Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Summer Class Starts on 5th May 2020

"School Run" by Lee Caller
Our Summer classroom starts on Monday 5th May 2020.  You don't need to know Maya beforehand (we teach everything from scratch), but it's always a good idea to do a little preparation.

Below is a brief list of stuff to get you under way. No need to do all of it, but tick off a few of the things on this list and you will be a making a great start on your animation career.

The book all animators need
The Animator's Survival Kit.
Any student of animation needs a copy of The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams.  It is easily the best and most comprehensive book available for learning animation.

This is a distance learning course, so you will need to get yourself a laptop or workstation.

We prefer laptops to a fixed workstation, as you can keep working while you are on the move. To see what kind of specifications might be right for you, read this blog post.

Kayla, animated by Joris Van Laar
The next thing to do, assuming you have a decent computer or laptop at home, is get yourself a free copy of Autodesk Maya 2018 or 2019.

Maya is the main software we animate with, nowadays it's the industry standard. You can download your free educational license here.

Watch some tutorials
Start to learn the Maya interface. Below is a free tutorial in the Graph Editor, the main technical tool used by Maya animators.

Start watching our free videos
Take a look at the week 1 videos at the Animation Apprentice website. The week 1 videos are all free and this gives you a general introduction to animation, helping you to get familiar with the language of the medium.

Check out our students' work
To see some of the recent work done by our students, watch the 2020 Demo Reel below:

Welcome to Animation Apprentice!
If you do some or all the things on this list - you will have a great head start! We look forward to meeting you!


To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link.

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