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Maya for Beginners

Introduction to Maya
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 28 June 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Thursday 10 am – 4 pm, four days


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Studios today are looking for talented animators who are proficient in 2D or 3D animation using industry standard software.

This course responds to this need, developing your skills in character animation using Maya.


This course will benefit professionals (and students) who wish to develop their artistic and technical skills in all aspects of animation.

The course is delivered in a stimulating workshop environment through informative step-by-step tutorials and one-to-one guidance.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have 2D and 3D animation samples which can be used in your portfolio, along with photo-realistic renders of your work (using Arnold).

You will also have the confidence and understanding of professional techniques and workflow processes.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"I loved being able to develop my own short project each week!" CA

Tutor profile: Simone Hunt is a professional 3D animator and game artist.

Simone is also a lecturer and tutor, and was previously the Senior Technician in the animation department at Nottingham Trent University.

She has worked for over ten years making professional 3D animations and concept art in various forms.

Simone recently premiered a short film at 3D Animation for Professionals, delivered by The Animation Workshop in Denmark.

She has a true passion for 3D animation and provides her students with the best support possible.

Indicative maximum class size: 8

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn about the twelve principles of animation, the same principles that were developed by the ‘old men of animation’ - and why it is a must for every animator to master
  • learn how to bring a 2D or 3D biped or quadruped character and prop to life
  • understand the importance of storyboarding
  • learn how to create your own staging and camera works
  • work with Cintiq drawing tablets to aid the process
  • learn the secret of how to create believable, realistic facial expressions and lip syncs
  • learn how to create 3D scene sequences, layouts and camera shots (an advantage for anyone interested in game design).

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You must be computer literate and have some experience with 2D or 3D applications such as Photoshop, Sculptis or Blender.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You must be computer literate and have some experience with 2D or 3D applications such as Photoshop, Sculptis or Blender.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £495.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £495.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418