3D Basics in Maya

An online workshop to build essential skills in 3D modeling and animation

The Workshop

Learn 3D basics from film and game pros

Model and animate a 3D spaceship in Autodesk Maya in two weeks

Develop industry and personal workflows that last a lifetime in this online workshop for 3D basics. Examine some of the principle elements of 3D modeling and animation and discover useful ways to apply them, getting an overall feel for how modeling and animating in 3D works. Finish by rendering your scene!

Why study 3D Basics at CG Spectrum:

  • Lessons are crafted by film and games experts
  • No experience required 
  • Learn industry-standard software Maya essentials
  • Gain 30 days access to an online community channel on Slack where you can network, troubleshoot, and collaborate with your workshop mentor and peers!

Our workshops fill up fast—register now to secure your place! 


Study duration

2 weeks

Skill level



Basic computer skills




Autodesk Maya

Workshop dates

3 June, 2024
1 July, 2024

Why study with us

Learn foundational 3D Basics from expert 3D modelers and animators

Whether you're a beginner looking to build foundational art skills, a hobbyist wanting to harness your creative side, or an artist exploring different career paths, our expert-led workshops help equip you with essential and industry-relevant skills

Learn the Fundamentals

Build a solid foundation from which you can expand your skills and knowledge

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked at major film and game studios

Completely Online

An online format provides modern flexibility for innovative learning

Credit Cards Accepted

Quick, secure payment option allows for easy registration


What you'll learn

This workshop will teach you how to model and animate a simple 3D game prop in 10+ hours of self-guided, flexible study content and two one-hour sessions of live instruction. You'll start by learning 3D modeling procedures and techniques to produce an alien spaceship, then move on to animate a simple blast and spark effect with nParticles. 

  • Learn essential navigation in Autodesk Maya
  • Develop an understanding of a basic 3D pipeline
  • Understand basic 3D modeling practices and workflows
  • Understand basic animation practices and techniques
  • Construct simple scenes, including shaders and lights for render


Next Available Workshops:

Start: 3 JUNE, 2024

Your two-week workshop includes a one-hour live session with your mentor each week on:

  • Wednesday, 12 June at 3:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST
  • Wednesday, 19 June at 3:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST
Start: 1 JULY, 2024

Your two-week workshop includes a one-hour live session with your mentor each week on:

  • Wednesday, 10 July at 3:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST
  • Wednesday, 17 July at 3:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST

$350 USD


Have questions? We've got answers.

This workshop requires basic computer literacy.


You will need to download and install the 3D modeling software Autodesk Maya. Download Maya here. Maya offers a 30-day free trial which will cover the duration of the course (and some practice time afterward!). 


We also suggest using a notebook or tablet for taking notes.

Please note: You will need to ensure your computer specifications are suitable for the latest version of Maya - outlined here.

The workshop runs for 2 consecutive weeks, starting on your chosen intake date.

It includes:

  • 10+ hours of asynchronous content which you will need to work on in your own time
  • 2 hours of live instruction (1 hour per week) set at a specified time each week

Before your mentor-led session, we advise you to go through your coursework and do the required exercises so you can ask relevant questions and your mentor can provide feedback on your work.

To really make the most out of this workshop, we recommend you dedicate 10-20 hours per week (over two weeks) to cover your readings, tasks, live sessions, and practice.

The more time you commit to your studies, the better you'll get!

This largely depends on you and how much time and practice you dedicate to your craft! 

The idea of the 3D Basics workshop is to provide you with the essentials to be able to enroll in the Introduction to 3D Modeling Course or Introduction to 3D Animation Course (depending on which area you want to focus on) to continue your learning journey.

If you're unsure if you're ready, after taking the workshop, make the most of having direct access to your industry mentor (via our online Slack community) and ask them how they think you're going and what steps you need to take to be ready to take on more in-depth study.

If you still have questions or are unsure about which workshop to take, we would love to chat with you. Click below to get in touch with our admissions team, and we'll get you on your way.