ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You must meet each of the following:

  • Be 18 years or older upon the first day of class.
  • Have a good understanding of the English language (our classes are only conducted in English).
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED, or have the foreign equivalent to a high school diploma.
  • Have intermediate general computer software skills.
  • Meet the minimum computer system requirements (see below).
  • Achieve a passing score on the Wonderlic test. This test measures basic understanding in math and verbal skills. Once we receive your application, you will be sent this test.

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COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Because we are an online school, you must have a computer with an Internet connection and webcam. The webcam allows you to capture images from your sketchbook, record video reference, and participate in class with your mentor and other students. Detailed computer system requirements include:

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    Windows

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    Mac

    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Nothing older than 3 years. Required.
    • Mac OS X with an Intel Processor
    • OS X 10.7.5 or higher

     
     
    ADDITIONAL COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

    • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
    • Preferred Browser:
    • Latest Chrome, Safari, or Firefox
    • Flash Player 11
    • Acrobat Reader
    • WinZip
    • QuickTime 7 Pro
    • Broadband Internet: 5Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload to Animation Mentor servers; 1 Mbps download and 600 kbps upload or higher (as purchased through an ISP) recommended*
    • HD-capable webcam
    • Headphones and headset-mounted microphone

    *Use Speedtest.net to check your Internet speed. Be sure to choose the San Francisco server.

    VFX FUNDAMENTALS

    • Windows 7, 64-bit. Note: Mac is not supported
    • A graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0
    • A display with at least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color
    • 5 GB disk space available for caching and temporary files

     
    MAYA WORKSHOP: CG LIGHTING AND COMPOSITING

    • Windows 7, 64-bit or Mac OS X with an Intel Processor
    • Certified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card. See Autodesk Certified Hardware.

     

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PROVIDED SOFTWARE

Note: Animation Mentor provides the following software to you as part of your tuition. To ensure the best learning experience within our production pipeline-based curriculum, you must use the Animation Mentor-provided software.


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MAYA®

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MARI

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ARNOLD RENDERER

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NUKE

VFX Program

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MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS

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SKETCHBOOK

The curriculum includes sketchbook assignments to help you observe and capture the essence of what is happening around you and to integrate that reference into your work.

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WEBCAM AND HEADSET

These devices allow you to fully participate in our Live Reviews.

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BOOKS

The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston and The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams are trusted references for animation students.

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