Our Maya workshop is designed for beginning animators and will introduce you to this dynamic software and direct your learning on the specific tools used in character animation. The workshop includes class instruction taught by mentors and lab work conducted by Animation Mentor alumni. After completing the workshop, you will have the foundational knowledge of Maya to continue your journey of bringing performances to life as a character animator!
Workshop: Maya Workshop: Animation Basics
Course Length: Six-Week Workshop with Live Q&As
Requirements: See Below
Start Date: June 24 and August 5, 2013
Register Now: Please visit our Registration Portal to register for Maya Workshop: Animation Basics. You will be asked to create an account or log in to your existing account before you can register and pay for class.
Check out the six-week workshop curriculum:
WEEK 1 Introduction to Animation and Maya
Take a tour of Maya and set up your workspace … then get ready to animate next week.
WEEK 2 Tools for Basic Animation:
Getting the Ball Rolling
Begin animating a simple ball — and apply basic animation principles — in a set you create.
- WEEK 3 What Is Animation “Workflow”
and Shading in Maya?
Continue learning new Maya tools and animation principles to apply to your animation assignment for the week.
WEEK 4 Shedding Light on the Bouncing Ball: Making Sense of Curves and
Push your animation workflow to the next level and illuminate your progress with some basic lighting tips.
WEEK 5 Introduction to Modeling and Animating Simple Characters
Animate a robot arm as you begin your introduction to character hierarchies, parenting, and working with constraints.
WEEK 6 Applying Tools and Workflow: Animate a Simple Character Rig
Animate your character to hop (literally) into the next level as you apply all the tools, workflow, and animation principles you have learned throughout the workshop to your final assignment.
You will receive a three-year active student account to the Autodesk® Education Community where you may access the Maya® animation software.
- Instruction provided by Animation Mentor alumni, including 12 Live Q&As with demonstrations.
- Supplementary material features hours of recorded video using Maya 2012.
- Coursework includes six (6), non-graded assignments with provided assets.
- You may participate in forums and the Animation Mentor community, and view weekly Video News items.
You will enjoy the same Animation Mentor experience with a small class size and live instruction!
- Be 18 years of age or older upon the first day of class.
- Have a good understanding of the English language.
- Have intermediate computer software skills.
- Meets the minimum system requirements.
- Achieve a passing score on a basic aptitude test (Wonderlic test).
This measures basic understanding in math and verbal skills.
Maya Workshop: Animation Basics meets twice a week for six weeks:
- Class instruction taught by mentors.
- Lab work conducted by Animation Mentor alumni.
Note: Lab attendance is mandatory to complete the workshop.