Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Animation 12 Week Course Starts on 5th July

"The Niffler" - animated at Framestore in London
Our next animation short course - three months of intensive training in 3D animation - starts on 5th July 2019.

The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya, and aims to take students to a professional level of skill. 

What kind of work do our students do?
Our students achieve high standards in both character and creature animation. To see our latest demo reel, check out the video above.

Autodesk Maya
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya - now the industry standard software. You might be a 2D animator wanting to break into 3D, or a graduate who didn’t get the right skills at university – or someone with no experience of animation who wants to make a career change. We teach all our students from scratch, and our goal is to make you job-ready by the end of the course.

What's this course all about?
We take you through all the essential principles of animation from the very beginning – bouncing a ball – through to sophisticated character and creature animation. We start with the basics of motion and locomotion, building up to pantomime, character performance, and also tackling animals and creatures. The 12 week course runs alongside our new MA in animation, with both groups of students being taught together.

Head of animation Alex Williams
London has a strong focus on visual effects work and we want our students to be able to tackle the challenges and opportunities in our local market. By the end of the course you should have a polished video portfolio in the shape of an online demo reel to help you find work in this growing but competitive industry. To see some of our recent student demo reels, follow this link.

Course Design
The animation program has been tweaked refined over many years, constantly being adapted to suit the needs of industry, and following extensive industry consultation.

When does it start and finish?
The course starts on 5th July 2019 and lasts for 12 weeks.

Where is the course taught?
The 3D Animation course is taught at our Central London Campus at 190 High Holborn, WC1

Lee Caller teaches a class at Escape Studios
Who teaches the course?
The lead tutor for the 12 week course is Lee Caller, an excellent animator with a superb sense of comic timing and storytelling.

Other tutors include myself, and some of the many talented animators who work at Escape Studios.

Most recently we have welcomed Aardman animation director Simone Giampaolo to the animation team. Every animator has their own unique workflow and areas of specialism, so having a variety of tutors helps our students get a broad range of approaches to animation.

Industry Mentor
Our industry mentor for this course is London VFX powerhouse DNEG.  Seamus Malone, DNEG animation supervisor, has kindly agreed to be the industry mentor for our animation students. 

Final Brief
The course builds up to a final industry brief, which includes a character performance shot and also a demo reel. To read more about the final industry brief, read this blog post.

Escapee Chan Sagoo worked on Lion King
Career opportunities
Our students go on to work in many areas of the industry including 3D animation for films, TV, games, and visual effects. After the classroom course is over we offer three months of online mentoring, so that our students can continue to refine and polish their skills. We take aftercare very seriously – since it can take time to put together a job-ready demo reel, we make sure our students get the time and practice that they need to refine their work to make them job-ready.

Success Stories
To see some of our Escape Studios animation success stories, follow this link. We're proud of our track record of helping our students break into industry, such as 2018 Escapee Chan Sagoo, now working as an animator on Lion King.

Student Work
To see some of the excellent work done by students at Escape Studios, check out our YouTube Channel.

Where can you sign up?
Follow this link to the official site.


The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MArt starting in September 2019, follow this link. We train all our students with practical real-world skills, to give them the best possible chance of a career in industry. To see some of our animation success stories, follow this link.

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