Maya for Beginners: Complete Guide to 3D Animation in Maya

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25.5 hours course
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$ 129.99
$ 129.99
What will you learn?
You will become comfortable using Autodesk Maya to model, texture, rig, animate, dynamics, light, and render
Build and design your own 3D objects
Animate your 3D objects with keyframes
Modeling, shading, texturing, lighting beautiful designs
Rendering your projects for high quality playback
Rigging a 3D character for animation
Simulating dynamic effects like water, cloth, and smoke
You will know how to put together an entire 3D animated scene!
About the course

You can do your own 3D animations in Autodesk Maya!

Learn everything you need to know to get started - taught by a Hollywood professional!

As the industry standard 3D animation software, learning Autodesk Maya is a great skill to help you land a job in the film, music and gaming industry. In this course, you'll learn how to create your entire animation from scratch. 

What will you learn?

  • Getting started with Maya and understanding the interface
  • Modeling your own objects and scenes
  • Shading your objects
  • Creating proper UVs
  • Texturing your objects 
  • Lighting your scene and creating shadows
  • Rendering your project
  • Rigging characters to prepare for animations
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Motion graphics animation (MASH) toolkit
  • Simulating dynamic effects like cloth and smoke
  • Putting together an entire scene

Learn by doing real world projects!

Throughout this entire course, you'll be working on a Dia de Los Muertos inspired scene with a complete animated skeleton. By the end of the course, you'll truly be inspired by your own skills, and confident in using Autodesk Maya.

What do you get when you enroll?

  • 25+ hours of easy-to-follow tutorials
  • Bonus animation demonstrations
  • Downloadable project files for every step of the course
  • Premium support to help you as you take the course

Why learn from us?

Lucas Ridley is a professional 3D animator who has worked on Hollywood films such as Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. His students love him, and we're sure you're going to enjoy this class.

Lucas breaks down the most complicated steps of animating in Autodesk Maya, so that you can easily start animating on your own! 

Phil Ebiner is the founder of Video School Online, and has taught over one million students around the world with our top-rated courses. We only partner with the best instructors, so you'll know that you're getting a great course with this one!

Our 30-day 100% money-back guarantee!

 We want you to be happy. If there's any reason you aren't enjoying the course, and getting what you expected, we'll refund your money.

We can't wait to see you in the course!


Phil + Lucas

Introduction to the Course
Welcome to this 3D animation in Maya course!
Course Introduction
Welcome to this 3D animation course using Autodesk Maya!
How to Download a Free Trial of Maya
We'll be using the 2018 version of Autodesk Maya in this course. To follow along and use the project files, you'll need to use the 2018 version (or newer - if you're watching this course in the future).You can download a free trial version of Maya for 30-days on Autodesk's website. Google: Autodesk Maya Free Trial (Udemy won't let me create a link in this description unfortunately.) If you're enrolled at a school then you're eligible for a free 3-year student copy of Maya!
Download Course Files & Free Maya Trial
Maya Introduction
Get familiar with the software, navigating, and manipulating objects
Interface Introduction
Manipulators and Camera Movement
3D Modeling
In this section we are going to cover everything you need to know to get started modeling. We'll start with creating a 'hard surface' model, learn about 'topology,' and then create an organic model.
Intro to 3D Modeling
Ghostbuster Trap
Insert Edge, Extrude, and Append
Bevel & Normals
  • You should have Autodesk Maya to follow along with the course
  • Autodesk provides a free 3-year educational version of Maya from their website
  • 3-button mouse
Video School
Video School
Learn Creative Skills
Lucas Ridley
Lucas Ridley
Award-winning Animator
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