Online Animation School - Classes in 3D Character & Creature Animation

Animation Apprentice is an accredited online animation school and runs an MA degree in 3D animation, as well as our unique online animation courses.

Classes are led by Alex Williams, who has 25 years of experience in the animation industry as an animator, designer and storyboard artist on more than 20 feature films, who will tutor you from start to finish. 

Study the art of 3D character and creature animation by enrolling in our 30 week online course and learn how to:

  • Animation Apprentice - online animation schoolMake 3D characters come alive
  • Understand the mechanics of motion, physics, timing, and weight
  • Use the leading industry animation software - Autodesk Maya
  • Create an animated scene from start to finish using our proven work methods
  • Animate characters using dialogue, music and sound effects
  • Animate animals and creatures
  • Create and animate 3D cameras
  • Perfect and edit your demo reel so you have the perfect calling card to find work

Why use us to learn 3d animation?

This is why our online animation classes are the best!:

  • Almost 200 animation course training videos. We don't just give you a general push in the right direction - we show you how, step by step, to complete each exercise. You get proper, clear instruction in how to animate.
  • Bespoke feedback. We don't just give general criticism on a shot, or draw lines on the screen to show you how you might make it better. We go one step further and actually open up your shot for you, showing you step by step how to make it better.
  • We fix your shot for you. Every week you get a high resolution video that shows you exactly how to improve your work. It's like going to a mechanic and having them not just fix your car, but show you step by step how, next time, you can fix it yourself.
  • Learn 3D animation online in your own time. You can download the video feedback when you like, and watch it in your own time, fixing your own shot as you go along. The whole point of online study is it is a flexible tool.
  • No random tutors. You get bespoke feedback from veteran animator Alex Williams, an artist with 20 years experience in the classroom and 25 years of working in the industry.

Here is what our students have said about Animation Apprentice:

"incredible, brilliant feedback! Superb on every level. Animation is definitely making me think! Loving it! Totally enjoying it"

- Amanda Tan, Student at Animation Apprentice

"I love getting this type of feedback...its a great way of seeing improvements and being able to remedy them in future. Your theory videos are action packed with great references, thoughts and ideas. I'm pleased to say I am completely hooked on the course. It's been awesome."

- Philip Loeffler, Student at Animation Apprentice

"Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback- what a course- receiving personally recorded video feedback- how cool is that!? intense, serious learning going on - make the time and you will be rewarded"

- Alexi Balian, Student at Animation Apprentice

"Absolutely amazing feedback"

- Kevin Scorey, Student at Animation Apprentice

"As a student, I feel more and more looked after, safe in the knowledge that we're surrounded by people who know their stuff :) This course gets better and better, week on week. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Feeling so inspired!"

- Marc Godfrey, student at Animation Apprentice

"Really blown away by all the suggestions and advice. Really enjoying the course and determined to finish"

- Kate Burke, student at Animation Apprentice

To see more student work, check out our 2015 demo reel below:

And our 2016 demo reel below:


We want you to learn every skill necessary to go out and land your first 3D animation job. By the end of the 30 week animation course you will have completed dozens of shots, each one ready to use on your showreel. 

If you are interested in getting a formal qualification, follow this link to find out about our online MA in animation, which next enrols in September 2020.

For further information, see our FAQs here. You can find information on pricing and payment here. To Register and get started, click here. To see when our next class begins, check out this page.


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