Winter Class Starts 6th November 2023

Animation by Robin Herrmann

Our Winter Animation Class begins on Monday 6th November 2023.

It's not too late to book a place; all you need to do is visit the main Animation Apprentice site and go through a few simple steps.

If you want to learn 3D animation to a professional level, and start your new career as an animator - your journey starts here.

Getting started

The book we recommend for studying animation

Below is a brief list of stuff to get you under way. You don't have to do all of it, but tick off a few of the things on this list and you will be a making a great start on your animation career.  

The animation industry is booming in the UK and overseas - there's never been a better time to learn the art and craft of character and creature animation.

First, here is a short reading list to get you started. We've narrowed it down to one key book that we recommend for all our students.

The Animator's Survival Kit.
Any serious student of animation should buy a copy of The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams.  It is now the standard textbook for animators and easily the most comprehensive book available for learning animation.


Download your free copy of Maya

Animation by Joris Van Laar

OK - so you've bought a book or two - what else? The next thing to do is get yourself a free copy of Autodesk Maya.  Maya is the main software we animate with, nowadays it's the industry standard. You can find a free educational license here.

You will also need a decent laptop or workstation capable of running Maya. To see our guide to buying a suitable laptop, read this blog post.

Start watching our free videos


Once you have done that, take a look at the week 1 videos at the Animation Apprentice website. The week 1 videos are all free and this gives you a general introduction to animation, helping you to get familiar with the language of the medium.


Welcome to Animation Apprentice!
If you do some or all the things on this list - you will have a great head start! I look forward to meeting you. 

Remember that here at Animation Apprentice I personally tutor all my students.  I have over 30 years experience in the animation industry, from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" to "The Lion King", "The Iron Giant", and "Harry Potter" - and almost 30 years' experience of teaching animation.