3D Animation Major

DIGITAL PRODUCTION Majors/Specializations

6 Months Duration

Major: 3D Animation


As in all of our animation programs, the 3D Animation & Visual Effects program's learning environment simulates the flow of a studio by teaching you to think and react as part of a production team. Through classroom teaching and guided mentoring, experienced animation professionals instruct you on the use of advanced digital tools and cinematic storytelling skills. Your study of the principles and tools of animation covers the fundamentals of motion, life drawing, composition, character design, sculpture, storyboarding, lighting, and art direction. After electing a specialization in Animation, Modeling, or Visual Effects, you develop a final project which showcases your achievements.

You will

  • Develop a concept
  • Research the concept/character back story
  • Create the characters
  • Develop and write a script, color script, and style guide
  • Create 2D and 3D animatic storyboards
  • Model characters
  • Prep character for animation, including facial setup
  • Create animation cycles that express a character's personality
  • Thumbnail, block, spline, and polish animated sequences
  • Animate a professional-level workload each week
  • Present progress regularly to mentors


After learning foundational art and computer animation skills and exploring a variety of 3D disciplines, you may elect to specialize in 3D Animation. Animation is known as the "Illusion of Life"; animators create performances that allow an audience to forget they are seeing pixels on a screen. Students refine their focus in disciplines such as Storyboarding, Visual Storytelling, Art Direction, Character Design, Modeling and Setup, 3D Animation, 3D Texturing, and 3D Lighting. Under the guidance of instructors and industry mentors, you will develop a complete animated short film, from concept development through the processes of animation, lighting, texturing, rendering, and sound.

Animated films showcase a wide range of skills, Students specializing in 3D Animation most often go on to work as character animators, texture and lighting artists, and pre-visualization artists in film and television.

Program Term Overview

Weeks 1-4

Term 1

Subjects Covered

  • Concept Development
  • Animation
  • Design 1
  • Animation 1
  • Intro to Rigging
  • History of Animation and VFX

Weeks 4-8

Term 2

Subjects Covered

  • Concept Development
  • Design 2
  • Visual Storytelling 1
  • Animation
  • Animation 2
  • Rigging 1
  • Life Drawing

Weeks 8-12

Term 3

Subjects Covered

  • Concept Development
  • Design 3
  • Visual Storytelling 2
  • Concept Development
  • Animation
  • Animation 3
  • Rigging 2
  • Acting

Weeks 12-16

Term 4

Subjects Covered

  • Concept Development
  • Final Project Development
  • Final Project Presentations
  • Creative Development
  • Animation
  • Advanced Animation 1
  • Acting for Animators 1

Weeks 16-20

Term 5

Subjects Covered

  • Concept Development
  • Final Project Development
  • Final Project Presentations
  • Animation
  • Advanced Animation 2
  • Acting for Animators 2

Weeks 20-24

Term 6

Subjects Covered

  • Final Project Development
  • Final Project Presentations
  • Final Development Lab
  • Career Prep
  • Final Picture Edit
  • Final Sound Edit
  • Quality Control


Some Important Notes for Students

  • Be punctual and attentive in the class
  • Don't feel shy to ask questions because it is also help others to understand better
  • Always welcome to participate voluntarily in the class assignments
  • Be come with fully equipped with tools, materials and mind
  • Think, it's career oriented profession so be professional