What does this mean for our students? It means that they can be sure that we are properly accredited by the company that makes and supports Autodesk Maya - and we are now formally authorised by Autodesk to teach their software.
Maya is nowadays the leading industry software for animation and visual effects, used not just in Los Angeles (where I worked on animated films for ten years), but in London too, where the leading VFX houses all use Maya for their animation pipeline.
There are of course many different 3D animation software packages, and you can create great animation with a number of them. But there is nothing to beat using the software that the rest of the industry is using. It makes it that much easier to find work, and means you are part of a pool of talent working on the same industry-standard platforms.
To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes.