Digital Animation (Six Months, Full-Time)

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based at Ealing Studios.


Course Overview


The six-month Digital Animation course begins with a three-week introduction to Maya, Nuke and touches upon other related software that will be used during the course. The topics covered during this six-month intensive period of study are all based on the standard production pipelines used within the industry. The Visual Effects for Animation programme encourages a team-driven production and learning environment, intended to foster and reinforce the highly interdependent production processes used within the film and visual effects industries.  

The programme covers four key areas, each of which cover core skills, including:

Intro to Maya and Nuke Software Training


•    3D Modelling Skills Techniques
•    Texture Mapping Skills Development
•    Lighting and Rendering Skills Development
•    Compositing Skills Development
•    Animation Skills Development

The Animation Production Pipeline


•    Character Modelling and Skinning
•    Skeleton Creation and Rigging
•    Texturing Techniques
•    Principles of Animation 
•    Keyframe Animation Techniques

Creature Production Pipeline


•    Character Design and Modelling
•    Sculpting in Mudbox
•    Texturing in Mudbox
•    Maya to Mudbox Workflows
•    Integration Motion Capture Data

Animation Production


•    On-set Motion Capture and Cleanup
•    Blend Shapes and Lip Sync
•    Incorporating Secondary Animation 
•    Layering Muscle Systems 
•    Simulating Fur, Hair and Flesh

 

Students who demonstrate exemplary communication and teamwork, management, planning and organisation skills, initiative and film sense are awarded the Met Film School Professional Practice Certificate, and access to our Industry Placement Scheme.


For more information Request A Prospectus and our enrolments team will get in touch to talk you through the course.

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based at Ealing Studios.


Course Overview


The six-month Digital Animation course begins with a three-week introduction to Maya, Nuke and touches upon other related software that will be used during the course. The topics covered during this six-month intensive period of study are all based on the standard production pipelines used within the industry. The Visual Effects for Animation programme encourages a team-driven production and learning environment, intended to foster and reinforce the highly interdependent production processes used within the film and visual effects industries.  

The programme covers four key areas, each of which cover core skills, including:

Intro to Maya and Nuke Software Training


•    3D Modelling Skills Techniques
•    Texture Mapping Skills Development
•    Lighting and Rendering Skills Development
•    Compositing Skills Development
•    Animation Skills Development

The Animation Production Pipeline


•    Character Modelling and Skinning
•    Skeleton Creation and Rigging
•    Texturing Techniques
•    Principles of Animation 
•    Keyframe Animation Techniques

Creature Production Pipeline


•    Character Design and Modelling
•    Sculpting in Mudbox
•    Texturing in Mudbox
•    Maya to Mudbox Workflows
•    Integration Motion Capture Data

Animation Production


•    On-set Motion Capture and Cleanup
•    Blend Shapes and Lip Sync
•    Incorporating Secondary Animation 
•    Layering Muscle Systems 
•    Simulating Fur, Hair and Flesh

 

Students who demonstrate exemplary communication and teamwork, management, planning and organisation skills, initiative and film sense are awarded the Met Film School Professional Practice Certificate, and access to our Industry Placement Scheme.


For more information Request A Prospectus and our enrolments team will get in touch to talk you through the course.

Learning Goals


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

 
- Sculpt photo-realistic 3D creatures

 

- Capture on-set motion data

 

- Integrate the traditional Principles of Animation

 

- Add dynamic finishing FX such as CG cloth, fur and hair

 

- Communicate effectively as a member of a production team

 

- Problem-solve effectively and construct dynamic production workarounds

 

- Work seamlessly between industry standard visual effects software packages

 

Graduates of this course can expect to have acquired the skills necessary for entry as a junior artist within the Visual Effects industry, such as:



Layout & Previz Artists
Layout artists are responsible for staging every shot and pre-visualising the action that will take place in every scene. Whereas a traditional storyboard artist creates a 2D representation of the individual shots within a production, a Previz artist creates a 3D representation of a storyboard including both spatial information and camera motion.
 

 

Texture Artist

A texture artist is required to create all the textures for all of the models, objects and environments within the production. Ideally a texture artist will also have skills as a 3D modeller and vice-versa. But the larger the production the more likely modelling and texturing processes are treated as separate jobs within the production pipeline.  

 

 

Character Finishing Artist
The role of the Character Finishing artist is to animate the effects of fur, cloth or musculature on a character. These FX are applied subsequent to the primary animation of the character, hence the name. These additional reactive layers of animation are intended to add a sense of realism to the overall movement of the character.

 

Course Dates & Fees

 

 


Course Dates: 14 April 2014 - 03 October 2014, £8,000  

Course Dates: 03 November 2014 - 24 April 2015, £8,000  

Course Dates: 13 April 2015 - 25 September 2015, £8,000   

 

 

Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

 

 

 

Entry Requirements: Our Digital Animation course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.


 

 

Enrolment Process: See the enrolment process for our Six-Month programmes.

 

 

 

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