3D Animation Courses

Bring Characters to Life

What is 3D Animation?

3D animation is the next evolutionary step after 2D animation, using software to generate characters, environments, props, and sets in a virtual, three-dimensional space. Both 2D and 3D character animation focus on the fundamental principles of animation. Rather than drawing characters by hand, however, 3D animators use digital characters to act out and create captivating performances.

Animation Mentor is the original online animation school, created by animators from Pixar Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic. We’re the premiere learning platform for 3D animation and offer one of the most comprehensive character animation courses on the planet. We’d love to teach you the skills you need to become a professional animator and join our global community of alumni in the animation industry.

3D Animation

Our Core Character Animation Courses offer a layered curriculum that teaches students everything from animation principles to advanced character performance. We also offer supplemental animation workshops to enhance your skills.

Core Character Animation Courses

Animation Basics

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Start Your Animation Journey

Master basic animation techniques and learn to bring characters to life in our Animation Basics course. You’ll give your characters weight, make them walk with personality, and learn how to express emotion through movement. All of these exercises will be performed using our professional rigs.

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Body Mechanics

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Animate Realistic Character Movement

Learn how to animate bipedal characters in our Body Mechanics course. Understand how the anatomy of your characters affects their physical movement, and use proper timing and spacing to make that movement believable. You’ll use these skills to create a polished, full body walk.

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Advanced Body Mechanics

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Design Exciting Action Sequences

In Advanced Body Mechanics you will learn to use camera angles and composition to share your story with an audience. You’ll edit multiple shots into a cohesive narrative and build on your knowledge of body mechanics to make your characters run, jump, and climb.

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Introduction to Acting

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Create Standout Performances

Introduction to Acting will teach you to animate unique dialogue shots, helping you craft characters that are iconic and relatable. Learn how to convey real emotion through facial expressions and develop your character acting skills by adding believable lip sync.

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Advanced Acting

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Build a Masterful 1-on-1 Dialogue Sequence

Now that your characters can walk, talk, and react to their environment, it's time to learn how to make them interact with each other. In Advanced Acting, you’ll craft believable, multi-character moments and learn to animate scenes that form a cohesive story.

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Feature Animation Acting & Polish

12-Week Course

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Develop Pro-Level Shots for Your Demo Reel

Congratulations! You’ve acquired all the knowledge you need to become an animator and now it's time to put it all together. In Feature Animation Acting & Polish, you’ll take your skills to the professional level by animating feature-quality shots that you can showcase in your demo reel. Your mentor will also share best practices for creating your portfolio and advice on how to get hired for your dream job in the industry.

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Supplemental 3D Animation Workshops

Animation Mentor offers supplemental 3D animation workshops to expand your Animator’s Toolkit and help you prepare for a career in the industry. Master the animation industry’s preferred tool, translate scripts to the screen, and push your poses to new heights!

Maya Workshop:
Animation Basics

6-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 6 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of August 8, 2022

PRICE | $699 USD

Master the Industry's Preferred Software

This workshop is perfect for new and aspiring animators. In six weeks, you'll get an overview of Autodesk Maya, the animation industry's preferred software, and get ready for Animation Mentor's Core Character Animation Courses. Get comfortable with Maya now, instead of wasting valuable animation time troubleshooting in later classes. We also recommend this workshop to students who are considering a career in character animation. This is a fun and easy way to get a feel for it! If you're ready to start, register now.

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Previsualization Basics for Animators

6-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 6 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $899 USD

Bring the Director's Vision to Life

Intermediate Animators, add to your animation skill set by learning the basics of previs animation. Previs animators help directors realize their vision, bringing the script to life on screen before principle filming starts. Learn previs and fill a studio's need for this highly sought-after position in TV and film. Register now for this workshop.

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Cartoony Animation for 3D Animators

6-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 6 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of August 8, 2022

PRICE | $899 USD

Push Your Animation Like the Pros

Grow your skills with the help of an industry veteran and learn to create animation in the style of classic cartoons like Looney Tunes. Study the masters and then take your animation from 2D planning to polished 3D fun! Register now.

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Creature Animation Workshops

Animation Mentor’s Creature Animation Workshops are designed by animators from Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, and Tippett Studios and include elite instruction from professionals working in the industry.

Creature Animation: Locomotion

12-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Learn how quadrupeds walk, run, and move, before animating an exciting shot with our creature rigs. Taught by industry VFX animators from ILM and Framestore. Register Now.

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Creature Animation: Fight or Flight

12-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 12 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of September 26, 2022

PRICE | $2,499 USD

Level up with new characters like dragons and mechs, and learn how to animate flight and fight sequences. Taught by industry VFX animators from ILM and DreamWorks. Register Now.

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Game Animation Workshops

Animation Mentor offers a unique take on game animation by integrating workflows from Maya to Unreal Engine, allowing you to animate and then play your character in real-time. Advanced animators with solid body mechanics experience can jump straight into game animation.

Game Animation: Fundamentals

6-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 6 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | Week of August 8, 2022

PRICE | $899

Learn basic game animation workflow techniques with State of Decay Animation Director Reid Johnson. Register now to take Ried's workshop.

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Game Animation: Combat Attacks

6-Week Workshop

LIVE Q&As | 6 Weekly 1-hour Q&As

START DATE | To Be Announced

PRICE | $899

Learn to animate combat attacks from Maya to Unreal Engine 4 with pro game animators! Click the link below to discover when the next workshop will be offered.

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