3D Animation Essentials

Learn 3D animation online with leading industry expert animation training


Kick-start your training as a 3D animator for film and games

This online 3D animation for beginners course will teach you how to move and manipulate 3D characters for film, TV, and video games. You'll uncover the 12 Principles of Animation, learn body mechanics, and create character walk cycles. 

Why study 3D animation with us:
  • Learn how to animate even without prior knowledge
  • Gain confidence using industry software Maya
  • Be mentored by a world-class industry animator
  • Choose between 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)

With guidance from a professional 3D animator, you'll gain confidence in how to navigate specialized animation software Autodesk Maya and finish the course with your first portfolio piece.


Industry Certificate


3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level


Start date

August 5th, 2024
September 9th, 2024
October 7th, 2024


Group Class: $3,333 USD
Private Class: $4,677 USD
Ask about our payment plans

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

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 3D Animation

Starting by learning the basics of 3D animation, then dive head-first into animation software Maya where you'll learn how to create believable animation using the classic principles of animation. You'll put theories into practice, giving you a better understanding of body mechanics and locomotion.

*This short course is equivalent to the first term of the 3D Animation Foundations course. If you continue your learning journey, you'll be eligible to join the Foundations course from Term 2 onwards.

  • Animate from scratch using the 12 principles 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 Animation and Rigs
  2. Posing a Character
  3. Timing and Spacing
  4. Overlapping Action
  5. Pose Transitions 01
  6. Pose Transitions 02
  7. Lower Body Walk Cycle 01
  8. Lower Body Run Cycle 02
  9. Full Body Walk Cycle 01
  10. Full Body Run Cycle 02
  11. Walk with Prop 01
  12. Walk with Prop 02
Career Track

Your Pathway to the Industry

This short course is equivalent to term one of the Foundations course. On completion of the Essentials course, if you decide to progress further with your studies, you'll enroll straight into term two of the corresponding Foundations course which means you'll already be one-third of the way through your studies! Continue your learning journey towards an exciting career in the industry by enrolling into the Foundations Career Track.

Pathway illustration for Essentials 3 Month Course

Get direct access to professional 3D animators

All 3D animation classes are led by professional animators with years of real-world experience working on award-winning animated movies and best-selling video games. 

Frequently asked questions

3D Animation Essentials course FAQs

Learn more about the prerequisites for this course and the animation careers you could explore in the future. For general questions about studying at CG Spectrum, visit the main FAQ page or contact us.

Age Minimum
The general minimum age to be able to enroll in our industry certificate courses is 16. We require parent or guardian consent during the enrollment process for applicants under 18.

Students under 16 will require a further assessment before they can officially enrol. This may include an interview with a course advisor and the creation of a study plan to ensure they have considered how they will manage a college-level workload.

English Proficiency
We expect our students to have a good understanding of written and spoken English. There’s no specific ’level'; however, you must be able to understand video tutorials in English (no subtitles) and speak with your mentor in English during your live Q&A session.

Computer Literacy
To be successful in this program, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


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

Please note: As the software we use is regularly updated, please check the specs against the latest available version at the time of enrollment.

This short course will get you started on your creative journey, but in a competitive industry, we advise continuing your studies with the full career track.

The 3D animation career track includes the 3D Animation Foundations and the 3D Animator Specialization. It is designed to better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The career track ensures you build strong foundational skills before moving on to more complex techniques and workflows. You will also dedicate time to career development and preparing a polished portfolio while you gain invaluable industry insights.

Once you've honed your technical skills, 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: