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Posted: July 21, 2006
Greetings everyone!

First, I hope this is the most appropriate forum I could have placed this in...

I'm hoping that a few of you may have some recommendations for me.

I'm searching for any 3D animation schools which offer fairly short programs. By short, I mean in the area of a year. School location is of lesser concern for me.

My plan is to complete one of these schools, and if everything works out for me, move on to a bachelor degree school like Full Sail. I know it sounds, well, counter productive, but I'm trying to ensure my success before going after a hefty loan for a 4 year school right off the bat. I'm open to suggestions from you guys as well.

I feel I can do very well in animation, but my artist skills are not currently 100% (although, they are decent). I need to get started drawing again like I used to, to hopefully perfect my true animation abilities in-turn.

Would you guys who have been through all of this out there say that drawing abilities relate to animation as much as shear ability to develop ideas in the mind? I feel that I could render some very good ideas with a program to help, and can even visualize them very clearly when I imagine, but it seems tough at times to get them to look good on paper.

One of the schools I have looked at is DAVE school in Orlando FL. It seems to be what I am looking for, but I would like to look at some others in comparison before making a final decision. Does anyone have any comments about this school in particular?

I appreciate any help with this topic.

Posted: July 28, 2006
3d artist gallery Andyba
Hi Marshall
Do you mean something like Gnomon?

Here are some links you can check:

Vancouver Film School - http://www.vfs.com/
Offers full and part-time courses in classical animation as well as 3D animation and digital effects.
CalArts - School of Film/Video - http://www.calarts.edu/
Includes detailed information on the famous Character and Experimental animation programs.
The Art Institutes - http://www.artinstitutes.edu/
Over 22 schools across the U.S. offering Bachelor's and Associate's Degrees in many areas of Design and Media Arts.
Miami International University of Art & Design - http://www.artinstitutes.edu/miami/
Strong focus on character and story telling, also emphasis on cinematic techniques, including traditional film production and video editing. Demo REEL and mastering real world situations are the focus of the curriculum.
Max the Mutt Animation School - http://www.maxthemutt.com/
Private Toronto school specialising in representational art and animation.
Gnomon School of Visual Arts - http://www.gnomonschool.com/
Gnomon specializes in high-end computer graphics training for the entertainment industries.
Center for Digital Imaging Arts - http://www.digitalimagingarts.com
The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University offers extensive, practical, hands-on training in the rapidly emerging digital arts fields.
Academy of Digital Animation - http://www.coyote3d.com/
Intensive program designed and delivered by experienced industry professionals.
Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) - http://www.vanarts.com
One-year certificate and two-year diploma programs in classical and computer animation. Part-time and summer intensive courses also offered.
Mesmer Animation Labs - http://www.mesmer.com
A high-tech training center for the information age, specializing in cuting-edge tools for graphics, animation, and special effects. Mesmer is an authorized training facility for Softimage, Alias/Wavefront Maya, and NewTek graphics tools.
The Animation Academy - http://www.theanimationacademy.com/
Founded in 1998 and located in Burbank, California, the international capital of the industry. The school specializes in training artists for careers in traditional character animation.
AWN Animation School Directory - http://www.awn.com/newsstand/00schooldir.php3
A comprehensive worldwide list of animation courses and schools.
Redhouse College of Animation - http://www.redhousecollege.com
Animation program provides professional career training in animation. The traditional skills taught apply to Classical Animation, Computer Animation, Flash and stop motion.
New Media Campus - http://www.newmediacampus.com/
Located in Regina and Saskatoon, NMC teaches Classical Animation, 3D Animation, and Multimedia In-class and Online
3D3 World Training - http://www.3D3world.com
3D animation, web design and multimedia training in Tuscany, Italy.
Jacksonville University - http://art.ju.edu
JU prepares students for entry into careers as professional artists, designers, and animators.
Animation Exploration - http://www.visualartsbrampton.com/
Weekly Brampton, Ontario course taught by Sheridan instructor, former Disney animator.
Cartoons By Kids - http://www.cartoonsbykids.com
A cartoon workshops that teach basic drawing skills and 2-D animation to kids. Founded by Emmy winner Byron Vaughns.
Animation Portfolio Workshop - http://www.portfolioworkshop.com
Two former instructors from Sheridan College Classical Animation offer a program in how to assemble a portfolio to enter animation school.
Classical Animation at Sheridan College - http://www.sheridanc.on.ca/academic/arts/animation/index.html
Information on applying to the program, as well as links to other Animation programs at Sheridan.
The Center For Character Animation - http://www.hometown.aol.com/toonschool/cfca.html
Traditional animation school located in Levittown, Long Island, headed by Emmy Award Winning animator Brian Mitchell. Teaches classes in design, storyboarding, animation, assistant animation, and anatomy.
The Animation Design Center - http://www.animationdesigncenter.com
Learn to draw characters, backgrounds and props for the animation industry.
Moving Ideas Animation - http://www.movingideasanimation.com
Moving Ideas Animation offers classes in traditional animation and modern animation in flash located in sydney Australia.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design - http://www.mcad.edu/degree/fs-bfa_anim.htm
Information on the four year animation degree.
The institute of character animation - http://www.icacalifornia.com
ICA is a animation school taught by currently employed animation professionals bringing their experiance to a new and exciting educational animation program.

