Advanced 3D Animation Diploma

A comprehensive online 3D animation course to prepare you for a successful career in the film and games industry.


Online 3D animation classes taught by industry pros

Build the confidence and skills to become a 3D animator

Focused on getting you job-ready, the Advanced 3D Animation Diploma helps you get your skills to industry-standard. By learning from industry experts who have worked at top animation studios, you'll gain valuable industry insights, build critical job skills, and graduate with a polished portfolio to show employers.

Why study 3D animation at CG Spectrum:

  • Learn advanced skills studios are hiring for
  • Gain speed and proficiency in Maya
  • Extra career support to boost hiring potential
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes


Get your skills to a higher standard with our advanced career training. You’ll master complex character and creature techniques and learn how to create compelling scenes that captivate your audience. Meet your mentor online for weekly classes, get personalized video critiques of your work, and develop a polished demo reel - your passport to the industry!

Industry Qualification

Advanced diploma

Study duration

9 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



3D Animation Diploma or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Autodesk Maya and animation rigs

Start date

Jun 7, 2021

Industry Mentors

Learn from industry experts who have worked on major films and games

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Job-Ready Skills

Build relevant and practical job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a 3D animator

Term 1: 12 weeks
Character Acting

Learn how to get two characters interacting in a fun and realistic way. Discover how to analyze dialogue, shoot reference video and set up scenes using professional workflows. Watch your animation come alive as you apply your new knowledge of shot composition, cinematography, layering, acting beats and body mechanics to your scene.

Learn how to:
  • Animate a two-person dialogue shot
  • Use editorial tricks to develop story
  • Work with timing and spacing to enhance story
  • Focus on detail to polish your work
  1. Introduction / Overview
  2. Comedy Dialog: Dialogue & Subtext
  3. Comedy Dialog: Planning
  4. Comedy Dialog: Staging for Sequences
  5. Comedy Dialog: CG Sequence Layout
  6. Comedy Dialog: Multiple Characters
  7. Comedy Dialog: Comedy vs. Tragedy
  8. Comedy Dialog: The Comic Hero
  9. Comedy Dialog: Moving Holds
  10. Comedy Dialog: Styles
  11. Comedy Dialog: Polish
  12. Comedy Dialog: Advanced Acting
Term 2: 12 weeks
Creature Animation

Expand your versatility as an artist with creature animation. From quadruped walks, runs and jumps, to animating winged creatures, you’ll gain a solid understanding of creature animation, and have a great time breathing life into your creatures.

Learn how to:
  • Animate 4-legged creatures
  • Create believable movement
  • Source the best reference
  • Polish your portfolio piece
  1. Quadruped Walk: Research
  2. Quadruped Walk: Inbetweens & Splining
  3. Quadruped Walk: Polishing
  4. Quadruped Run: Research & Reference
  5. Quadruped Run: Inbetweens and Splining
  6. Quadruped Run: Polishing
  7. Quadruped Jump: Research & Reference
  8. Quadruped Jump: Inbetweens & Splining
  9. Quadruped Jump: Polishing
  10. Flight Cycle: Research & Reference
  11. Flight Cycle: Building Layered Animation
  12. Flight Cycle: Refinement & Wings
Term 3: 12 weeks
Portfolio and Career Development

This final term is dedicated to getting you job-ready! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best pieces for your portfolio. As a diploma student, you can access additional career development services to learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers.

Learn how to:
  • Polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Be more confident with negotiation
  • Network & self-promote effectively
  • Tap into the hidden job market 

All diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

  1. Getting Your Career Started
  2. Self-promotion
  3. Portfolio Prep
  4. Payments and Contracts
  5. Your First Commissions
  6. Finding your Audience
  7. Staff vs. Freelance
  8. Developing Personal Projects
  9. Path of the Independent Artist
  10. Skill Development Practices
  11. Motivational Guidelines
  12. Emerging Art Career Tips

Get direct access to professional animators with studio experience

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 3D animation classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working at major animation studios on blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn animation 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


$1,185 USD

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$3,999 USD

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