Introduction to 3D Modeling

Elevate Your Skills, Expand Your Creative Reach with 3D: Begin Effortlessly, No Experience Needed

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Ever Dreamed of Bringing Your Ideas to Life in 3D but Lack the Experience?

We understand.

Look no further—our Introduction to 3D Modeling course is your gateway to turning those dreams into reality, one model at a time.

Welcome to Introduction to 3D Modeling – an introductory course designed for those with no prior experience in 3D technology. And if you are already familiar with other 3D elements, like lighting, diving into modeling naturally expands your skill set, allowing you to create your assets and enhancing your independence and marketability. By the end of this course, you'll have gained the skills and confidence to transform your creative vision into a digital model. This model can then be applied in various fields, such as the 3D entertainment industry (including animation, visual effects, and gaming), augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) applications, product/industrial design, 3D printing, or even expanding into the digital visual arts. The possibilities are endless, and this program is structured to ensure you start quickly and with ease. Introduction to 3D Modeling is the ideal starting point for beginners in 3D or those looking to refresh and diversify their skills.

Here's our promise: This course is more than just a class; it marks the beginning of new opportunities in your career and creative life. Yes, you will learn the tactical skills required for creation. Still, even more importantly, you will expand the way you think about creation—moving beyond the limitations of 2D renderings—and it will bolster your confidence in building your technical skills.

+ Professional Feedback on all your work! This program offers six months of professional feedback, allowing you to learn on your schedule. There is no need to worry about class times or deadlines—learn at your pace, submit work, and ask questions anytime. Our exclusive Discord channel lets you post questions and share your work 24/7, ensuring continuous personal feedback from a professional!

After our course, you'll possess the foundational skills and confidence to create anything you can imagine in 3D! Now that the learning will be easy for you - the fun question is ... What will you make?

Sneak peek: In this class, you will make these chess pieces!

*Course lessons will be available June 15th (50% of lessons) and will be complete by the end of July.

Learn more about the class & meet your instructor, Alex!

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How would your life change if you were to get a job in 3D?

Work On Something Cool!
Imagine this...You actually like the projects you are working on! You can work on the next generation of blockbuster visual effects films.

Think about Star Wars, Spiderverse, Lord of the Rings, and the last Marvel movie you saw, and imagine being a part of a film that your child, your grandchildren, and countless children worldwide will see. Your art can inspire people for generations to come!

Earn More Money Than You Ever Thought Possible!
Did you know the Entry Level 3D Artist's salary averages $82,070 annually? What could earning that salary do for your life? Could you stop worrying about how you will pay your rent every month? Could you finally get that apartment you’ve always wanted? Or maybe that car? Support your family?

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More importantly, you can finally earn a stable living, allowing you to live the life you’ve always wanted. Not only vacations but an income you can use to support yourself and your loved ones.

Be Proud Of Your Job
Do you hate when people ask, “What do you do for a living?” Do you feel indifferent or embarrassed of the answer? Imagine never feeling that way ever again. Imagine being at a party or family gathering when someone asks you that question, and you get to proudly proclaim, “I work as a 3D Artist in Animation. And I just finished working on [insert awesome movie…].”

Introduction to 3D Modeling (The details!)

Embark on a transformative journey with our Introduction to 3D Modeling course, designed to catapult you from novice to proficient creator, ready to tackle the exciting challenges of the digital world. This program isn't just a class; it's a gateway to new opportunities in your career and creative endeavors. By the conclusion of this course, you will have acquired not only the tactical skills necessary for 3D creation but also a revolutionary way of thinking about design and fabrication that extends well beyond traditional 2D limitations. Your newfound confidence and technical skills will set the stage for endless creative exploration.

What Makes This Course Unique?

The program emphasizes a hands-on learning approach, providing immediate access to Maya, the industry standard in 3D software. This access isn't just about learning the tools; it's about mastering the craft and understanding the principles that make 3D modeling an essential skill in various creative and technical fields.

+ Personal Professional Feedback!

This unique program includes six months of professional feedback, making it the best combination of learning on your schedule. No longer worry about making class times or meeting assignment deadlines. You can learn at your own pace, submit your work, and ask questions whenever you're ready. Our exclusive Discord channel allows you to post questions and share your work anytime, ensuring you receive personal feedback from a professional throughout the entire six months.

What you will learn, get, and create from this course:

3D Modeling Foundations: Gain Expertise and Confidence

Picture yourself confidently engaging in conversations about the ins and outs of 3D modeling with in-depth knowledge and a firm stance. You will be able to answer complex questions like, "What is the difference between a nurb and polygon? " and discuss how you would approach modeling a specific object you happen to see while having coffee with a friend with ease. This level of knowledge will come easily to you after taking this class.

In this class, you will dive deep into the core concepts of 3D modeling, from basic geometries to intricate modeling techniques, ensuring a solid foundation to build your creative projects.

