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Graduate Testimonials

AnimSchool was a game starter for me. I enrolled in the program knowing nothing about animation, and before I even graduated I had moved to my 3rd animation job.

Every class taught me exactly what I needed to know when I needed to know it. The mechanics supported the funny body acting, the pantomime supported the broad performance, the broad supported the subtle emotional one, and before I knew it I had accomplished a little bit of everything I thought was impossible for a student to do. Animation was one of the hardest things I've ever learned, but thanks to the support and countless resources provided by Animschool, I never struggled for too long.

Thanks for everything...it truly has been an incredible experience. A big big thanks to all the instructors. They really do give with alot of heart.

Alissar K. - Alissar K.
John M. - John M.

After tons of research into different online animation schools, I decided on Animschool. It was the best decision I could have made.

The staff were friendly and professional in every communication with me, and the teachers extremely knowledgeable being some of the best animators in the industry. Class time is a good mix of laid back chatter and serious to the point lectures and critiques, making the Animschool class environment very informative and welcoming.

I would highly recommend Animschool for the aspiring animator who doesn't know where to start, as well as the animator who has been in the industry for awhile, looking for the tools to bring their skills to the next level. Trust me, this is the place to learn animation.

My AnimSchool showreel landed me a job at Framestore (UK) and currently I’m working on two films - wish granted!

Before doing the AnimSchool animation course, I was working in game and was quite good at it. However, for the longest time, I wanted to work in film. Thanks to AnimSchool I was able to learn so much: from the basics of body mechanics to advanced acting shot.

The excellent Instructors they have are approachable and involved: always helping and finding ways to push my animation skills to professional levels. It was difficult working on the class assignments while having a full time job but it was worth it!

Xin Z. - Xin Z.
Andrew S. - Andrew S.

AnimSchool was exactly what I needed! I was working as a 3D artist and began to feel somewhat lost with my career path.

I had strayed from doing what I loved, which was animation. One day it hit me that I had to make a reel and get back on track. AnimSchool was the best decision. It got me on track and helped me really focus on character animation only.

The teachers were the best! All were animators working in the industry. The one-on-one critiques helped me reach the next level as an animator. It’s so cool to be connected to my fellow graduates and see so many of them working as animators at some of the best studios! Currently I am an animator at Moonbot studios in Shreveport LA. Thanks AnimSchool.

Before AnimSchool i had a few freelance gigs and was working with motion capture. However my dream was to make cartoons and learning with Animschool has help me achieve that as i now work as a animator on Doc McStuffins!

AnimSchool really help me get my head around timing and spacing, then learning more about how to add texture to a shot and then posing/lip sync really helped raise my game in animation. Im very happy i decided to do AnimSchool and will take full advantage of the general reviews classes now that im a graduted :)

Scott R. - Scott R.
Vi T. - Vi T.

I enjoyed my time at the school. I learned so much. I would definitely say it's the best education I've ever had--usually you don't expect it from online courses.

It was definitely worth all the funds I put into it, cause I'm working now (in the industry). I definitely appreciate all the classes and instructors. It was a great experience.


We stretched our limits & just as soon as we thought we have reached it, we realized that we can still learn more and keep improving...that is simply amazing!

When I started in AnimSchool, I thought I was going to learn how to use the programs for 3D modeling and rigging - just with that I would have been happy.

Months into my training, I found out that learning to use the different kinds of software was only the tip of the iceberg. There was a lot more to learn such as: how to make the characters "appealing", how to solve the problems that arise during the creative process.... the heartbreaking making and undoing and making again to achieve the best results possible. AnimSchool was (and still is), without doubt, the best learning experience I had in my life. Thanks AnimSchool !!!!

Julia M. - Julia M.
Alberto C. - Alberto C.

I'm now working as an animator on feature films and I still connect with the school and learn from their extensive resources. That is the best point of AnimSchool!

I felt really integrated into the AnimSchool community during the whole Animation program. All the mentors encourage you to improve your skills and show you the way to put love in this amazing art.

AnimSchool was one of the best decisions in my career. They helped me grow as an artist. It was awesome!

Can’t be grateful enough to AnimSchool – I’m on 2 projects right now so I’m on fire!

In my own opinion one of the biggest plus from AnimSchool, is that David Gallagher is always in contact with the students and alumni: at the school page, social media or mail, and he listens to them! David is always making sure that everything is working properly and that the students are motivated and learning lots. That kind of personalized attention and level of detail are assets that you wont find in any other online school.

