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3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles

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3D Animation & Visual Effects School LA

The Academy’s 3d Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles is an animation institute like no other. Whether a student is interested in visual effects work, 2D, or 3D animation, the Academy’s animation college covers a full range of animation topics including methods, aesthetics, software, and assignments designed to shape aspiring animators to achieve success in an increasingly competitive field. Simply put, 3D animation and visual effects are more ubiquitous than ever before, with more animation schools available than ever before and 3D animation skills are not just in demand in film, but also in such wide ranging fields as game design and architecture. In addition, students who are interested in following a 2D animation path at the Academy’s animation school will receive the best in education from working professionals who have extensive experience in the field.

As one of the top 3D Animation & Visual Effects Schools in the world, the Academy offers a wide range of animation training and actively prepares students to enter into the ever-evolving world of animation.

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Animation Courses LA

When enrolling in the 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the Academy, students can expect to take an animation course in some, if not all, of the following topics.

3D Essentials Modeling I Drawing & Anatomy
Figure in Motion Cinematography Drawing Lab
Animation I Color Theory Ecorche
Traditional Sculpture Lighting & Rendering Texturing & Look Development
Character Setup Scripting in Python & Mel Character Design & Creation
Matte Painting Digital Environments Fundamentals of Dynamics
Compositing Screenwriting Special Topics in Animation
Imaginatomy Storyboarding Professional Development in Animation
Matchmoving Storyboard & Animatic Movement & Improvisational Acting
History of Animation Stop Motion Animation

Animation Classes LA

Students planning on taking an animation class at the Academy’s animation school can do so year round. The start dates and tuition costs for each animation class can be viewed here.

Animation Degrees LA

For students looking to earn a BFA animation degree at the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles should enroll in the following degree program offered exclusively at our LA campus.

Animation Workshops LA

Students who wish to commit to a full-time short-term animation workshop and learn the fundamentals of 3D animation will be interested in the following workshop offered at the Academy’s animation school.

Animation Programs LA

For those students looking to immerse themselves in the Academy’s 3D animation programs at our Los Angeles animation school, the following program is recommended.

Animation Faculty LA

The faculty at the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles is comprised of award-winning professionals who remain active in the fields of animation and visual effects while also providing invaluable insight and mentorship to our students. Unlike at other animation school, the Academy’s faculty remains active as professional in the animation industry. Meet some of our distinguished faculty members.
NYFA animation school co-chair Juniko Moody Juniko Moody: With a background in both 3D and 2D animation, Moody has worked as a production 3D lighting/compositor for Disney Feature Animation and Sony Imageworks. In addition, she worked as a 2D compositor at Kodak Cinesite and Warner Digital and moved into teaching through doing corporate 2D and 3D digital training at Dreamworks Features Animation. Her courses include 3D Animation, Digital Modeling, and Lighting.

NYFA animation school co-chair Mark Sawicki Mark Sawicki: A visual effects artist with over forty years of experience, Sawicki has worked on such legendary films as Jaws, Superman, Gangs of New York, The Terminator, and many other noteworthy films. Furthermore, in addition to his work as a teacher at the Academy and other animation skills, Sawicki is also the author of the books Animating with Stop Motion Pro and Filming the Fantastic.

Animation Alumni

Since its inception, the Academy’s animation school in Los Angeles has routinely helped to shape a new generation of animators, producing noteworthy alumni that have worked on multiple noteworthy feature films and animated productions.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School, students have myriad job paths available to them, which include the following. In addition, our graduates have gone on to work for some of the notable companies and organizations below.

3D Modeling Character Development Art Direction
Storyboard Artist Architectural Modeling Layout Artist
Visual Effects Artist Character Rigger Key Animator
Lighting Technician Video Game Designer Stop Motion Animator
2D Animator Forensic Animator Texture Artist
Color Key Artist Compositing Artist Mathematical Modeler
Render Wrangler Cartoonist

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Contact Us

For students wishing to learn more about the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles, you can call the Academy at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on the following links to get more information about the school.

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