AnimationWorkshops FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AnimationWorkshops?
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AnimationWorkshops offers 11 week classes. You meet live online with the instructors two times per week (for most classes), one session for instruction and one for reviewing each students work in turn. If you can't be there live for a class, you can watch the recordings of the classes.
How long are the terms?
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Each term is 11 weeks. There are four terms per year starting around the first week of January, April, July, and October.
How often are the classes held?
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Most of our classes are held live two days each week. There is instruction and demonstration during "Class Time". In addition, most classes hold "Critique Time" at a separate day when the instructor reviews each student's assignment one-on-one. Smaller classes may combine the two sessions since the critique is shorter for fewer students. Students can sign up for the particular teacher and class time that works best for them. Click on Classes Now Offered in the Classes menu above.
How are the classes conducted?
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Classes are accessed through your homepage at animationworkshops.com using advanced web-conferencing software allowing instructors and student to interact via chat, mic, and webcamera. During lectures, teachers can show their desktop to review the students' work and demonstrate concepts and workflows.
Can students pick their teachers?
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Many classes have multiple class sessions offered. For those, students can choose which teacher to take their classes from. The more popular classes fill first, so students are should register early, as soon as each term’s registration period is announced (usually at least one month before each term begins).
When do the terms begin?
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Classes normally begin the first week of January, April, July, October each year. Refer to the Calender
Do entering students have to start at a particular term?
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New students can register at any term of the year.
Do 3D Animation students make their own character rigs?
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AnimationWorkshops provides exceptional character rigs licensed from AnimSchool for animators to use for each assignment.
What makes AnimationWorkshops different from other sites?
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There are few options for teens aged 14-18 to learn 3D animation. AnimationWorkshops is a rare educational site providing live 3D animation workshops for teens 14-18 and above, taught by working pros and talented new graduates.
What does AnimationWorkshops prepare the student for?
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AnimationWorkshops students can take our online workshops for fun, exploration, or to see if it might be a good career option for you. If a student chooses to go forward with learning 3D animation, they may may find employment as a 3D animator, 3D modeler, rigger (character TD), 3D artist, 3D generalist in the feature film, visual FX, television broadcast, video gaming, advertising, and web industries.
Are there other costs involved?
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Students are also responsible for purchasing or having access to: computer, web camera (with microphone), (for some classes) educational-discounted ZBrush.
Does AnimationWorkshops offer financial aid?
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AnimationWorkshops is a website for online workshops, not a school, so U.S. government-backed loans are not available.
Is AnimationWorkshops a school?
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AnimationWorkshops is a website for online workshops, not a school. We offer online training in live workshops, but do not offer school credit or job placement.
Who is AnimationWorkshops for?
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AnimationWorkshops is for teens aged 13-18 or older who want to learn 3D animation, 3D modeling and related art skills, like drawing. Our workshops are for those who are prepared to work on animation assignments in between class sessions to progress in their skill level.
What are the requirements to register for workshop?
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Prospective students need to be 14-18 or older, have a working knowledge of English, and a working knowledge of computers, Windows or Mac.
How long is the class time?
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The classes are scheduled for about 60 minutes during which the instructor teaches the students through lecture and live workflow demonstrations. Most classes also hold a 1-3 hour "Critique Time," on another day when the teacher reviews each student's assignment one-on-one. The length of that session depends on how many students there are to review. Students may choose to stay for other students' critiques. For small classes, the Critique Time may combined with the regular Class Time because the lecture and critiques can be accomplished within the other two to three-hour Class Time.
Are there video lectures?
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The instructor gives a live lecture and demonstration each week. Many courses also offer additional pre-recorded videos explaining curriculum concepts and tools. Each class is recorded for later access while an active student or after having passed at least four AnimationWorkshops. Our classes are recorded and become part of the permanent library.
How big are the class sizes?
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Classes are kept small to allow for comfortable interaction and maximum face-to-face time with the teacher. Usually 10 students or fewer. (Except for Introduction to Maya, which has shorter critiques.)
What time of day are the classes offered?
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Classes are designed to fit around the work schedules of the working teachers, and tend to be in the hours between 4-11 in the evening in the U.S. time zones, and on Saturdays. We also hold a limited number of mid-day classes for the benefit of those in a wide-range of timezones. Refer to the Calender
Which 3D software package does AnimationWorkshops use?
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We support Autodesk Maya and Pixologic ZBrush.
Does AnimationWorkshops offer student discounts for the 3D software?
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Yes. Workshop students are eligible for Autodesk's free software program. AnimationWorkshops students are currently eligible to download a free educational copy of Maya. Students in a sculpting workshop need to buy an educational copy of ZBrush which is ~$475.
How many students are accepted per term?
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We typically approve 40 - 60 new students each term.
How much does AnimationWorkshops cost?
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The price for each 11-week term is US $780 or $260 per month plus a one-time application fee of $125. See the Costs page for more details.
How fast does my internet have to be to attend AnimationWorkshops classes?
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Fast “basic broadband” internet access is required. For best results, students need download speeds of 1.5 Mbps or more and upload speeds of 1.2 Mbps or more. To find out the speeds you are experiencing on your computer and connection, go to a website such as www.speedtest.net and hit the Begin Test button.
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