AnimSchool is a great route to take if you want to get to your dream job fast in the animation industry (my continuous work is proof of that). The school prepares you to work in the top level animation studios.

I can proudly say that I owe AnimSchool, a whole lot and graduating is one of my biggest achievements. I recommend AnimSchool to anyone who is bent on having a great career – don’t hesitate. You won’t regret it.

Arturo C. - Arturo C.
Muharrem B. - Muharrem B.

I saw myself improve in a HUGE way term after term!

My studies at AnimSchool was a very special time for me. I have never learned as much as I did then. I now work as a 3D Character Animator at Mediamonks after going freelance for 1 1/2 years, but I still miss the interaction with my teachers and getting helpful tips. I’ve come to realize the full value of the critiques now that I am a professional and will forever be grateful to those who had taken the time to polish my skills.

I was amazed by the content provided throughout the animation program, the professional instructors and the unique, high-quality rigs.

Studying at AnimSchool was a very important and challenging step in my career. I was looking for a good online animation school so I could learn from the best instructors in the field: a school that cares about its students before and after the program.


What made AnimSchool even more special were the extra curricular classes offered every term at no extra cost. General reviews (animation/modeling/rigging critiques) and art classes were standouts and made available even to graduates. By taking advantage of every resource generously offered to me by AnimSchool, I was able to infuse my shots with more animation quality, technical details and artistic touches. And surely enough, before I even finished the program I was working on my first feature film!

Khalid O.. - Khalid O.
Marcus N. - MarcusN.

Before AnimSchool, I was working as a modeler and was looking to push my skills further. I looked around and AnimSchool stood out from the crowd.

The instructors I had were extremely top notched. They have working production knowledge and are extremely dedicated to their craft. On a number of occasions, they had to put in extra time to ensure everyone got thorough critiques to move forward with their assignments. The instructors have highly invested in the success of the students and shared their knowledge freely. With that, students can feel safe, trust the quality of the classes and focus on assignments.


In addition, the classmates I had were very self- driven and I learned so much more from them; more than I had expected before joining this community of talented artists. In fact, over at Reel FX I'm working Juan, Daniel and Jeff! This is a true, unbiased testament to what the school offers. AnimSchool was one of the best experiences I've had and I am really proud to be part of this community.

AnimSchool is the best decision I ever made in my life. Thanks to AnimSchool I am now in France working as a Lead Character TD for Dwarf Animation Studios. I have been here for almost 4 years and still dreaming of the day when I could work alongside the professors who taught me.

I chose the Character Program mainly because I love Rigging and there is no other school than AnimSchool that provides a specialized program in Rigging. I learned the full spectrum – from the most important basics to the more complex production practices. It was so much fun meeting my professors who are just amazing at what they do and they inspired and really motivated me to do better everyday.

We also have Dwarf Academy where we train future employees. I teach Rigging and Python coding so I kind of become an Instructor myself :P We have worked on commercials, short films and now currently we are working on three TV Series. AnimSchool is the best decision I ever made in my life. Thanks AnimSchool!

Dilen S. - Dilen S.
Jaview V. - Javier V.

I’ve been very fortunate to work in Spain and France. Luckily, work has been stable but I look forward to the day when I can work in the major studios in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Working as animator is always a difficult challenge and it can get quite competitive. But I have good foundation that I learned from the best and I try to do my best each time.

It’s been three years since I graduated but I still have a soft spot for AnimSchool and always look forward to its news and events. AnimSchool keeps on re-inventing itself and improving with fresh stuff, new rigs and art classes that graduates are free to join. Thanks Dave and the team – AnimSchool was a topnotch experience for me.

Learning about animation in AnimSchool has been one of the best experiences in my life.

I've encountered so many people, students and teachers, who are enormously generous both with their time and their knowledge of animation.

Everything is at your fingertips; online reviews with some of the best animators in the world who really take the time to look at your work, amazing mentors who worked on some of the greatest shots from my favorite movies, inspiring fellow students who you can always ask for feedback, art classes from some of the best people in the business... all you have to do is put in the work.

Mark B. - Mark B.
Carlos R. - Carlos R.

Before I got into AnimSchool, I had worked on a movie and had some sense of how to get it done, but a lot of it was “hit and miss”.

Now I understand how things work; how to make it better and appealing. I used to wonder how our director could plan and create shots so quickly, and effectively. When she gave suggestions to improve my shots and turn it from average to outstanding, I’d ask myself, “why didn’t I think of that?” After AnimSchool, I felt empowered and no longer at a loss on what to do. With some of the commercials we did for Golem Studio, which I partly own, I could say, I nailed it!

