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.
WHAT IS COVERED
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.