Courses 2014

We offer three main categories of courses: 3D Animation, Drawing and Game Development. If you take one step back and look closely, you’ll notice that these areas are actually very closely linked together.

All our courses are made to take you from zero to hero, from the absolute beginner to a decent level where you’ll be able to “survive on your own” :-)

First and foremost, we offer a series of 3D Animation courses where we’ll take you from beginner (no animation experience) through animation basics (Animation 01. Body Mechanics) and more advanced animation techniques (Animation 02. Acting Performance). But if you’ll want more, we’ll hit you you with the Animation 03. Creature Animation course :)

Drawing is linked to both Animation and Gaming, in a very special way; we think everyone can draw and we’re determined to prove this to everyone. You don’t need to have any previous drawing experience, just need to wish to draw and be creative. We’re offering a basic drawing course (Drawing 01. Learn How to Draw) and a more advanced drawing course, geared towards drawing for animation (Drawing 02. Drawing for Animation).

Game Development is a field that, along with 3D Animation, is completely left out from any curricula in the Romanian schools. With the increased number of devices and tools out there, we think anyone can learn how to make games and we’ve prepared two courses to prove it by offering two courses: Games 01. Unity 3D Basics and Games 02. Unity 3D Advanced.

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Animation 01. Body Mechanics

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Animation 01. Body Mechanics introduces the concept of character animation regarding objects and human motion. Students will develop an understanding of Animation Principles, learning the concepts required for creating a believable motion and a balanced movement.

The class is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 01. Intro to Maya Animation
  • Module 02. Animation Basics
  • Module 03. Body Mechanics
  • Module 04. Body Mechanics Advanced

 

Detailed Program

 

  • You can download the detailed program here.

 

Before you start

 

  • no previous experience is needed
  • you’ll need your own laptop
  • you like the idea of animating 3D characters
  • you don’t have to know the software, how to animate or how to draw

 

What you’ll learn

 

  • fundamentals in 3D Character Animation
  • animating an object and giving it life and personality
  • animating a human character with focus on motion
  • how to study and use a live action reference
  • concepts and practical techniques with focus on character animation
  • recognize the most common animation mistakes involving timing, weight and body mechanics

 

Key Facts

 

  • Start Date: to be determined
  • Duration: 5 weekends (10 days)
  • Total hours of instruction: 100 hours
  • Price: 150 RON/week-end (~ 35 EUR/weekend)
  • Location: next course will take place in Bucharest, Romania
  • Students: 9-10 students/class
  • Software: Autodesk Maya, trial version
  • Instructor: Cristina Zoica Dumitru
  • Teaching language: Romanian (+a little bit of English)

 

Schedule

 

  • 5 weekends (10 days)
  • every Saturday & Sunday (onsite, 8-10 hours / day)
  • weekly webcast (middle of week) – critique 1-2 hours, theory lectures

 

After this Class

 

  • you’ll gain animation skills
  • you can take your hobby to the next level
  • you’ll learn to see and feel an animation
  • you’ll be able to animate both human and object characters
  • you’ll develop observation skills
  • you’ll be able to adapt to any 3D animation software (we’ll teach you the animation principles!)
  • you’ll be able to do basic 3D modeling
  • you’ll gain a basic understanding of the animation production pipeline
  • you’ll learn the English terminology for animation
  • you’ll learn how to search for resources, on your own
  • you’ll be able to create a basic demo reel
  • you’ll be ready to take the advanced class: Animation 02. Acting Performance
  • you’ll make new friends

 

Interested?

 

Register Here

Animation 01. Body Mechanics

Animation 02. Acting Performance

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Animation 02. Acting Performance takes the previous class even further by introducing the concepts of pantomime and acting performance with focus on emotions. Students will learn how to make a character appear to think and make decisions. Also they’ll learn to stage their performance and to direct the audience’s attention.

Thic classs is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 01. Body Language
  • Module 02. Facial Performance
  • Module 03. Dialogue Performance
  • Module 04. Acting Performance

 

Detailed Program

 

  • You can download the detailed program here.

 

Before you start

 

  • previous experience is need
  • must have completed our basic animation course or have a portfolio that shows you understand the fundamentals presented there.
  • you’ll need your own laptop

 

What you’ll learn

 

  • fundamentals of an entertaining performance
  • concepts and practical techniques with focus on pantomime
  • develop a fuller understanding of fundamental animation principles
  • animating a human character with focus on emotions
  • how to record and study your own acting reference
  • recognize the most common animation mistakes involving an appealing character

 

Key Facts

 

  • Start Date: to be determined
  • Duration: 5 weekends (10 days)
  • Total hours of instruction: 100 hours
  • Price: 180 RON/week-end (~ 40 EUR/weekend)
  • Location: probably Bucharest, Romania
  • Students: 9-10 students/class
  • Software: Autodesk Maya, trial version
  • Instructor: Cristina Zoica Dumitru
  • Teaching language: Romanian (+a little bit of English)

 

Schedule

 

  • 5 weekends (10 days)
  • every Saturday & Sunday (onsite, 8-10 hours / day)
  • weekly webcast (middle of week) – critique 1-2 hours, theory lectures

 

After this Class

 

  • your animation skills will be even stronger
  • you can take your work to a higher level
  • you’ll be able to add an extra spark of life and appeal into your animation
  • you’ll learn how to animate human characters, both mechanics and emotions
  • you’ll discover that you can be an actor as well, not only an animator
  • you’ll be able to shoot your own video reference
  • you’ll develop good observation skills, related to animation
  • you’ll learn how to evaluate a good rig, be able to give feedback to a rigger
  • you’ll be able to work closely with lead animators (receive feedback, ask the right questions)
  • you’ll gain a deep understanding of the animation production pipeline
  • you’ll be able to put together an awesome demo reel
  • you’ll be ready to take the next class: Animation 03. Creature Animation
  • you’ll make new friends

 

Interested?

 

Register Here

Animation 02. Acting Performance

Animation 03. Creature Animation

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We’re sorry but the Creature Animation course is still in development.

The good news is: the other two animation courses, Animation 01. Body Mechanics and Animation 02. Acting Performance, are ready and accepting applications.

Also, don’t forget you can write us anytime using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Animation 03. Creature Animation

Drawing 01. Learn How to Draw

We’re sorry but the Learn How to Draw course is still in development.

Please come back in a few weeks or, if you want to find more info about it today, send us a short message using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Drawing 01. Learn How to Draw

Drawing 02. Drawing for Animation

We’re sorry but the Drawing for Animation course is still in development.

Please come back in a few weeks or, if you want to find more info about it today, send us a short message using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Drawing 02. Drawing for Animation

Game Dev 01. Unity 3D Basics

We’re sorry but the Unity 3D Basics course is still in development.

Please come back in a few weeks or, if you want to find more info about it today, send us a short message using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Game Dev 01. Unity 3D Basics

Game Dev 02. Unity 3D Advanced

We’re sorry but the Unity 3D Advanced course is still in development.

Please come back in a few weeks or, if you want to find more info about it today, send us a short message using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Game Dev 02. Unity 3D Advanced