I learned a lot of principles and techniques and a whole lot of stuff which I will always be grateful for.

It’s been two years and I’ve spent a lot of time and effort, but I also see that I need more polish to really measure up to what is considered excellent and refined in a competitive field. While still in school, I got really busy working as animator for ads and studio movies so I could not devote as much time to school projects and stretch my limits as I hoped to.

I’m glad that AnimSchool support in terms of reviews, video classes, characters and rigs will be there for me, 100% after I graduate.

AnimSchool has allowed me to advance in a career that is filled with opportunities; a big leap from being obscure to one that has a crack in the international market.

Carlos G. - Carlos G.
Nanda D. - Nanda D.

I’ve learned so much and I’m really happy I chose AnimSchool!

It’s pretty cool that I get to work on characters I love. We are doing a Disney project and this week I’m thrilled that I get to model, rig and animate Donald Duck’s nephews. It’s just super!... it has been a joy and very gratifying from an artist’s perspective.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you again. I can’t quite tell you how much I’ve learned in this whole journey.

Without knowing anything about Maya 2 ½ years ago and be able to do these sort of things today – makes me really proud! I’ll definitely use the Graduate resources – reviews, art classes and anything that will help me grow as an artist. I expect to be working full time but I love the idea of being able to come back to AnimSchool as a graduate and be able to polish the rough edges some more. You even included new rigs and class recordings. Truly awesome!

Martin S. - Martin S.
Maikoe A. - Maikoe A.

You said I had made great strides in body mechanics - I have AnimSchool to thank for that progress.

Couldn’t believe I did it all from scratch - I didn’t know crap about 3D animation before I got here, so it’s really cool!

I have a job now but I’ll be back for general reviews and possibly for gaming studies.

I finished school, got a job and was promoted to Animation Supervisor all because of AnimSchool. It was an awesome, crazy ride thanks to you.

Prior to my studies I had a job as a 3D generalist guy. I was the guy assigned to do practically everything except the main animation - the one thing I've always wanted to do. The day I got accepted into your scholarship program was also the day I lost my job – it couldn’t have been worse because I was set to get married at the end of the term. We didn't even have a proper honeymoon!
Fortunately, Nu Boyana through WWFX, a full service visual effects company based in Bulgaria, hired me immediately based solely on my output from my first class here. I was working as a junior level animator while I was Class 2 and while I was in my Class 4, I was promoted to middle level animator. To top it all, we had a baby girl last December - but I didn't miss even a single lecture, not one! I am so grateful that I am able to finally finish my studies - something that would not have been possible if you had not given me Global Access Discount.

I worked on the post-production of the movie “London Has Fallen”, a job that challenged my artistic and technical abilities to the max!
Before the New Year, I was promoted once again and currently, I am the Animation Supervisor at Nu Boyana. Nu Boyana is owned by Millenium Films – the very same company that did Expendables, Rambo, Olympus Has Fallen, 300 and more.

Dimitar B. - Dimitar B.
Imelda A. - Imelda A.

I earned a well-rounded education which would, at the end of the day, benefit my students in Mexico. Thanks to AnimSchool, I can now teach rigging classes!

I've learned a lot from all the professional animators at AnimSchool! Their stories about daily work in major studios and productions worldwide made the profession come alive for me.

Thanks to the staff for always being there - to welcome us every term, to judge our work, to be continuously aware of our courses. You really cared about our performance; whether we were doing well or not. The grade was not as important as the reviews: you cared so it was never enough to be in that state where we 'just coasted along' because you knew that wouldn’t fly and ultimately, that was the gold standard.

I had done commercials and worked on TV for 5 years, but during my first class at AnimSchool I realized that I didn’t know how to animate yet! This was just so different!

I worked on my last assignment en-route to Australia from Ecuador. I was hired to work as creature animator for Ghostbusters 2016 at Iloura, Sydney. It was a great and pretty challenging experience. Workflow was different than I was used to, because realistic Creature animation has a different approach than character cartoony animation. There were also lots of quick changes with really fast turnaround time. After some time I got used to it. There were also two AnimSchool instructors on board, Terry and Chris who gave me a lot of tips and advice when I needed it.

One of the greatest things here: all the rigs are really appealing and the designs are really cool. And that’s also one of the things Recruiters at studios are looking for, so it was a big plus. I made a very good choice.

Daniel J. - Daniel J.
Victor D. - Victor D.

People whose names I used to see in the movies are now teaching me and giving me the chance to learn face to face with them!

