Intro to 3D Character Animation

8. 6. - 12. 6. 2020
5 days + online [60 hours]
/ 12 participants
beginner - intermediate

400 EUR

per participant

Open call
Deadline: 30.04.2020

Explore the world of 3D character animation!

The course is an intensive program designed for animators who plan to enter animation and game industries.

The course provides an opportunity to develop basic 3D animation skills and workflows as the first step toward 3D character animation expertise as it is expected in today’s world of digital animation. It boosts your character animation skills in 3D, and as such, it is an opportunity to enter animating in 3D for 2D animators.

You will be introduced to the art of 3D character animation while focusing on boosting essential skills and understanding of the craft. The aim is to help zero-experience or beginner animators to get their foot into the door of the industry and start making a living.

About the course

You will be introduced to the Maya software and 3D character animation through a series of exercises. The focus is on body mechanics and physical actions during this basic training.

Due to the intensive, dedicated, and personal character of the course setting, you will also earn a substantial working experience in collaboration with a hosting supervisor and networking with other participants.

On completion of the course, you will be able to

  • understand the principles of animation and the industry animation tools in 3D,
  • make an educated decision whether you want to pursue this field as your career choice or not,
  • get a list of exercises to further practice at home,
  • get 3 additional feedbacks from the mentors on your homework after the completion of the course.

How it works

The program of the course consist of 5-day residential training in Prague followed by online consultation of assigned exercises.

The program provides participants with dedicated and intensive time and space for learning by doing under the direct supervision of an experienced industry professional.

During the residential part, morning lectures and demos are combined with quick animation exercises with set deadlines. Afternoons are dedicated to lab time and personal one-on-one guidance between an animator and a visiting supervisor.

Lesson plan


  • GUI,  Orientation, Primitive Shapes, Graph Editor, Display Layers, Timetable, Set a project, Preferences
  • Attribute editor, Outliner, Grouping, Parenting, Ghosting, Hiding and showing objects
  • Camera, Playblasts
  • Deformers, Constrains, Import audio
  • Path animation, Editable Motion Trail, Animation Cycles
  • Use set driven keys
  • Grouping / Parenting, Hypergraph


  • Ball Bouncing across the screen / car racing, Pendulum
  • Pendulum with a ball
  • Ball in an obstacle course
  • Flour Sack jumping / running
  • Flour Sack jumping off a pool board
  • Character Walk
  • Character being hit by something simple (ball, brick, book)

Who is it for

2D animators, animation students, 3D artists, beginners level

Where will this get me?

All participants will get well-respected qualification within the industry, demonstrating you’ve studied an industry-based course and have the practical, hands-on skills studios are looking for.

Our students go on to work in many areas of the industry. See some of their success stories.

You can consider junior level opportunities as 3D character animator on completion of the course.


Fees: 400 EUR

The fee covers the fee of the course. It doesn’t cover accommodation, meals, and travel.
Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:

  • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
  • Restaurant meal between 5 – 10 EUR
  • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week


Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). SEE THE DETAILS AND CONDITIONS HERE.


Cancellation Policy

The fee of 50% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course into which one gets accepted.

Selection process


Reservation is binding, but you won’t pay at this moment

Open call

Waiting for more participants to register for the course

Registration deadline

At this moment, the selection of participants begins

Invitation & Billing

You will recieve an invitation letter with billing info.


CAD Studio

Providing ANOMALIA with the Autodesk Maya animation software training, CAD Studio is the top Autodesk partner in the Czech and Slovak markets.