3D animation with Blender for beginners

Course Dates: 06/06/22 - 11/07/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
In this beginners online course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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Course Code: VK566

Started Mon, eve, 06 Jun - 11 Jul '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of 3D graphics, and cover the basics of the complete 3D animation workflow, from navigating the software, to modelling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering/exporting. 3D software is often extremely expensive, Blender has developed rapidly in the last few years and now competes with the big 3D software companies for features and sophistication.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Navigating the Interface
- Creating 3D Models
- Adding Materials & textures
- Lighting models and scenes
- Rendering and Exporting.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the Blender interface
- Navigate in 3D space, select and move objects
- Create a simple 3D character model and environment
- Add photographic and computer generated textures
- Light your 3D scene
- Create simple animations
- Render and export your work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for beginners to 3D animation, some experience with creative computer software is hugely beneficial. This is a fairly technical course and therefore is not suitable for those entirely new to digital art and animation software.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.
You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks, notes and resources. You will be sent an email with the necessary information and will need to login into your Google classroom before each sessions starts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need an updated version of the software uploaded and functioning on your computer.
You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your animation projects further on VK108 Advanced animation. You can develop your 3D digital modelling skills in VG583 3D digital modelling and animation: an introduction and VG584 Introduction to 3D animation with live action. City Lit offer a range of courses in 2D and 3D Animation, Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, Character animation, editing, sound, illustration, cartooning, storyboarding and adobe Photoshop to enhance your animation practice.

Benjamin Austin

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.