3D Animation Classes Taught By Industry Pros!

CG Spectrum’s advanced 3D animation course builds the confidence and skills needed to become a successful 3D Animator!

Learn how to create believable scenes and captivate audiences by bringing characters and creatures to life with the latest techniques used by studios.

CG Spectrum’s online 3D animation classes are fun, engaging and full of insider tips that will help you throughout your career. You’ll be personally mentored by professional artists who have worked on blockbuster films and AAA video games. There’s no better way to learn!

Advanced 3D Animation Course Overview

In just 10 months, you’ll learn 3D animation using industry-standard software Maya. Under the guidance of your mentor, you’ll explore advanced character and creature animation techniques, body mechanics, physics, and character acting to create compelling, believable scenes.

CG Spectrum offers a personalized education experience to ensure you progress faster as an artist. Each week you’ll meet your mentor online for lessons, and watch as they give you in-depth video critiques of your work. Course topics are adjusted to optimize your potential and help you meet your career goals sooner.

Graduate with a polished demo reel of your work – your passport to the industry!

Start Date

February 3rd, 2020

Duration

10 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

An educational license of Maya and a subscription to Long Winter character rigs is provided for free

Course Load

20 hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

Storytelling for Animation

Storytelling for Animation

Warm up your 3D skills by learning the subtleties of adding personality to a character walk. Next, develop a backstory for your character and have a go at conveying emotions using body language by creating a pantomime piece. Finish off by diving into a character dialogue piece with lip sync, facial and body expressions.


Learn how to:

  • Understand and analyze reference
  • Create unique character performances
  • Stage, plan and animate emotional action
  • Extract essence and subtext motion

Weekly Breakdown

  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

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 02

Advanced Acting for Animation

Advanced Acting for Animation

Learn how to get two characters interacting realistically. 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 your develop story
  • Work with timing and spacing
  • Focus on detail to polish your work

Weekly Breakdown

  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

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

Creature Animation & Portfolio

Creature Animation & Portfolio

Expand your versatility as an artist by studying creature animation. From quadruped walks, runs and jumps, to animating winged creatures, you’ll gain a solid understanding of creature animation and expand your talents. Finally, with your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your job-ready portfolio showing off your diversity.


Learn how to:

  • Build quadruped and winged creatures
  • Create realistic, believable movement
  • Develop a portfolio that stands out
  • Network and promote yourself

Weekly Breakdown

  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

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

Simon Warwick

Simon Warwick

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for

Batman: Arkham Knight

Mark Pullyblank

Mark Pullyblank

Dept. Head of 3D Animation

Known for

Avatar

Lukas Niklaus

Lukas Niklaus

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for

War of the Planet of the Apes

Delano Athias

Delano Athias

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for

Deadpool

Alumni Testimonials

Studios Who Hire Our Alumni

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Studio
Studio

The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Learn from the comfort of your own home! Online 3D animation classes make it easy to plan around busy schedules and study when convenient.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built 3D animation course and hands-on method ensure the skills you gain are those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

Ready to Start Something Great?

Tuition & Study Options

Small Class Option

If you enjoy learning with others and sharing ideas, small group classes are for you! Fun, engaging and capped at 5 students max, group classes get you the most attention possible at an affordable price. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and would like to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if your schedule is rather busy, consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1075

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$3225

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$7995

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

1-On-1 Private Option

Progress faster with 1-on-1 mentorship! Private tuition offers a higher level of individual attention and more flexibility to schedule classes around work and family commitments. Your mentor can also customize the course based on your particular strengths and interests. This option is perfect for those looking to change careers to get into the industry, or established artists looking to upskill or change specialties.

MONTHLY

$1350

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$4050

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$9995

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

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