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Introduction to 3D Modeling

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring 3D modelers to experience the creation process of computer generated three dimensional models for the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

How this program works:

Watch video (3 min)

Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

Introduction to 3D Modeling
Online Program Description

This online program is designed to enable aspiring effects animators to learn the process of creating Technical Effects.

Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply correct workflow methods to their own models.

Students will learn the process of transitioning from photographic and video reference to simulating finished technical effects.

Who Should
Attend this program

Beginners, Aspiring 3D modelers, people that like to sculpt and paint with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using computer software.

Artists that like to design, create and have a wild imagination.

Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done for animated movies, visual effects and video games.

Target Student

Aspiring 3D modelers who are deeply passionate about generating computer generated imagery (CGI) for Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.

Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.

We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Program Outline

Introduction to 3D Modeling

Week 1
Maya for Modellers I

  • Maya for Modelers
  • Build a segmented character

Week 2
Maya for Modelers II

  • Revolve a curve
  • Build a still life setup

Week 3
Maya for Modellers III

  • Low polygon segmented prop

Week 4
Maya for Modellers IV

  • Low polygon character

All asssignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: IN3DM-100,  IN3DM-200,  IN3DM-300,  IN3DM-400.

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

100% Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session
  • Office Hours support


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week


  • Schedules are assembled by time zone
  • Applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.
  • We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Bonus Live
Mentorship Classes

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference.

Development & Special Needs100%
Office Hours100%

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be

Software Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software.
Academic discounts are available to our students.

Maya Animation Software


Free for VANAS Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Software


VANAS Students save 60%

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System


Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.

The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.

A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),

Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn
character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a
digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!”

Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act
and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions
registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

Career Pathway

VANAS Introduction to
3D Modeling

4 weeks

1 year

VANAS Advanced
3D Modeling Diploma

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awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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