3D animation with Blender for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK574
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this online short introductory course we will be focusing on the process of creating a block character and environment, adding basic lighting and animation and exporting your work.
Getting started in 3D can be daunting, it is a large subject incorporating many different disciplines and Blender is a complex piece of software. The intention with this course is to make this complex program and subject more accessible to complete beginners, and to set you on a path to expanding your learning through the Blender community and through a curated guide to some of online learning resources available on the internet. This course should also equip you with an understanding of the basic techniques and terminology to begin learning other 3D software.
What will we cover?
- 3D principles and terminology and the Blender interface
-Creating simple primitive shapes and tweaking using modelling tools
-Navigating and manipulating items in 3D space
- Adding colour and basic surfacing to 3D objects
-Basic animation of 3D objects
- Simple lighting & rendering of a scene
- An Introduction to some more advanced topics to investigate beyond this course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Find your way around the Blender interface and work with the 3D viewport
-Create simple 3D objects and begin to use modelling tools.
- Add colours and adjust basic surface properties of objects.
-Import premade objects into Blender
-Manipulate and animate items in your scene
- Work with lights and a camera
- Export your work as stills and video.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course for beginners to 3D graphics. You should be confident using a computer. This course is quite technical and intensive and is therefore best suited to those with some experience using other graphics or editing software.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a combination of presentations, group discussions and demonstrations. Homework will be set informally, and practise in between sessions, and self-initiated learning is very much encouraged. We will use Google classroom to allow class discussions in between sessions and to share work and learning materials.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring a USB stick to save your work, or have access to cloud based online storage such as Dropbox or Google drive.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to develop your digital 3D animation through CIU02 Introduction to Unity 3D.
You can enhance your animation practice through a range of courses in digital animation including Adobe After Effects CC, Animate CC, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. You may also like to develop your skills further using traditional stop motion techniques in City Lit courses in Stop motion, Dragon Frame , cut out, model and drawn animation.
Ben has been animating professionally for over 15 years and has worked on music videos, adverts, tv shows and short films that have been shown around the world. He has worked in different roles in large and small studios and independently. He specialises in character-based 3D CGI and 2D digital animation, and has a background in shooting Stop-Motion and 2D work on film. He is a practising animator and divides his time between teaching and commercial work. “Animation is a subject I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember. I still get excited about the magic of bringing something imagined to life through a drawing or 3D puppet. I enjoy the combination of the creative and technical, and all the problem-solving required throughout the process. It is hugely rewarding teaching at Citylit and helping give people the confidence to create their own animated work.”
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.