3D Animation Program Online

Get the Skills to Be a 3D Animation Professional in 52 Weeks

3D Animation careers

Modeling, Texturing, and Lighting by Ken Yip Phan, Graduate

The CD-ED 3D Animation Diploma Program provides the practical skills and industry support it takes to pursue an exciting career in 3D Animation, with the flexibility and convenience of CD-ED’s Distance Learning format.

Using hands-on exercises and projects, this introductory program teaches the creation of:

  • Basic 3D models
  • Scenes
  • Textures
  • Lights
  • Animations

Upon completion of the 3D Animation program you will have gained the necessary skills to render 3D models and textures as well as lighting for organic, architectural, and mechanical models. You’ll be able to create 3D animated shorts with non-human models and have the skills to create various special effects. You’ll also have a solid foundation to develop into your specialty of choice.

Industry Software

Projects will be completed using the industry standard 3d Studio Max application. 3ds Max is the preferred software for creating 3D animations & special effects in television and new media. Many television programs and commercials use some type of digital special effects, and are often created using 3D software programs such as 3d Studio Max.

Focused Training

This is career-focused education. You won’t spend time working through electives or irrelevant content designed to drag out the program and drive up costs. Your program is tailored around you and getting into a rewarding professional position, without spending a ton of time and money sitting in a classroom.

Courses include:

  • Computer Concepts & Basic Communication
  • Windows
  • Internet Basics
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • 3D Modeling
  • Materials & Maps
  • Animation
  • Special Effects
  • CG Lighting

Plus a Directed Project, including a step-by-step presentation of guidelines and real-world inspiration for creating an online portfolio of work, geared towards earning you employment by showing a prospective client or employer your talent and experience.

Career Opportunities

With a heavy focus on portfolio development, our 3D Animation Online Program will give you a solid skill set which can get you hired in any 3D animation studio.

Positions include:

  • 3D Games Artist
  • 3D Digital Animator
  • Character Rigger
  • 3D Modeler Developer
  • 3D Painting, Texturiing & Lighting Specialist
  • 3D F/X Artist
    Virtual Set Design & Storyboarding

General 3D animators, modelers and texturers have the option of specializing in any area they choose.

About Distance Education & Learning Online

Online Education has grown enormously over the past 10 years and is recognized by employers as equivalent to traditional classroom training. The CD-ED program includes all the theory and practical training of traditional learning, without the set schedule, costly commute or rigid lesson plans of traditional learning. Online Learning requires discipline and time management skills. We recommend students be able to devote 20 hours per week to their program.

Program Curriculum

20 hrs/week, 52 weeks, 1040 hours

Weeks Hours Code Module Subject
1-3 60 COC 101 Communication & Computers
4-5 40 COC 102 Windows
6-7 40 COC 103 Discovering the Internet
8-13 120 GRA 101 Photoshop
14-24 220 ANI 105 3D Modeling
25-28 80 ANI 106 Materials & Maps
29-36 160 ANI 107 Animation
37-40 80 ANI 108 Special Effects
41-47 140 ANI 109 CG Lighting
48-52 100 ANI 110 Directed Project

Online Services & Community Learning

As a CD-ED student, you have the freedom to set your own schedule – but you’re far from on your own. Our student website ensures that you’ll never feel alone, with access to course-wide discussions, live chats and a private messaging system that allow you to interact with as many (or as few!) fellow students as you wish. Plus, you have access to and continual interaction with your instructors.

  • Convenient Online Learning Platform
  • Unlimited Instructor Support
  • 24/7 Access to Resources
  • Industry Software & Materials

My instructor was absolutely wonderful. She was always pleasant, and calm. She helped me every step of the way, and even gave me second chances at bettering myself. I am the CEO / lead project coordinator of a start-up video game development company.  I owe it all to CD-ED.

Geoff Nelson, 3D Graduate

Is a Creative Career in 3D Animation Right For You?

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If you’re interested in learning more about careers in 3D Animation, and exploring whether Online Schooling with CD-ED is right for you, fill out the form on the side of this page to receive information.

A helpful CD-ED Admissions Specialist will be happy to answer any questions and can help with everything from career paths to financial aid.