Advanced 3D Animation Course

A comprehensive online 3D animation course to prepare you for a career in the film and games industry.


Online 3D animation classes taught by industry pros

Build the confidence and skills to become a 3D animator

Focused on getting you job-ready, the Advanced 3D Animation Course helps you get your skills to industry-standard. By learning from industry experts who have worked at top animation studios, you'll gain valuable industry insights, build critical job skills, and graduate with a polished portfolio to show employers.

Why study 3D animation at CG Spectrum:

  • Learn advanced skills studios are hiring for
  • Gain speed and proficiency in Maya
  • Extra career support to boost hiring potential
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes


Get your skills to a higher standard with our advanced career training. You’ll master complex character and creature techniques and learn how to create compelling scenes that captivate your audience. Meet your mentor online for weekly classes, get personalized video critiques of your work, and develop a polished demo reel - your passport to the industry!

Industry Qualification


Study duration

9 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



3D Animation Course or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Autodesk Maya and animation rigs

Start date

Jan 10, 2022

Why study with us

Learn 3D animation from industry pros who have worked on major feature films

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led animation programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

Industry Mentors

Learn from industry experts who have worked on major films and games

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Job-Ready Skills

Build relevant and practical job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a 3D animator

Term 1: 12 weeks
Advanced Character Acting

Learn how to get two characters interacting in a fun and realistic way. Discover how to analyze dialogue, shoot reference video and set up scenes using professional workflows. Watch your animation come alive as you apply your new knowledge of shot composition, cinematography, layering, acting beats and body mechanics to your scene.

  • How to animate a two-person dialogue shot
  • Use editorial tricks to develop story
  • Work with timing and spacing to enhance story
  • Focus on detail to polish your work
  1. Advanced Character Acting Overview
  2. Comedy Scene 01: Planning & Keys
  3. Comedy Scene 02: Breakdowns
  4. Comedy Scene 03: In-betweens
  5. Action Scene 01: Setup & Keying
  6. Action Scene 02: Breakdowns
  7. Action Scene 03: Polish Pass
  8. Multi-character Scene 01: Setup & Keying
  9. Multi-character Scene 02: Breakdowns
  10. Multi-character Scene 03: Overlap & Follow-through
  11. Multi-character Scene 04: Polish Pass
  12. Character Acting: Review & Final Pass
Term 2: 12 weeks
Creature Animation

Expand your versatility as an artist with creature animation. From quadruped walks, runs and jumps, to animating winged creatures, you’ll gain a solid understanding of creature animation, and have a great time breathing life into your creatures.

  • How to animate 4-legged creatures
  • Create believable movement
  • Source the best reference
  • Polish your portfolio piece
  1. Quadruped Walk - Research
  2. Quadruped Walk - Inbetweens and Splining
  3. Quadruped Walk - Polishing
  4. Quadruped Run - Research and Reference
  5. Quadruped Run - Inbetweens and Splining
  6. Dragon Flight Part 01: The Rig
  7. Dragon Flight Part 02: Keys and Breakdowns
  8. Dragon Flight Part 03: Polish Pass
  9. Creature Confrontation Part 01: Introduction and Keys
  10. Creature Confrontation Part 02: Keys and Breakdowns
  11. Creature Confrontation Part 03: Polish Pass and Conclusion
  12. Creature Animation: Final Thoughts
Term 3: 12 weeks
Portfolio and Career Development

This final term is dedicated to getting you job-ready! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best pieces for your portfolio and learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers.

Students in this course receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

  • How to polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Interview and negotiation strategies
  • Effective networking and self-promotion
  • Accessing the hidden job market 
  1. Career Pathways
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Portfolio Upgrade
  4. Networking and Online Presence
  5. Resume and Cover Letter
  6. Job Hunting
  7. Freelance Work
  8. Interviews and Pitching
  9. Personal Projects and Challenges
  10. Working in a Studio
  11. Contracts and Negotiations
  12. Personal Roadblocks

Get direct access to professional animators with studio experience

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 3D animation classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working at major animation studios on blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

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$3,199 USD

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$1,485 USD

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$3,999 USD

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Need help deciding?

If you're unsure which course or class option is right for you, just fill out an enquiry form, let us know what's on your mind, and our student admissions team will be happy to help. We look forward to getting you started on your journey and welcoming you to the vibrant and supportive CG Spectrum community!

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