CG Spectrum’s beginner's 3D animation course prepares you for a career where no two days are the same! In this short course, you'll learn the principles of animation for film and video games with an industry mentor as your guide. You'll be animating from scratch in no time!
If you're interested in learning animation, you've come to the right place! Whether you want to work in film, TV, or in game development, this online 3D animation for beginners course covers all of the essentials you need to get started, including the 12 Principals, body mechanics, and creating character walk cycles. You’ll finish the course with a solid foundation in 3D animation, a portfolio piece, and confidence using Maya animation software.
You’ll be personally mentored by an industry expert who will show you the latest animation and CGI tools and techniques used by top animation studios to create life-like scenes.
At CG Spectrum you'll receive highly personalized training with small class sizes and 1-on-1 private tuition. Classes are 100% online, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home, in your own time at CG Spectrum.
*This short course is the perfect way to get started in the world of 3D animation. The curriculum is exactly the same as term one of the Foundations of 3D Animation Course, so if you decide to continue after completing your certificate, you'll be one-third of the way through!
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.
Get started with the intro course and graduate with the option to continue to term 2 of the foundations course.
With 20+ years in the industry, Michael has worked on countless feature films for just about every major studio around the world including DNEG, Cinesite, MPC, Weta Digital, Pixomondo and Lucasfilm.Read full bio
Mark has held lead positions at Rainmaker, Sony and Weta Digital working on films like Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and Night at the Museum.Read full bio
Ambre has worked as an animator in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada on projects like LEGO Avengers, Happy Feet Two, Avatar and Where the Wild Things Are.Read full bio
Roland has worked his way across the globe at major studios like Weta Digital, where he worked on two Planet of The Apes movies, The Hobbit Trilogy, and Avengers: Infinity War.Read full bio
Nick's held lead positions at major game studios Relic Entertainment and Phoenix Labs. Credits include Dauntless, Dawn of War 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.Read full bio
Jacob is an award-winning director, writer, and animator who now works at Walt Disney Imagineering. Credits include Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Jungle Book, and The Flash.Read full bio
The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.
Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.
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For this 3D animation course, 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.
Autodesk Maya is popular industry software used to help create many animated games, films and TV shows.
You will need a dedicated graphics card and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Autodesk Maya.
These online animation classes include a weekly Q&A call with your mentor, so please have your webcam ready.
What 3D animation careers can I explore post-graduation?
Studying 3D animation can open up a variety of career paths in the film and game industry.
This short 3D animation course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the full 3D animation study pathway ( 3D Animation Foundations and the 3D Animator Specialization) will better prepare you for a job by increasing your confidence in creating 3D animation work, and expand employment opportunities at animation studios.
The advanced course covers more complex techniques for animating 3D models, characters and creatures, and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.
Once you've honed your technical skills, some of the junior 3D animator jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:
You may also wish to learn Unreal Engine to increase your hiring potential as an animator!
Discover more about these 3D animator jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page: