Thursday, July 21, 2011

3D Schools, Workshops and Training

Wow, this would be a big topic to cover for webinar, forum-based class, workshop, school, training or course.

ONLINE SCHOOLS AND TRAINING (why online, for many people, especially after the college age is much more comfortable taking an online class, workshop.. being able to study at own pace. There are many companies/schools out there offering paid training, as some of them are really excellent. Either you want to polish your skills, or start from beginning, here I will include my ongoing research for the such):


ANIMATION MENTOR: - is by far one of the best on the industry, as i hear many and very positive feedbacks. It's about 21K for about 1 year and half (18 months program), and as far as I know its "online, though I think they have a campus in LA.
They concentrate ONLY on animation, so no other training would be covered as modeling and texturing - NONE.

Beginner modeling:

The NY based company 3DTi -
I personally tried it and was very satisfied. Its a WEBINAR, which means, you have specific time you have to log to a website and have LIVE session (for about 4 hours with 30 min break) with instructor and classmates. The Basic program for beginners - you have to choose either MAX or MAYA (well, i chose Maya) and it covers the architectural visualization - first step, having a project done for 4 weeks - from start to finish.. and its about $1000. Do not expect miracles, it all depends on how much effort you put in it, as well as talent, but they do have a student gallery online you can check.
Their intermediate program is 3 months long and about 3.5K - covers a car modeling, VFX and animation (1 month for each).

DIGITAL TUTORS (changed its name to PLURALSIGHT):
They used to have a lot of DVD training, but I think right now is subscription-based, and as far as I know - NO mentor based training, learn at your own pace.


GNOMON school of Visual effects -
I have to tell that I am amazed of that school, located in LA, I hear many great feedbacks. You don't get a diploma from them, even though they have 1, 2 and 3 year programs. Starting from about $20K to $80K. Yes, quite expensive.. but can't beat knowledge!
They also offer ONLINE classes, separately, depending on your desire and need. A class is about $1700 per topic and its 8 weeks long forum-based training. This means - you have your mentor upload the videos, which you have to follow and then ask your question in the forums.

The Gnomon WORKSHOP - - is a different site (close to Digital Tutors) that offers various DVD's and self-directing trainings.

I see more and more artists creating their own little but helpful tutorials on various of subjects using the gumroad platform - each price vary most from $5, $15, $20 and up. Since gumroad doesn't have a gallery or list to choose those tutorials from, here is a nice forum thread in polycount with bunch of names:

SKILLSHARE - A website community for online learning and sharing skills
(monthly subscription $9.95 OR buy a class for $20).


Some of THE BEST workshops out there are from CGSOCIETY.
They have various workshops, unfortunately you have to be either subscribed to their mailing list, or check the website often, because their schedule is UNPREDICTABLE :)
Well, they do have some world-known instructors and trust me... for their prices - those workshops are PRECIOUS!
I took a couple with them and I am quite satisfied. For about $599 (you get 10% OFF if you are a CGSociety member, which is about $50 per year) - they have 8 week forum based class.

ZBRUSHWORKSHOPS (Visualarium, UArtsy) - MASTERCLASSES - Ryan Kingslien - probably THE MOST famous Zbrush Teacher/ Mentor/ Instructor out there. I have heard ALOT of recommendations for his classes, especially for ANATOMY.
ZbrushWorkshops (aka Visualarium, UArtsy) is becoming more of a online digital school with one of the best instructors in CG Industry, definitely worth checking it out. A class is about 10 weeks and about $1000. Weekly or bi-weekly webinar live critiques with the instructor.
Kris Costa, Ryan Kingslien, Steve Lord, Cesar Zambelli

Probably one of THE BEST ANATOMY classes outhere. About $500 per 8 weeks. Highly recommended for learning Anatomy.

Also check out this great site:
Workshop, classes and products (like Male and Female figures of anatomy study).

Mostly ON-site in California, classes go filled up fastly - about $1200-1500 per ONE week (intensive class). Also a lot of sculpting in clay classes, they do have some digital ones (ZBrush).

