Q: What is AnimSchool?
||A: AnimSchool is the new online school for the broader world of 3D animation! We offer two 21-month certificate programs. The "3D Character" program teaches modeling and rigging. The "3D Animation" program teaches animation. Both programs teach a broad skill set.
Q: Who are the people behind AnimSchool?
A: Over 30 instructors now working at Blue Sky Studios, Pixar, and other studios are teaching and lecturing at AnimSchool, from the modeling, rigging, and animation departments. They teach at AnimSchool after hours.
AnimSchool's founder is David Gallagher, former Character Development Supervisor at Blue Sky Studios, animator, modeler, and rigger.
Q: Who is AnimSchool for?
AnimSchool is for new students who want to learn the core skills involved in high-end 3D animation: 1. making 3D characters, and 2. making them move and act.
It's also for working 3D animators and modelers/riggers who need a boost in their career, and just want to take select classes from senior and supervisor-level teachers.
Q: What are the requirements to enroll?
A: Prospective students need to be 18 or older, be a High School graduate or equivalent, have a working knowledge of English, and show aptitude and eagerness to complete the program of study. Students must have a working knowledge of computers, Windows or Mac. Students should be familiar with Autodesk Maya or Softimage or another high-end 3D package.
They also need to have access to high-speed internet for class time.
Q: How long are the terms?
A: Each term is 11 weeks. There are four terms per year. Each program lasts 7 terms.
Q: How often are the classes held?
A: Classes are held two days each week, Monday-Saturday. There is a lecture and instruction during "Class Time". In addition, most classes will hold "Critique Time" at a separate day and/or time, when each student's assignment can be reviewed. Smaller classes may not require Critique Time. Students can sign up for the particular teacher and class time that works best for them. Click on Classes Now Offered on the sidebar.
Q: How long is the class time?
A: The classes are scheduled for two hours during which the instructor teaches the students through lecture and live workflow demonstrations. Most classes will also hold a two-hour "Critique Time", at another day and/or time when the teacher reviews each student's assignment. Students may choose to stay for other students' critiques.
For small classes, the Critique Time may be fully optional because the lecture and critiques can be accomplished within the other two-hour Class Time.
Q: How are the classes conducted?
A: Classes are held in your web browser at animschool.com
, using advanced web-conferencing software allowing instructors and student to interact via chat, mic, and webcamera. During lectures, teachers can show their desktop to review the students' work or demonstrate concepts.
Q: Are there video lectures?
A: Many courses offer videos either showing an animator/modeler/rigger doing the current assignment or explaining curriculum concepts. The most important learning is from live interaction with some of the best 3D animation professionals.
Q: Can students pick their teachers?
A: Yes! Students can choose which teacher to take their classes from. The more popular classes will fill first, so sign up early.
Q: Can working animators just take individual classes?
A: Yes! For students who don't need to enter a full 21-month program, they can sign up for individual classes to give them a needed boost in their career.
Q: How big are the class sizes?
A: Classes are kept small to allow for comfortable interaction and maximum face-to-face time with the teacher. Usually 12 students or fewer.
Q: When do the terms begin?
A: Classes begin the first week of January, April, July and October each year.
Q: What time of day are the classes offered?
A: Classes are designed to fit around the work schedules of the working teachers, and tend to be in the hours between 7-12 in the evening in the U.S. time zones, and on Saturdays. We also hold a limited number of mid-day classes for the benefit of those in a wide-range of timezones.
Q: Do entering students have to start at a particular term?
A: New students can begin at any term of the year.
Q: Which 3D software packages does AnimSchool use?
A: We support Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Softimage. Any high-end 3D software may be used, but AnimSchool provides character rigs in those two.
Q: Do 3D Animation students make their own character rigs?
A: AnimSchool provides exceptional character rigs for animators to use for each assignment. However, 3D Animation students also learn how to make characters on a simple-level, to give them a broader education and greater facility at their eventual place of employment.
Q: Do 3D Character (modeling&rigging) students have to learn technical things like scripting?
A: 3D Character students can focus on the aesthetic or the technical side of those skills. Some scripting is taught in the first four core classes. The 3D Character curriculum includes, but doesn't require, advanced scripting.
Q: Does AnimSchool offer student discounts for the 3D software?
A: Yes. For students enrolled in a program, they are eligible to buy Autodesk Maya and Softimage at student discount rates. AnimSchool is also part of Autodesk's amazing free software program. AnimSchool program students are currently eligible to download a copy of Maya / Softimage for free!
Q: What makes AnimSchool different from other schools?
A: 1. AnimSchool is the premiere online school devoted to teaching the broad range of 3D animation skills. And we plan to offer additional programs in the field of 3D animation in the future.
2. At AnimSchool, we are passionate about great 3D characters! Appealing, convincing characters are at the heart of AnimSchool.
Q: How many students will be accepted per term?
Q: What jobs will a certificate at AnimSchool prepare the student for?
A: AnimSchool students will be qualifying to find employment as a 3D animator, 3D modeler, rigger (character TD), 3D artist, 3D generalist in the feature film, visual FX, television broadcast, video gaming, advertising, and web industries.
Q: How much does AnimSchool cost?
A: Tuition for each 11-week term costs US $1800. That is $600 per calendar month of participation (per 3.66 weeks of instruction). The 7-term program costs $12,600 plus an application fee of $125. We also have discounts at different times for students in our full programs. See the tuition page for more details
Q: Are there other costs involved?
A: Students are also responsible for purchasing or having access to: computer, headphones, microphone, web camera, educational-discounted 3D software, and textbooks.
Q: Does AnimSchool offer financial aid?
A: Because AnimSchool is a new, unaccredited school, U.S. government-backed loans are not available. Students can arrange private loans themselves or participate in our Easy-Pay program:
Q: What is the Easy-Pay program?
A: The Easy-Pay program is a way to spread out the cost of tuition to bring the (per-month) cost down to $350 per month. Over 30 months, students take three one-term breaks from classes, during which they continue to access the AnimSchool website and improve their skills, but aren't enrolled in classes. Each month during these breaks as well as three months before and five months after classes, students make 36 total payments. Note that completing an AnimSchool program this way takes 30 months, nine months longer than the usual 21 months.
Q: What is the contact information for AnimSchool?
A: Phone: 801 765-7677 Fax: 801 221-4882. Address is: 560 South State Street, Suite F3, Orem, UT 84058.
Q: Is AnimSchool registered as a school?
A: AnimSchool is compliant with all state post-secondary proprietary school laws and is registered under the UTAH POST-SECONDARY PROPRIETARY SCHOOL ACT (Title 13, Chapter 34, Utah Code)