Classic Pro Animation Track

Seven 12-week classes

Our newest approach to online animation education. Built on cutting edge curriculum, designed by industry professionals and informed by recruiters at world-class studios. Join a team of animation and VFX students and learn to use studio best-practices, professional workflows and our exclusive production pipeline to produce a short film. Graduates of this seven class, 21 month program receive a diploma in Advanced Character Animation Production.

Be Bold.

Leverage cutting edge curriculum design, exclusive technology, interdisciplinary collaboration and constant experimentation to learn faster and produce better work.

Your Team.

Learn and collaborate with other animators and VFX artists on your team to produce bigger and better animated stories.

Animate a Short Film.

Produce a short, animated film using studio best-practices, professional workflows and our exclusive production pipeline technology.

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Animation Basics

Class Length: 12 weeks
Upcoming Term: Fall 2014
Start Date: September 29, 2014
Application Due: August 1, 2014
Registration Opens: July 14, 2014
Class Tuition: $1,999

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In Animation Basics, you’ll go beyond software to learn how to realistically convey weight, motion and follow through – critical skills on your journey to become a character animator. You’ll start the course by learning how to animate a bouncing ball, and then evolve that bouncing ball through the creation of both “vanilla” and “personality” walk cycles.

Learn How to:

  • Understand critical principles of animation like weight and overlapping action
  • Convey emotions like joy, devastation and concern through sketchbook and posing exercises with our Stu rig
  • Go beyond the bouncing ball by learning to express different weights
  • Understand overlapping action by animating motion and follow through using Squirrels, Monster Ball or Bird Ball
  • Animate a simple and straightforward “vanilla” walk cycle
  • Create a stylized walk cycle to showcase personality and emotion

Why it’s right for you:

  • Be Bold: The Classic Pro Animation Track is for those animators looking for cutting-edge curriculum design, exclusive technology, interdisciplinary teamwork, collaboration and constant experimentation
  • Improve your ability to work on a team, by giving and taking feedback from your mentors and peers
  • Prepare yourself to succeed in the studio environment – go beyond the principles of animation and learn how to work with your fellow animators and your peers further down the production pipeline
  • Impress your animation supervisor on day one by seamlessly integrating your animation within the larger sequence
  • Graduate with a team-based short film sequence for your demo reel
  • Learn from top professional mentors at the most trusted and well-respected online animation school

What You Get:

  • A 3-year active student license to Autodesk Maya – including Mudbox, 3D Studio Max, and more
  • Access to the Animation Mentor community of over 5,500 students and alumni in more than 105 countries around the world
  • Instruction from top-quality mentors from the world’s leading animation studios
  • Over 12 hours of pre-recorded lecture material, made available to watch on-demand each week
  • A weekly eCritique of your assignment from your mentor
  • A weekly live Q&A with your mentor and classmates
  • Access to the Animation Mentor resource library with guest lectures, additional Q&As, and weekly video news
  • Ongoing access to all characters and rigs from the class, including Tailor, Ballie, Stu, Squirrels, Monster Ball, Bird Ball and the pendulum

Requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted for the Animation Program
  • Be 18 years of age or older upon the first day of class
  • Meet the minimum system requirements
  • Have intermediate computer software skills. This course requires a basic knowledge of 3d software. If you have little to no experience using 3d animation software like Maya, Blender or 3DS Max, we strongly recommend our Maya Workshop: Animation Basics
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Achieve a passing score on a basic aptitude test (Wonderlic test). This measures basic understanding in math and verbal skills

Note: Animation Basics is the same course in both the Classic Animation Track and the Classic Pro Animation Track