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Maya for Beginners

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.


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so far

Very clean and relaxing so far, I can understand everything, it’s explained where you can model in maya.

So far I am learning a lot from the course after struggling with other teaching materials.

So far this course has taught me how I can turn a 2D concept into an animation ready 3D piece in Maya.

I'm only about 10 lessons in but so far so good.

So far, the best course I have taken.

So far (at lesson 18 I think) it has been really worth it.

So far yes, it is allowing me to become confident with what is what.

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easy to follow

It is easy to follow and I got used to using MAYA before I realized.

very well explained and easy to follow learning alot thanks for the course!

I have learned new things and the tutorial are easy to follow-Thank you for the work!

Easy to follow, good and relative information with here and there some challenge to figure out by yourself.

Very good in detail, easy to follow.

The whole class was completely understandable and easy to follow.

Have not been disappointed easy to follow along and looking forward to the projects.

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just started

I just started with Maya and this course helped me a lot.

Hands on approach is the best method of teaching <3 I just started this course, but after searching the internet for way too long and not getting very far for super introductory information, I've learned more in the first few videos than hours of searching YouTube.

It seems great do so far am only a hour in to the course I can't complain let's see what the rest of the hours be like I have just started the course, and went through only the first 2 hours, but as a beginner, it is very simple to understand everything until now.

The course is going really well pretty much familiar with interface just started 2 days ago and now on ghost buster trap and enjoying it.

Just started this course but it has been awesome so far!

Sorry I had JUST started the course when I left a 4 start review but after going through it more, I LOVE it.

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so much

This class is everything for a beginner I have learned a lot from it I'm only 6% in it and I learn so much I think that Udemy is actually great, the lot of courses and knowledge is amazing.

The teacher is very experienced & there's so much more included than modelling, which is a big plus for having a rounded out understanding of this advanced software Really good and clear explanation, so satisfied for having this video :) I have been taking courses through pluralsight for about 2 months.

Thank you so much for this course.

Thank you so much Lucas!

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An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Autodesk Partner Specialist $47k

Assistant Autodesk Fire/Smoke Editor $54k

Maya Professor $60k

Autodesk Licensing Specialist $61k

Visual Effects Maya Instructor $72k

Product Manager, Autodesk Fabrication $111k

Maya artist $131k

Maya Tools Engineer Lead $182k

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Rating 4.5 based on 192 ratings
Length 25.5 total hours
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $19
From Udemy
Instructors Video School Online Inc, Lucas Ridley, Video School
Download Videos Only via the Udemy mobile app
Language English
Subjects Art & Design
Tags Design 3D & Animation

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