Dave School - http://www.daveschool.com/
The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School
Posted: September 02, 2010
nice post guys... Thanks a lot. Appreciate this. Smile
Posted: October 10, 2010
This online school looks cool try:
Posted: October 20, 2010
3d artist gallery Andyba
animationateam.com seems to be a great online school for creature animation.
Check their Animation Reel here:
Posted: November 22, 2010
Wow! Nice resource.
I was looking for 3D animation schools myself.
Thank you Andyba.
Posted: November 27, 2010
Where does DAVE School fit on that list?
Posted: February 02, 2011
I'm actually pretty interested in online schools myself. I'm thinking of going to TheRydanWorkshop. I went to their open house the other day and I saw their online environment and met their teachers. They seem pretty cool.
Posted: September 19, 2011
I want to learn 3D, but has no chance! Very Happy Very Happy
Posted: December 04, 2011
I think i'll go research all of those schools and find the best one for me. Though I still think I could learn it faster by myself than in a class room.
Posted: January 10, 2012
If I want to learn animation, do I really need to go to art school that specializes this or regular universities ?
Posted: January 19, 2012
3d artist gallery Andyba
Clautius, an art school that specializes in digital animation will be more useful for becoming an animator than whatever you mean by "regular university".
Posted: January 21, 2012
Sweet post. Lot of good information here
Posted: February 14, 2012
Hey guys after 10 successful years in London, Escape Studios have now opened in Santa Monica LA. We are a successful and respected CG academy and a proving ground for a new generation of computer graphics stars breaking into film, TV, games and commercials.
Please check us out
Posted: March 15, 2012
Hi guys look at those amazing online schools below
Posted: March 15, 2012
Hi guys, here is the most perfrect online schools for learning animation


those school have the most professional teachers from Diesny, Pixar, DreamWorks and BlueSky Studios

i'm currently in AnimSchool and i really love it and also there is a Modeling and Rigging program if u want
Posted: June 27, 2012
Hi Guys,

Im looking for advice on some really good 3d animation programs/schools in nyc. im just starting off with minimal experience and any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Does anyone have feedback on NYIT or perhaps the 1 year program NYFA offers? I would like to avoid general education courses and mainly focus on all things 3D. Thank You!!Smile
Posted: July 26, 2012
Has anyone heard of Lost Boys Studios?

I hear they are at 96% success rate. It looks like they are VFX and 3D only. I like that because you don't have to waste time with life drawing or 2D animation if you don't want to.
Posted: August 07, 2012
MarcusZaky wrote:
Hi guys look at those amazing online schools below

Those three schools are pretty cool. I was looking into Animschool also. I wasn't sure until I did the research I like the aspect of character creation as well as just animating. How do you like it?

Good Luck!

Posted: September 20, 2012
Good post. Thanks for sharing the information

You can Learn 3D animation at http://www.fatballoonanimations.com
Posted: October 04, 2012
Hi Marshall and everyone who has posted!

In answer to your question, I recently found an online animation training program that looks very promising and helpful to those who desire to learn more about 3D animation from industry professionals!

They also have a webpage on Facebook.

I hope this was helpful! Smile

Best of luck to you all,

Posted: April 29, 2013
Hi there,

I'm currently a student at the Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC. I don't think anyone here has posted about us yet, but we offer and associates (2 years) and a BA (3 years). You learn the basics of everything and then expand on the subject you wish to pursue. I graduate in June and I've had a great experience here! It's intense, but totally worth it! Smile
Posted: February 02, 2017
Radhika Iyer
Hi Everyone,
If you looking for a Bsc degree in 3D animation Course after 12th then you can visit Times and Trends Academy as well. They have expert faculties and 100% placement assistance. I have been there and I am impressed with the way their experienced faculties train.

Visit their website to get their Fee Structure and curriculum: http://timesandtrendsacademy.com/course/3d-animation-courses/
Posted: April 06, 2017
Stephan Ielpz
Hi guys ,

Thanks for sharing these amazing list of schools.

I did a Bsc degree in 3D animation Course (http://dskic.in/animation/course) from 2013 – 2016 at the DSK International Campus. This Design School is located in Pune India. The faculty and infrastructure of the school make up to its program youth. They have expert faculties which are from the animation industry. They teach you how to think and how to be a designer. They give 100% job placement.
Posted: April 07, 2017
3d artist gallery Andyba
Thank you Stephan and welcome to 3dmd forums. I had a look at the students' work and it is impressive.
Posted: September 27, 2019
Hello Friends,
If you looking for a VFX Course after 12th then you can visit Times and Trends Academy as well. They have expert faculties and 100% placement assistance. I have been there and I am impressed with the way their experienced faculties train.

Visit their website to get their Fee Structure and curriculum: https://timesandtrendsacademy.com/course/vfx-course/
Posted: January 12, 2022
alyona p.
Hey! Are there any 3D jewelry designers among us?
I would like to recommend a course on rendering jewelry in KeyShot. Maybe someone will need it. The course is really good!
Here is link: https://learn.3djewels.pro/product/jewelry-rendering-with-keyshot-10-course/
Posted: January 15, 2022
Hi there, I got here looking to learn 3D modelling/animation, so this topic really helps me and will definately check these sites out. One question though, and sorry to post it here, but I wasn't sure if the hardware section had any movement nowadays.

For someone that is about to start diving on this discipline, and needs the basic to develop 3D art on a budget, even if it takes longer to render or can't use the more complex lighting/textures for now, which processor would you recommend me to buy? I'm between the new 12th gen i5 12600K which seems to exceed everything that was expected from it (maybe there's some marketing also but benchmarks shouldn't be tempered results) having 10 cores and 16 threads; or Ryzen 9 5900X which is older but has 12 and 24 threads.
Because of the price difference in motherboards, these two builds are the same final price at least where I live at, but of course the i5 would mean all new gen components and motherboard that could be convenient for life expectance of the build.
If anyone has any notes on this, they will be much apreciated. Thanks in advance!