Philippe Faraut - SCULPTING - books, Dvds, wroskhop based in NY state. - worshop, classes and seminars -

NEW MASTERS ACADEMY - pretty new website - early registration is $19 per month (2013).
TONS of great classes, courses and workshops!! Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Composition, Anatomy, 3D Content.. Subscription based - $19 per month for video lessons, $29 per month for video lessons + 3D content. 7 days free trial.

STAN WINSTON School of Character Design - Learn Monster Making from the masters of FX.
Webinars, unlimited videos for monthly subscription of $19.99 (4 tutorials), $29.99 (7 tutorials), $49.99 (Unlimited), $299.99 PER YEAR (Unlimited) OR Buy Separate DVD or mini tutorials. Free 3 day trial.

THE RYDAN WORKSHOP - For about $450 per 8 week class.

SCOOLISM - classes with Video feedback or Self-taught (for 100 days)
Creature Design with Anthony Jones, Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu, ZBrush with Michael Defeo

Phoenix Atelier -
The Heart of ZBrush - Damian Szeibert, Alex Oliver, FANTASTIC FANTASY - Adrian Smith, Sculpting Creatures - Aris Kolokontes, Digital Creatures - Andrew Baker, Creature Creation For Film - Bo Mosley, Character Pipeline for Games - Kurt Papstein, Creature Design - Cesar Dacol Jr
- About $800 per class, 8 weeks total, once a week live session with teacher.

CG MASTER ACADEMY - MASTER Classes around $700 per class.
2D Academy - 1) Foundation & Design Program, 2) Character Design Program, 3) Environment Design Program - 6 Terms EACH Program.
3D Academy - Character Arts Program - 4 Terms

CG Circuit - there are some interesting Video Tutorials some free, from $1, $4.99, $6.99 to $35.

CGZen - an amazing online platform to learn Zbrush, online classes with personal attention - in Bulgarian Language, sometimes translated in English.

Architectural Visualization:
I think i have a respect for the Russians. This guy is offering a crazy (expensive and awesome) class on the architectural topic. I , personally never tried it, but seeing what he has to offer.. i am tempted.


GNOMON school of Visual effects

Escape Studios -
Based in London, UK, with a branch in LA, Usa. It is quite famous school by the way. They offer Classroom courses and Online courses. Also offer Online Mentored Courses and Online Self-Directed Courses (as the last one is cheaper).

Vancouver Film School (VFS) -
A totally amazing (and veeery expensive) school, located in Vancouver, Canada. Their programs are only 1 year for about $50K Canadian Dollars.

The Game Character Academy (Judd Simantov & Rich Diamant)
The Character Art is priced at $14,400 (US Dollars) for the full 18 month course. (or $2,400 per semester), One Workshop at about $1200.

Full Sail University

Dave School - Orlando, Florida
PROGRAMS - Visual Effects Production  48 weeks - $33, 500 / Game Production 60 weeks - $ 33, 500.

The Art Department - TAD - Virtual Art School - full time, part time programs - online courses
Individual class - $1300, full time program - $36 000 for the full 36 month program.
Animation Classes, Four-Week Seminars, Part Time / Individual Classes, Illustration Academy.

JUST LINKS - no comments:


The Art Department


Zack Petroc Studios - Classes range from 7-10 weeks in length and $700-$850


Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

Academy of Art University - School of Game Design:

CG Workshop:

CG Cookie (Blender) - subscription for tutorials for $18 per month.

Think Tank Training Centre - ONE YEAR PROGRAMS

CGMW - CG Master Workshop Online

3D Training Academy

Art Connection Academy - Animation Workshops, Illustration Academy. Seminar Classes for about $500.

Red Engine Studios:

Noah's Art Camp - 12 weeks of intensive art study with Noah Bradley

Personalized, Professional Critique & Tutoring for Concept Artists and Illustrators

David Simon Art Sculpture - Van Nuys, California

Great LIST of Topics about 3D SCHOOLS:

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