Animation 2: Principles of Animation



  • 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.
Mastering the principles of animation is essential for any aspiring animator. This course will help you develop your understanding and skills using the principles used by professional animators 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 an introduction to the tried and tested 12 principles of animation developed by Disney animators. You’ll work with simple rigs in Maya, learning to convey weight and other material properties. You’ll develop interaction between objects and apply the principles to introduce personality and emotion.

You’ll finish the course applying everything you’ve learned to a simple biped rig, making it move in a natural way.

This course is an excellent platform for moving forward into full character animation. You’ll have a solid working knowledge of the principles and how to use them effectively.

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

If you’ve been wanting to develop solid fundamental skills to build a career on, this course is for you – effective use of the principles will give you the skills to add life and personality into your animations.

Course content is the same as the second 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 Animation Principles introduces you to fundamental concepts you can apply to any type of animation. With just three hours of learning per week, you’ll cover all the core principles required to animate effectively 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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