3D Animation Jumpstart Course (with Autodesk Maya)

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3D Animation is a Highly Relevant Skill Across Multiple Industries. Learn to Create 3D Designs, Visual Effects Using the Industry Leading animation/design software, Autodesk Maya

3D Animation Jumpstart Course (with Autodesk Maya) Click to Preview Course


  • Master the simple, production based methodology to create 3D designs and animations
  • Become conversant with the 3D philosophy and the Maya interface
  • Master 3D modelling, texturing, lighting and basic rendering
  • Join other professionals who work with animated film, television programs, visual effects and video games to create 3D cinematic animations
  • Gain skills to pursue careers in 3D animation, character modelling, visual effects and other animation/design fields

Course Description

For students who are new to 3D animation this beginner’s course will jumpstart your career. This course focuses on the basics of 3D computer graphics using Autodesk Maya. Students are introduced to 3d philosophy and the Maya interface as well as 3D modelling, texturing, lighting, and basic rendering. Skills learnt will be applied in creating simple objects and 3D logos. 

This course is a great start for students who are new to Maya or transitioning from different 3D software packages . We adopt a simple production-based training methodology and our students gain valuable inside knowledge from our years of hands-on experience in 3D animation.

The course is devoted to instruction and homework, with step by step help from the instructor. 

What is Autodesk Maya?

Autodesk Maya is an industry leading 3D animation software application developed by Autodesk that enables video professionals who work with animated film, television programs, visual effects, and video games to create highly professional three-dimensional (3D) cinematic animations. Prior to two-dimensional (2D) and 3D animation software, manual hand animation tools such as drawing paper and pencils, erasers, paints and brushes, light tables, and transparencies only offered a subset of what can now be done with programs such as Maya. Maya 1.0 was originally developed and released in 1998 by Alias Wavefront and seven years later in 2005, Autodesk, Inc. acquired Maya and renamed it to \"Autodesk Maya\". Since its original release, Maya has become widely used in the film industry to create graphics for Academy Award winning films such as Rango and Hugo. Maya is also becoming more widely used in the video game industry to create visual effects for games such as Call of Duty and Halo. Maya includes MEL, short for Maya Embedded Language, and Python scripting, which both allow you to take advantage of its open architecture by programming complicated or repetitive commands. These programmed commands help to save valuable time and also offer a method of sharing them with others who might find them useful. In the film and television industry, Maya is the de facto standard for 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation.

What are the benefits of using Maya?

Individuals who work in or are currently pursuing careers in the 3D animation, character modeling, visual effects, and other animation fields will discover many benefits of using Maya. The scene assembly and accelerated modeling workflows built into Maya not only maximize productivity but also help to streamline your design experience, putting creativity back at your fingertips while increasing efficiency.

Complex animation tasks that are nearly impossible to construct by hand are easily created using Maya's robust tools. The grease pencil, automatic joint centering, camera sequencer, and weight distribution tools are just a few of the features that Maya offers to help animators focus more on the workflow and express more creatively. With Maya's enhanced Viewport 2.0 and DX11Shader (DirectX 11) rendering engine, blurred reflections and shader effects, as well as translucency, substance textures, and many other features can be worked with directly within the Maya viewport. 3D models and visual effects are rendered in real-time, allowing artists to work in an environment that nearly matches final output. Large and complex worlds are easily created and managed with Maya's Open Data platform, which handles production assets as discrete smart data elements and enables artists to quickly test different

Course Outline

Introduction to Maya 38 min, 59 sec
  • Introduction to Maya 1 min, 29 sec
  • Benefits Of Maya 2 min, 56 sec
  • Concepts 1 min, 4 sec
  • The Maya Interface (Introduction) 2 min, 30 sec
  • The Maya Interface (contd) 5 min, 56 sec
  • Creation of Primitives 2 min, 53 sec
  • Files and Projects 2 min, 18 sec
  • Maya Terms 6 min, 22 sec
  • Lights and Camera 6 min, 32 sec
  • Rendering 4 min, 2 sec
  • Working with Primitives - Types of Primitives 2 min, 52 sec
Polygonal Modelling 35 min, 5 sec
  • Polygonal Modelling (intro) 4 min, 32 sec
  • Setting up References 3 min, 31 sec
  • Modelling the Candle 9 min, 4 sec
  • Sculpting the candle wax 11 min, 16 sec
  • Refining the candle wax 6 min, 40 sec
Texturing 6 min, 56 sec
  • Texturing the candle 6 min, 56 sec
Introduction to Fx 15 min, 3 sec
  • Introduction to FX 49 sec
  • Creating the Flame with FX 14 min, 13 sec
Rendering 14 min, 6 sec
  • Rendering the candle Flame 14 min, 6 sec


Students should have laptops which should meet or exceed the following hardware configurations.

  • Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows® 7 or Mac OS
  • 32-bit/64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
  • 16 GB of free disk space for installation
  • Qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL® graphics card
  • 3-button mouse


This course is designed for beginners with little or no basic knowledge of Maya. This class covers the core concepts, approaches and techniques required for starting a career in 3D animation.

About Instructor

Orange VFX

Orange Visual Effects Limited (OrangeVFX) is recognized as the best and leading 3D and Visual Effects content creator in Nigeria. Founded in May, 2010 the company today boasts of a committed 20 man team that can sucessfully carry out a project. Since inception Orange VFX has introduced the Nigerian Animation industry to a new breed of professional animation and visual effects services right at heart of Nigeria’s commercial hub – Lagos, helping our clients save money on projects that would otherwise have been outsourced. The Company has world-class creative talent of designers, artists, strong and experienced management team and employs advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. Dedicated to helping families dream and laugh together, Orange VFX creates and innovates 3D animated spots, television commercials, original animation series, and shorts, interactive media, corporate presentations, branding and training.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Autodesk Maya?

    Autodesk Maya is an industry leading 3D animation software application developed by Autodesk that enables video professionals who work with animated film, television programs, visual effects, and video games to create highly professional three-dimensional (3D) cinematic animations.

  • What is 3D?

    3D means three-dimensional. In computer 3D graphics are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

  • What is 3D Animation?

    3D animation is the art of using motion to bring characters, vehicles, props to life in TV shows, films & games. 3D Animation is animating objects that appear in a three-dimensional space. They can be rotated and moved like real objects. 3D animation is at the heart of games and virtual reality, but it may also be used in presentation graphics to add flair to the visuals.

  • What is Computer Animation?

    Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated /moving images.