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3D Animation Essentials

Online Course

Learn 3D Animation

Learn with animation expert, Philip Piaget, who'll take you from your very first keyframe to fully animated characters.

Course Developed by Industry Veteran Erik C. Schmidt


Erik C. Schmidt has been working in the animation industry for over 30 year predominantly on theatrical feature films for Disney, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures and ILM.


Erik's credits include Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Black Panther, Chicken Little, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and Sharktale, and many other notable titles.


Feedback and Mentorship By Mikkel Mainz


Mikkel Mainz is an animation film director, founder of animation studios Skjald Creative and Sun Creature, and creator of the online hit series Tales of Alethrion. He has extensive experience teaching animation at film and design schools, including 10 years at The Animation Workshop.


Mikkel has also worked professionally in the animation industry, staying up to date with the latest skillsets and training new talents. His projects include Ivandoe (Cartoon Network), Monster Loving Maniacs (Ja Film), Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon), Emara (Eating Stars), and the TV series Høj (Skjald, DR, Copenhagen Bombay).

Module-by-Module Breakdown

What you will learn

This comprehensive course guides you through the fundamental techniques of 3D character animation. Building from the classical animation principles, you will learn how to make your creations come to life through true and tested workflows. Our course includes:
01. Animation Principles

Delve into the 12 core principles of animation and familiarise yourself with industry terminology.

02. Blender Overview

Get introduced to Blender, learning its interface, tools, shortcuts, and the animation workflow.

03. The Bouncing Ball

Master this fundamental exercise to understand basic animation principles, crucial for defining animation styles.

04. Forward & Inverse Kinematics

Learn about the two types of motion structures in rigs and armatures while producing your first character animation.

05. Basic Body Mechanics

Work with a human character, applying industry-standard processes like referencing, blocking, and polishing to create lifelike animations.

06. The Walk & Run Cycle

Understand human movement basics to produce two of the most common motions that have endless application in film, VFX and games.

07. Advanced Body Mechanics

Enhance your skills with broader actions, exploring gesture, line of action, and exaggeration for smooth, realistic animations.

Your skills will be tested to the max as we aim to create smooth and realistic animation where the transfer of energy is maximised through clear and concise posing.

08. Hierarchies & Constraints

Discover how to construct systems of motion, integrating constraints for more complex animations involving props and object-driven motions.

09. Pantomime & Performance
Learn the art of conveying emotions and stories through body language and acting in animation.
10. Dialogue & Lip Sync

Dive into working with audio and dialogue, creating believable lip sync to bring your animated characters to life.


Enrol in our 3D Animation Essentials course and gain a robust foundation as a 3D animator


  Basic Advanced Pro

Lifetime Access

Lifetime access to all the course material.

Animation Community

Exclusive access to CADA's animation community where you can meet and learn from like-minded students and animators.

Classroom Feedback Sessions

Virtual classroom setting where Mikkel Mainz will give feedback on hand-in assignments.


Support and Q&A

Receive ongoing support and get answers to your animation questions.


1:1 Mentorship

One-on-one mentorship support with Mikkel Mainz. Get full attention and individual feedback on all your hand-in assignments.

  €329 €579 €1,099


Frequently Asked Questions

What's your refund policy?

CADA's 14 Days Money-Back Guarantee for the 3D Animation Essentials Online Course

At CADA, we're committed to providing high-quality education and a rewarding learning experience. We understand the importance of making the right choice for your education, and we want you to feel confident and satisfied with your decision to join our 3D Animation Essentials Online Course.

Basic Tier
Refund Eligibility: If you feel the course material alone isn't meeting your expectations, you can request a full refund within the first 14 days from the course start date.

Advanced and Pro Tiers
Engagement Requirement: Since these tiers involve more interactive elements, we ask that you participate in at least one feedback session or mentorship meeting before deciding if the course is right for you.

Refund Eligibility: You can request a refund within the first 14 days from the course start date if you find the additional support not as beneficial as expected.

General Terms for All Tiers
Participation: You should have completed at least 25% of the course content, giving you a fair overview of the course.

Refund Process: Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the request and will be processed via the original payment method. Contact us for a refund.

Do I get individual feedback on my hand-in assignments?

Students enrolled in the "Pro" tier will benefit from individual feedback through one-on-one mentorship, ensuring their individual needs and goals are met.

Students enrolled in the "Advanced" tier will have the opportunity to receive feedback in a virtual classroom environment. Here, the instructor will review a selection of hand-in assignments, providing valuable insights and guidance to the entire group.

Who is this course designed for?

The 3D Animation Essentials course is perfect for beginners in digital arts, as well as for those with some experience in CGI who want to deepen their skills in animation. It's ideal for anyone passionate about bringing characters and stories to life through animation.

Do I need any prior experience or knowledge?

No prior experience is required. The course begins with basic concepts, making it accessible to beginners, but also progresses to more advanced techniques that will benefit those with some background in digital arts.

What software and tools will I need?

You'll need access to a computer capable of running Blender, which is a free and open-source 3D creation suite.

How long is the course, and is it self-paced?

The course offers +10 hours of engaging video content, along with 11 interactive assignments and in-depth course notes containing +2.5 hours of reading material. Each module is accompanied by all the necessary course files.

The course is designed to be self-paced. You can progress through the modules according to your schedule and convenience.

Is there any certification provided at the end of the course?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion, which can be a valuable addition to your professional portfolio.