of Maya and a subscription to Long Winter character rigs is provided for free

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