Introduction to 3D Animation

Online 3D animation course for beginners taught by top film and game animators


Learn 3D animation essentials

Take the first step towards your career as a 3D animator

CG Spectrum’s 3D animation for beginners 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 games with an industry mentor as your guide. You'll be animating from scratch in no time!

Why study 3D animation at CG Spectrum:
  • Learn 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)


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 software.

You’ll be personally mentored by an industry expert who will show you the latest tools and techniques used by top animation studios. 

Expect 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.

After completing the course, you have the option to continue your journey with the 3D Animation Diploma.

Industry Qualification



3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Autodesk Maya and animation rigs

Start date

Nov 2, 2020

Why study with us

Learn 3D animation from industry pros who have worked on feature films and best-selling 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

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


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

This introduction course is also 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!

  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

Get direct access to professional 3D animators as your mentors

To be the best, learn from the best. All 3D animation classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working on blockbuster films and best-selling 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


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,485 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 courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for.

The three courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner. Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals.


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.


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


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.


  • 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

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


  • 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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High quality student work that speaks for itself

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Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

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