The MAYA ACADEMY course is 40 days in duration over 8 weeks. You’ll cover all of the basics from model building, texturing and lighting to advanced topics such as character animation with skeletons and deformers. nParticles, nCloth and advanced fluids are also covered during the first 2 weeks of the course.

After completing your initial 2 week’s training you will progress onto your first major animation work. This can be up to 2 minutes in duration and you will be confronted by the challenges and find the solutions that all animators have to. This project will hopefully be your calling card into the world of professional 3D animation.

A day by day breakdown

DAY 1 - The interface, modelling basics

DAY 2 - Advanced modelling, sub-divisions, NURBS, deformers

DAY 3 - Textures and lighting, rendering, UV mapping and projections

DAY 4 - Creating a skeleton for character animation, skinning and key-framing the character

DAY 5 - Hierarchical animation, particles, physics

DAY 6 - Hair and fur, fluids and oceans

DAY 7 - Advanced physics, cloth and particles

DAY 8 - Adding deformers for facial animation

DAY 9 - Building a set for a portfolio work

DAY 10 - Animating and rendering your first portfolio work

For the remaining 30 days of your course you will work on a fully animated portfolio production of great complexity. It will involve not just set and character building but extensive use of physics, cloth and particles. It will employ all of the skills you’ve mastered in the first 2 weeks of the course and demand new and challenging combinations of Maya’s many functions. You will

be building a complete set with several characters. It will be fully textured and lit- and your characters will perform according to the storyboard you have created. All of this will be done with your trainer giving advice and suggestions and bringing his experience and know-how to your work.

Final output will be to either Pixar's RenderMan or Arnold. (Or both if you so chose).

There are discounts for students and those out of work. Please email us for details.

The cost of the 40 day course is

£5200 (1 trainer to 4 students) or £6000 (one-to-one). This includes meals and accommodation. This course is only available in our Cortona, Italy location.

Our Italian location. In the 1,000 year old castle, Castello Neve. All training is in English.