Program Spotlight: 3D Animation and Video Production

    Posted by summercollegeumass on May 12, 2015 2:45:20 PM

    In Program Spotlight

    We want to share some information about one of our summer programs for high school students with you.

    Did you ever wonder how the computer generated worlds of major motion pictures and video games are made?

    Autodesk Maya, the leading generator of 3D animation assets, has come to dominate the entertainment industry.  This two-week course will introduce you to the basics of computer animation and 3D modeling. For anyone interested in developing a career as a 3D animator, this course provides the necessary foundation from which all specialties are launched.

    Maya has been used to create graphics for many cinematic films, including Academy Award winners The Girl with the Dragon TattooAvatarHugoRango, and Gravity.  It is also used to create visual effects for television programs, including Game of ThronesThe Walking DeadOnce Upon a TimeBones, and Boardwalk Empire.  Maya is involved in creating visual effects for video games, including Halo 4Tomb Raider, and many more.

    Our course provides a thorough introduction to Autodesk Maya's modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering capabilities that will help new users make the most of this sophisticated application.

    In this course, you will learn about the Autodesk Maya user interface, and you'll learn to work with lighting, shading, and polygon and NURBS modeling.  You will receive an introduction to Mental Ray in Maya, and you will learn to work with the UV Texture Editor.  In addition, you will learn how to apply the tools of other programs like Photoshop CS6 and Adobe After Effects to the Autodesk Maya software.

    You will:

    • develop a complete understanding of the Autodesk Maya interface
    • create several 3D polygon models
    • learn lighting, materials, and shading using Photoshop CS6 to add textures
    • learn how to use cameras and rendering using Adobe After Effects to finalize your projects
    • learn how the Maya program is used in the entertainment industry as well as in fine art
    • watch films that have used the tools of Maya
    • complete a short animation

    Ryan MacDonald, Department of Art Lecturer

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