$2K to $4.4K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Basic understanding of rigging, modeling, animation and scripting
$47K to $135K
Based on US job data
Foundations & Design Program overview
Understand the role of a Character TD
Think of the rigging department as the "special forces" of the CG pipeline, diligently working their magic behind the scenes using a deep knowledge of 3D tools, anatomy, coding, math and physics. Throw in the fact that strong communication skills are essential in order to be able to bridge the Modeling and Animation Departments--taking the models built by the former and turning them into something that can be efficiently used by the latter--and this is a hugely demanding but uniquely rewarding role. Our in-depth Character TD | Rigging Program takes students step-by-step through the tools and techniques used by animation, visual effects, and video game studios. Working through a series of classes with a strong emphasis on practical work, they will learn how to build rigs for a wide variety of model and character types using the latest industry-standard methods. Advanced techniques for facial work, cloth, simulations, scripting and tool development are all covered, putting those who successfully complete the courses in an ideal position to develop their careers in this highly desirable field. Enrolling into a CGMA Program is a simple and painless affair. Once you've decided on which program you want to complete, simply register and start taking the classes outlined in your program's block list. That's it! On average, we recommend 1-to-2 courses per term. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term (so no need to pay for an entire program upfront). And, after completing all the block-courses in a given program, you will be awarded a Program Certificate of Completion.
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I absolutely loved this course predominantly because of the instructor. Juan is such a pleasure to talk to, and shares the wealth of knowledge he has on the subject very willingly. He definitely goes above and beyond in answering questions and introducing new plugins and scripts.
I thought Juan was a great coach. I had to withdraw from the class on the third week because this is not the route I want to take with my career. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this instructor.
Instructor was very helpful and thorough with feedback.
Juan was awesome! I learned so much in these few short weeks.
The instructor is clearly an incredibly talented professional. Transferring his knowledge to other learners/students/professionals in different disciplines requires improvement.
Ehsan was an amazing instructor. The initial lectures were already spot on to start with. He was always helpful, always wanted us(students) to learn as much as possible and to get the most out of him and his course. I really enjoyed learning from Ehsan. I could probably go on and on about how great Ehsan is... Overall, I am happy that he was my lecturer, I couldn't ask for anyone better.
Ehsan is very good at what he does, he is clearly a professional in his field and I admire learning from him and getting feedback! - - Ehsan is a fantastic tutor and rigger!
Ehsan Kiani was superb. For lectures, he is very knowledgeable and shows quite extensively the process from start to finish. - - All in all, I really liked Ehsan Kiani and I hope to work with and learn from him again.
The instructor was informative, helpful and open to communication throughout the duration of the course. Cannot recommend enough.
I really appreciate the instructor's attitude in conveying the material and he worked hard to try and teach us advanced approaches and details.
I liked how he kept what little mistakes he made in the videos and showed how he fixed them, it provided substantial amount of insight to the thought process to being a good rigger.
I learned a lot about Maya Rigging Characters for Facial Expressions in this class. The instructor enlightened and motivated students to learn.
I learned exactly what I wanted and more.
He is a great teacher! We know he was busy with his job but even though he had other commitments, he always answered our questions and helped us find solutions.
Michael Spalla / Spring 2017
Nico is a genius! I learned much great info about Maya and rigging in general.
Ilke Alers/ summer 2017
The course was very well structured and offered a wide range of information. As well as a lot of additional info, tips & tricks.
Heather Mann /Spring 2017
- Nico is very good at explaining and giving feedback on how to improve material. Also very encouraging.
Kyle is an amazing teacher and the course has really increased my confidence in body mechanics particularly, and character animation in general. I struggled with body mechanics a lot before this course and I was on the verge of giving up. Now I feel a renewed love for the art of animation and I am poised to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a professional animator. I am very happy with the course and with Kyle’s mastery, dedication and attentiveness as a teacher and animator.
Great instructor who has in-depth knowledge on animation. He was always willing to help and gave good, honest feedback about the work I produced.
Excellent instructor. Clearly knows the content and provides fantastic critiques on a timely basis. This was a great experience.
Kyle did an amazing job. He's enthusiastic, has a lot of knowledge and he knows how to teach in a pleasant and efficient way.
Kyle is an awesome instructor and he shared a lot of useful information especially in his Q&As. I wish could of spent more time on the class.
Michael is a very efficient and energetic instructor, which I love because the course material can become so much more dense. I feel like I got to learn a lot in a very short amount of time because of that.
Michael is an excellent teacher. I can't believe how much I learned during this course. I would definitely take any course he teaches in the future.
He is extremely knowledgeable and very generous in how he shares what he knows with the class.
Excellent. Seems really into the material and in helping the students with their particular problems.
One of the greatest teachers I ever had. Always had more to teach and show while doing so in a way that was quick to grasp. I did not expect my comfort in Zbrush to scale so fast in several weeks.
He taught students how to USE the ENTIRETY of Zbrush in 6 weeks! The reason I could never get into Zbrush, was that no instructor I found, ever, used or explained all the tools in Zbrush. I can’t believe I'm box modelling with Zbrush now, I mean, WOW. This is a skill I know very few Zbrush users have, because very few artists know how to use it. Thanks to Michael I do. No more need to import box modelling from other programs like Maya, or Blender. I can do it in Zbrush!
Awesome teacher—I would take other classes taught by David without giving it second thought. Very knowledgeable and friendly, assignments are paced very well, lots of great info that is useful with real applications.
David Mooy speaks in a relaxed manner and doesn't sound rushed, which is a big plus for students who are not native English speakers.
He was great and very helpful!
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