Intro to Maya | CG Master Academy

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Intro to Maya

A 10-week introductory course using Maya to model, animate, texture, render, and more

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Course Overview

Understand the fundamentals of Maya

Students are introduced to the Maya interface and philosophy, as well as 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, and animation. Lectures cover the application of these tools in the VFX, game, and animation industries. Students will work on multiple projects throughout the course. *Note: Students can qualify for a free Educational license from Autodesk. Please download the course syllabus and visit the Autodesk site for more details. Proof of enrollment can be provided upon request.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   10 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Maya (Students can qualify for a free Educational license from Autodesk. Please download the course syllabus and visit the Autodesk site for more details.)
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   None


What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Scenes and project management | Editors, viewports and menus | Navigation and toolbox | Students will customize specific shelf buttons, hotkeys and marking menus amd create a basic model
Mesh creation and editing tools | Re-topology tools | Students will create simple a simple robot
Surface types overview (NURBS, polygons, and subD) | "Box" modeling | Students will finish modeling the robot character
Creating UVs | Materials, textures, and the hypershade editor | Students will UV the robot character and prepare it for materials
2D and 3D textures | Bump, displacement, and normal maps | Maya and Arnold shaders | 3D Paint | Paint effects | Shading networks | Students will add shaders and textures to their robot character
Lights | Cameras | Action! (just kidding--animation is week 8!) | Rendering in Maya | Renderng in Arnold | Students will light and render their scene
Joints, IK/FK, handles/controls, constraints | Skinning | Blendshapes | Deformers | Students will apply a rig to their characters
The animation editors | The new time editor | Assigning motion capture | Human IK | Students will animate their character
Paint effects | Bullet physics | Nucleus physics | Students will add a cape to their character using nCloth for both modeling and animation
MASH | Sound | Students will experiment with Maya’s newest tools!

Your journey starts here

A longtime veteran of the industry, David began his career illustrating car accidents for the courtroom, which led to illustrating the gruesome injuries caused, which led to illustrating surgical procedures, which led to working on the VFX for dozens of fancy car commercials! This led to VFX work on a wide variety of films, ride films, TV series, and more commercials--which then led to modeling for five Disney animated features and four Disney “apps.” All of this led to his current career as a freelance consultant, modeler, and technical artist for companies working in advertising, design, VFX, games, VR, and big oil. And now all of that has led to doing one of the things he enjoys doing most: teaching.


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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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