Animation 1: Introducing Autodesk Maya



  • Yoobee Online

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Animation is one of the most rewarding career paths in film, television and games – there’s nothing quite as exciting as bringing a unique character to life. This course will get you started on that career, learning the industry standard software used in animation and VFX studios worldwide.

Maya is used extensively throughout the film and television industries and is essential for anyone wanting to build their career. This course introduces you to the animation features of Maya. You’ll develop your proficiency through hands-on practice, refining your skills animating objects and characters. 

If you’ve been wanting to get started with Maya and becoming an animator, this is the course for you.

What you'll learn

We start off with a look at Maya’s interface, learning how to navigate and customise your workspace. You'll set up a Maya scene using simple objects, to prepare for animating. Once you have your scene set up, you’ll create a simple rig, so you can learn how characters are controlled.

Next, you'll explore Maya's animation tools, creating keyframes, animating along a path and editing motion using the Graph Editor. You'll finish up by learning how to render an animation to create a movie file. 


This course is practical and hands-on – you’ll be using Maya to set up scenes and animate from the first lesson.

Course content is the same as the first module of the Yoobee Online Certificate in Animation. Completing this course counts as credit towards the online Certificate if you choose to continue your study.

Yoobee Online course material can be viewed on desktop, laptop, tablet and phone using a web browser.

A Yoobee Online course is more than just video tutorials. You’ll have access to experienced online tutors who will answer your questions and provide constructive feedback and guidance as you develop your skills. 

You’ll also be a part of a community of learners who share the same passion for animation. You’ll learn together, providing additional support and encouragement throughout the course.

With Yoobee Online, you get the benefit of Yoobee’s 20+ years of knowledge and experience helping creatives develop their skills and establish their careers.

Your tutor
Kevin Sharp is a 3D artist, photographer and educator with over 20 years’ experience introducing people to the creative world of digital images. As a 3D artist, Kevin is known for his modelling skills and Maya expertise. Kevin’s students have gone on to successful careers in the film, television and video game industries.

A bit more information


Autodesk Maya 

(Download the free educational version available on the Autodesk website)

A web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome.



A desktop or laptop computer capable of running Autodesk Maya.

(Detailed minimum and recommended specifications are available on the Autodesk website)

If you aren’t sure if your computer is suitable, give us a call on 0800 624 024 and we’ll check it out for you.


NZD $99

Course Highlights

Yoobee Online’s Introduction to Autodesk Maya gives you the technical skills to start your career in animation. With just three hours of learning per week, you’ll cover all the important fundamentals required to animate using Maya in just 2 months.  

Skills learned can be applied to a range of animation styles and professional roles within the film and television industries.
By completing this course, you will be ready to apply for entry into further study at a higher level. And we’ll give you access to all course learning materials for a year, letting you set your own pace for learning. 

This course consists of approximately 24 hours of learning and practice, comprised of video tutorials, quizzes, practice assignments and review.

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