Now mentored by VFX studio Cinesite!

About this course

This course will give you a comprehensive foundation in 3D modelling, texturing and lighting inside Autodesk Maya, so it’s perfect for aspiring 3D artists looking to kick-start their career in the visual effects (VFX) industry. 

You’ll learn real-world VFX production skills and best practice techniques, and gain Autodesk Maya training – for the best possible start to reaching your dream career in VFX.

An opportunity to study part-time where you will learn all the basics, you'll get to produce a piece for your showreel. Best of all, it will fit around your day job or other commitments.

What to expect

If you're starting the course on the 6th March, you will be mentored by VFX studio Cinesite, benefiting from: 

  • a visit to Cinesite studio based in London's creative hub Soho.
  • a final review session with Cinesite on your project. (Please note the visits are likely to take place during office hours).

Since opening their doors in London in 1993, Cinesite have created effects for over 150 feature films and high-endtelevision productions. Their work has contributed to Oscar and BAFTA nominated films (The Revenant, IronMan 3, the Harry Potter franchise, The Golden Compass) and have been honoured with two Emmys andnumerous industry awards. 

They are a leader in the international visual effects industry, offering a range of services including previsualisation, visual effects supervision, digital effects,animation, compositing and stereoscopic visual effects. It is the film-going experience that we strive to enhance, turning filmmakers’ ideas into spectacular cinematic reality. 

Autodesk Maya is used to create everything from the fantastic effects you see in Hollywood blockbusters to the animation in major game series. Through step-by-step tuition and genuine production examples, we’ll introduce you to Maya’s capabilities, workflows and interface, as well as the key 3D techniques you’ll need to become a 3D professional.

After completing 3D Foundation, you’ll be eligible to advance your 3D skills and enrol on our 3D for Visual Effects part-time evening course.

Our tutors are top industry professionals, so you’ll be taught by the best in the business whether you’re a student or graduate 3D artist preparing for the job market, or from a creative or technical background, keen to change career and get into VFX.

Why Escape Studios?

Escape Studios is Europe’s leading VFX academy and we’ve been part of Pearson College London since 2013. We sprang into life in 2002, to solve the industry’s lack of educated, studio-ready VFX talent. Since then, over 4,000 people have graduated from Escape, going on to forge successful careers spanning the whole VFX spectrum. You’ll find Escapee Alumni behind many Oscar and Bafta nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows and 1,000s of award-winning commercials.

Our secret? Our intensive and fiercely vocational approach and a professional studio experience that trains VFX professionals to the latest industry standards.

Course summary

    Escape Studios West
    16 October 2017
    Part time (Evenings: Mon and Wed 7-10pm)
    30 weeks
    Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

I studied Maya at Escape Studios and have now gone on to set up a 3D department for Partizan. It gave me a really firm understanding of what the software was capable of and I’ve never looked back since, I was hooked.

Charlie Bayliss Head of 3D, Partizan

Meet your tutors

Daniel Shutt
3D Tutor

Mark Spevick
Head of 3D