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Intro to Maya

A 10-week introductory course using Maya to model, animate, texture, render, and more

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (Students can qualify for a free Educational license from Autodesk. Please download the course syllabus and visit the Autodesk site for more details.)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (Students can qualify for a free Educational license from Autodesk. Please download the course syllabus and visit the Autodesk site for more details.)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (Students can qualify for a free Educational license from Autodesk. Please download the course syllabus and visit the Autodesk site for more details.)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
None
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | The Maya Interface

Scenes and project management | Editors, viewports and menus | Navigation and toolbox | Students will customize specific shelf buttons, hotkeys and marking menus amd create a basic model

Week 2 | Modeling Approaches

Mesh creation and editing tools | Re-topology tools | Students will create simple a simple robot

Week 3 | Modeling Best Practice

Surface types overview (NURBS, polygons, and subD) | “Box” modeling | Students will finish modeling the robot character

Week 4 | Preparation for Materials

Creating UVs | Materials, textures, and the hypershade editor | Students will UV the robot character and prepare it for materials

Week 5 | Materials

2D and 3D textures | Bump, displacement, and normal maps | Maya and Arnold shaders | 3D Paint | Paint effects | Shading networks | Students will add shaders and textures to their robot character

Week 6 | Lighting & Rendering

Lights | Cameras | Action! (just kidding–animation is week 8!) | Rendering in Maya | Renderng in Arnold | Students will light and render their scene

Week 7 | Rigging

Joints, IK/FK, handles/controls, constraints | Skinning | Blendshapes | Deformers | Students will apply a rig to their characters

Week 8 | Animation

The animation editors | The new time editor | Assigning motion capture | Human IK | Students will animate their character

Week 9 | FX (Effects)

Paint effects | Bullet physics | Nucleus physics | Students will add a cape to their character using nCloth for both modeling and animation

Week 10 | Motion Graphics

MASH | Sound | Students will experiment with Maya’s newest tools!

Intro to Maya
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Your journey starts here

A longtime veteran of the industry, David began his career illustrating car accidents for the courtroom, which led to illustrating the gruesome injuries caused, which led to illustrating surgical procedures, which led to working on the VFX for dozens of fancy car commercials! This led to VFX work on a wide variety of films, ride films, TV series, and more commercials--which then led to modeling for five Disney animated features and four Disney “apps.” All of this led to his current career as a freelance consultant, modeler, and technical artist for companies working in advertising, design, VFX, games, VR, and big oil. And now all of that has led to doing one of the things he enjoys doing most: teaching.

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Cody Grech

Awesome teacher—I would take other classes taught by David without giving it second thought. Very knowledgeable and friendly, assignments are paced very well, lots of great info that is useful with real applications.

Laura Meijer

David Mooy speaks in a relaxed manner and doesn’t sound rushed, which is a big plus for students who are not native English speakers.

Brittney Rose

He was great and very helpful!

Russel Aronchick

David presented the material in a very easy to understand way and the course itself was definitely a good kickstart into learning the basics of Maya.

Nathanielle Onchengo

Mr. David Mooy, is a great instructor. Really shows that he loves teaching, and can teach effectively.

Guido Tinagli

David is really a great teacher, one of the best I’ve ever had

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Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Intro to Maya
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