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Autodesk Maya: An Introduction

Autodesk Maya: An Introduction

London College of Communication
Taught by
Florian Stephens, A respected industry expert


This course is a great introduction to Autodesk Maya 3D animation, the software behind Frozen and the special effects in Game of Thrones. Taught through demos and hands-on workshops, by the end of the course you will be able to create a simple 3D environment with texture and light.

Maya 3D animation, modelling, simulation and rendering software offers artists a comprehensive creative tool set. These tools provide a starting point to realise your vision in modelling, animation, lighting and VFX. You will get to grips with Maya's interface, learning how to navigate the interface, use various tools, edit objects and setup a scene with lights.

Topics Covered

  • View Menu Options
  • Shading Menu Options
  • Filters and Tear off
  • Setting up the Project
  • Creating Objects
  • Basics of Selection
  • Objects
  • The Pivot Point
  • Hypershade
  • Shading Terminology
  • Applying Basic Shaders
  • Using File Textures
  • Light Types
  • Light Attributes
  • Lighting the Scene
  • Adding Shadows
  • Adding a Camera
  • Render Globals
  • Batch Rendering
  • Using FCheck

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Navigate the software comfortably
  • Create an environment that is textured and lit
  • Understand how 3D design software is used in film and TV

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for you if you are an aspiring 3D Artist, Animator, Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Film Maker who wants to expand their knowledge base of animation and 3D software.

Beginner: You should have basic computer skills and preferably some Photoshop or Illustrator skills.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke Autodesk Maya courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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Tutor Description

Florian Stephens is a visiting Lecturer in the School of Media at LCC and a freelance 3D graphics artist and designer. He specialises in high quality 3D modelling and animation, from photorealistic imagery and visualisation, to stylistic animation for TV and web-based 3D virtual assets. 

Florian has an extensive portfolio of 3D projects which demonstrates his work for clients such as the Daily Telegraph Homes Magazine, Rimmel and MTV.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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