About the course
An excellent follow on for anyone who has a basic level of understanding in 3D VFX concepts. This course takes you on a more in-depth review of Maya, building on foundation skills to help you model realistic scenes and characters.
- Animate objects inside a Maya scene with efficient key-framing and understanding of animation curves.
- Simplify the animation process with constraints, expressions and set driven keys.
- Know how cameras work in the real world and in Maya.
- Be able to track image sequences, export the solved data and reconstruct the scene in 3D.
- Implement advanced techniques in order to improve the result.
- Develop a moving VFX shot, including modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing.
Maya, Nuke, Mudbox, 3DEqualizer
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.
Weeks 1-5: Introduction to Camera Tracking
Using Maya and 3DEqualizer. Looking at basic principles of cameras and their optical properties. Dealing with lens distortion. Alignment of solve in Maya. Tips for integration of 3D elements into live action plate.
Week 6-10: Advanced Texturing
Using Maya and Mudbox. Looking at Basic 3D texture painting.
Week 11-15: Advanced Rendering
Using Maya and Arnold. An in depth look at Maya and mental ray rendering nodes and techniques.
Week 16-20: Nuke for 3D Artists
Using Nuke. Looking at roto, keying, simple compositing and camera tracking.
Week 21-25: Introduction to Animation
Introduction to animation techniques. Blending shapes for character animation. Introduction to secondary animation through constraints and relationships.
Week 26-30: Advanced Project Time
Time with tutor to finish of Major project set throughout this course.
Our industry partners influence everything we do. We work alongside an impressive list of VFX studios including The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, MPC, Glassworks and many more, to keep our courses as current as possible and to help you get the most from them.
Fees and funding
Fees and funding for UK students
You may be able to get funding to help cover the cost of our 3D Intermediate course. For independent fees and funding advice, and to find out more about your options, visit gov.uk/grant-bursary-adult-learners or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
If you're a UK student, you can apply for a Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL). PCDLs are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying. It's best to apply at least three months before starting on the 3D Core course, to give your bank time to process your application.
To be eligible for a PCDL, you must be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts and planning to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after you graduate.
To apply, find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Complete and return the application form to your bank and they'll decide if you qualify for a loan.
Fees and funding for international students
We recommend you visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website at ukcisa.org.uk. The Council doesn’t provide funding directly, but it will give you all the information you need about studying and living in the UK, including visas and funding.
We do our best to find funding solutions for overseas students. For example:
If you’re from Sweden, you may be able to get help from the Swedish loan and grant course. Find out more at csn.se.
Spanish students should visit the government website empleo.gob.es for useful information on studying, employment and emigration, plus details of grants available to Spanish students.
If you're from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Burma, you may be able to get funding from the Charles Wallace Trust, to help towards your living costs and educational development in the UK. Find out more at wallace-trusts.org.uk.
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, and feel comfortable using a computer. You must also have studied our 3D Foundation.
How to apply
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, and feel comfortable using a computer. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop would be an advantage.
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
- Contact an applicant advisor - call or email our applicant advisors on 020 7348 1920 and they will discuss what your next steps will be based on your experience and understanding of the course.
- Meet and Greet - if you're exploring your options we advise you visit an open evening, a taster day or book a 1-2-1 meeting with an applicant advisor
- Online application form - once you've explored all your options and you’re ready to join a course, fill in the online application form and an applicant advisor will be in touch.
- Your offer - once the applicant advisor has checked you’re eligible for the course, we will send you confirmation of your offer and will discuss which payment method you prefer
- Deposit - payment plan
- Full payment via bank transfer
- PCDL or private loans
- (PT through the shop)
- Accept the offer - the final step is to accept the offer by signing our terms and conditions. Your place on the course will then be secured.
If you would like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online application form
Escape Studios West
- COURSE START DATES
16 October 2017
- TUITION FEES
- MODE OF STUDY
Part-time (2 evenings per week 7:00pm-10:00pm)
- PROGRAMME DURATION
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You must be over 18 and have a good understanding of written and spoken English, and feel comfortable using a computer. You must also have studied our 3D Foundation course.
In partnership with
The Mill, Framestore, BlueBolt, MPC, Glassworks and many more