The Best Mentors

The Original, Online Animation School

Animation Mentor pioneered the concept of mentor-led, online education. Students in our animation courses develop a one-on-one relationship with experienced professionals working in the best studios around the globe. Mentors lead small, focused classes—no more than 9 students per class—and provide students with critical, up-to-the-minute insights into the industry, studio best practices, technology tips, and animation workflows.

Students don’t need to relocate to get an education from world-class animators, they just need wifi. Using our cutting-edge, proprietary technology and virtual campus, our mentors provide live instruction, offer feedback, and build lasting relationships with their students around the globe.

Instructors from Every Major Studio

Students at Animation Mentor can choose from the most studio-diverse roster of professional animators at any educational institution in the world. We have over 100 mentors on our faculty!

Our instructors come from the best studios in the world, including:

  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Industrial Light & Magic
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks

… and many more. Check out our entire list of animation mentors—we know you’ll be impressed!

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The Highest Quality Mentors

Instructors at Animation Mentor undergo a vigorous screening and training process. This careful evaluation ensures that they are prepared to give our students the best education and experience.

Here’s how it works:

  • Our mentors are almost exclusively referred to us by other professionals in the industry
  • We conduct a formal interview and scrutinize their demo reel. We carefully review their accomplishments, the quality of their work and their ability to provide mentorship to students.
  • Our mentor manager trains our instructors on the finer points of our educational methodology — including Live Review protocol, assignment flow, directorship, critiquing, class management, grading, and more
  • It doesn’t stop there – our mentors are constantly trained to become better instructors and better resources for their students

Featured Mentors

Our mentors are the heart and soul of Animation Mentor. Veteran studio pro animators from powerhouses like Pixar, DreamWorks, and Industrial Light & Magic, teach you the ins and outs of production level animation from the very beginning, starting with Animation Basics – the first course of the Core Character Animation Courses.

Choose Your Mentor

Once you've applied and been accepted into Animation Mentor, you can choose your mentor and register for class.

Registration is open from

April 15 - June 23, 2024