AnimSchool is the greatest way to reach my biggest dream of being an animator! It doesn’t matter where you live, you are always connected to great people and animators around the world! The teachers are always listening and open to hear about what you have to say or what you want to ask with the greatest smile all of the time!

People whose names I used to see in the movies are now teaching me and giving me the chance to learn face to face with them! It just depends on me now! The resources are the best of the best in AnimSchool.

I am now comfortable with modeling, character creation and rigging in Maya.

The truth is when I didn’t pass my first modeling class, I swore to really do well in the next one. Before AnimSchool, I didn’t know how to rig anything even though I had worked at an outsourcing company based in Monterey, Mexico. So I’m quite happy because in these two classes I learned a lot: polish, appeal and quality!

The instructors' feedback made me realize that you’ve got to breathe feeling into anything you modeled. My teachers were an extremely talented lot- equipping us with the tools for which I will always be grateful for. I also gained much from the support and feedback of this very passionate community of students and animation professionals.

Richitos M. - Richitos M.
Ludmila A. - Ludmila A.

High level animation, excellent AnimSchool mentors and good community.

It was so great - I got so much from the school! You know, I already had two years of animation an another school in Moscow but this was a really different experience - high level animation, excellent mentors and good community.

That's cool!

Even though it’s an online school it feels like a whole community of people who I have never met before but became really good friends with.

I am originally from India but living in Dubai. I started AnimSchool approximately 6 months back when I saw their name come up on Google. I was looking for a school teaching specifics rather than a generalist program, thus I joined their Character Program.

After starting I can’t believe I have made the best decision of my life. The teachers are amazing and they teach us sooo perfectly and to the point.

I would recommend each and everyone who wants to learn animation, modeling or rigging, to join AnimSchool for sure, as it’s simply the BEST!

Dilen S. - Dilen S.
Carlos A. - Carlos A.

It's been a blast!

I think it's been a super enjoyable ride here. I kinda struggled in the middle of the body acting class because I felt I had some skills issues, but with the games course, I was super excited and focused my energies into that. The instructors, especially on the games side are among the best there is. They had been super kind with me - they not only taught me how to animate better, they also pushed me to become a good team member. Experienced and respected industry professionals share their vision and expertise so you could be the best!

From class to class I could see a marked improvement in my work.

I had been working on graphic design and then it seemed like I was doing animation stuff without real knowledge about workflows: it’s amazing to learn all these in the past 21 months.

Maxim K. - Maxim K.
Javier V. - Javier V.

AnimSchool is a great online school to use as tool to learn from great professionals in the actual animation industry...

...having the opportunity to interact with them and maintaining professional relationships with all the students.

And at the end, having many sources and utilities to keep learning animation without getting lost in this hard profession.

You mean, I have access to the resources – rigs, reviews, art classes & recordings like for a lifetime?

That General Reviews access is great news because I feel like I’m just starting off!

Indunil R. - Indunil R.

"Online reviews with some of the best animators in the world who really take the time to look at your work." –Mark B.

"Now I know how to make animation better, appealing. After AnimSchool, I feel empowered." –Carlos R.

"AnimSchool has allowed me to advance in a career that is filled with opportunities" –Carlos G.

"I’ve learned so much and I’m really happy I chose AnimSchool! It’s pretty cool that I get to work on characters I love...I’m thrilled that I get to model, rig and animate Donald Duck’s nephews for a Disney project." –Nanda D.

"Without knowing anything about Maya 2 ½ years ago and be able to do these sort of things today – makes me really proud!" –Martin S.

"I didn’t know crap about 3D animation before I got here, so it’s really cool! I have an animation job now." –Maikoe A.

"I finished school, got a job and was promoted to Animation Supervisor--all because of AnimSchool." –Dimitar B.

"I've learned a lot from all the professional animators at AnimSchool! Their stories about daily work in major studios and productions worldwide made the profession come alive for me." –Imelda A.

"I had done commercials and worked on TV for 5 years, but during my first class at AnimSchool I realized that I didn’t know how to animate yet! This was just so different!" –Daniel J.

"I am now comfortable with modeling, character creation and rigging in Maya. Before AnimSchool, I didn’t know how to rig anything." –Richitos M.

"Even though it’s an online school it feels like a whole community of people who I have never met before but became really good friends with...it’s simply the BEST!" –Dilen S.

"The instructors are among the best. They have been super kind with me - they not only taught me how to animate better, they also pushed me to become a good team member." –Carlos A.

"From class to class I could see a marked improvement in my work." –Maxim K.