By mastering this foundational information, you will develop a unique perspective on how real-life objects or ideas in your mind can be translated and created in 3D space for all to see what you envision, and you will have a new creative superpower to add to your tool belt.

A view of the beginnings of 3D modeling (from the "How to start modeling" lesson)

Your First Creation:

The most significant advantage of taking our program is the work you'll have to show for it. We allow our students to work on hands-on 3D projects from the start, giving you quality work to add to your portfolio. With our program, you'll be able to showcase your skills to potential employers (+ friends/family) and make your work stand out from the crowd.

The first look at the chess pieces you will create in this program!

At our program, we understand that one of the biggest challenges when starting in 3D is getting over the daunting technical and overwhelming world of 3D. That's why we give our students everything they need to create without obstacles.

  • Step-by-step lessons: We provide easy-to-follow videos that make learning 3D easy and manageable.
  • Project-based: You will create your chess board, a project that balances structure with creativity. This task lets you keep things as straightforward or complex as possible, offering the perfect platform to hone your skills and express your unique vision. Plus, we'll guide you through the possibilities of 3D printing your masterpiece, bringing your digital creation into the physical world.

*Examples of the chess board you will be creating in this class!

Have a built-in support system!

Working in isolation can be tough, especially in the creative industry. Without anyone to turn to for feedback, questions or motivation, it's easy to feel stuck and overwhelmed. That's why we prioritize support as a key element of our program. This program allows you to access PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK on all your work for 6 months!

Additionally, our community provides a space to connect with other aspiring artists, sharing knowledge and tips on techniques and software, which provides a supportive and collaborative learning environment. With our program, you'll never have to feel like you're going at it alone. Join our supportive community and take your skills to the next level.

Other Course Features:

  • All course lectures are pre-recorded and available whenever you are ready.
  • Access 6 months of professional feedback and mentorship on your work through the exclusive student-only channels.
  • You will have lifetime access to all materials.
  • Learn at your own pace. If you are busy now but want to take advantage of this offer, enroll now, and you can begin whenever you are ready. Learn at whatever pace works for you.

More sneak peeks into the course materials:

Why Choose This Course?

This program is more than just a class; it's the first step towards a future where you can bring any imagination to life in 3D. The question isn't "What will you learn and create?" but "What doors will 3D open up for you?"

Start today to unlock new dimensions of creativity and career opportunities.

Did you know that 3D Modeling has many Real-World Applications?

Imagine bringing your creations to life in animation, visual effects, gaming, virtual reality, industrial design, and beyond. The skills you learn here open doors to careers in entertainment, product design, and digital artistry, transforming your creative vision into tangible outcomes that shape our visual and functional world.

  • Tech: 3D modeling is used to create digital twins for customer experiences, such as AR/VR and robotics, to train the machines!
  • Fashion: 3D is now becoming a staple in fashion, from early design/prototyping to final design outputs.
  • Interactive experiences! From art installations to your favorite amusement park rides
  • Makerspace: You can utilize 3D to make anything from a custom storage accessory for your vacuum to a shed in your backyard!

Overall, 3D is becoming more used in industries outside the traditional entertainment industries, and the good news is that those who know 3D are still very rare. This is an excellent opportunity to be one of those few who can become an expert matter subject.

At the Academy of Animated Art, our courses are designed with one goal in mind ...

Giving you the tools to learn to expand your opportunities.

Taught by industry professionals, our academy tailors its teaching to fit your unique schedule and needs through a fully flexible learning experience, cutting through traditional educational inefficiencies to meet industry demands directly.

Flexible Learning Model: We combine self-paced online courses allows you to learn on your terms while benefiting from expert guidance.

Industry-Driven Curriculum: Recognizing a gap in traditional education, the Academy of Animated Art offers a curriculum shaped by real-world industry needs. Our goal is simple: to equip you with the skills required for your first job in the industry, making education practical and directly applicable.

Expert Instructors: Our faculty consists of industry professionals with extensive backgrounds in 3D art. This insider perspective gives our students a significant advantage in learning relevant, up-to-date skills.

Affordability and Efficiency: We address the high cost and lengthy commitment often associated with 3D art education. Our programs focus on essential skills over software proficiency, making your education more affordable and streamlined.

The Academy of Animated Art Approach: Our teaching emphasizes foundational skills in art and design, preparing you for a smooth transition into any 3D modeling software environment. This foundation ensures our graduates are versatile and industry-ready.

In summary, our academy offers a focused, flexible pathway to learning 3D modeling tailored for efficiency and real-world applicability. We invite you to join our innovative approach to 3D art education and career preparation.

You might be wondering ...

Is the software included in the course enrollment?

Maya*: Yes! Free Student License Eligible as an Enrolled AAA student.

No software barriers to hold you back from learning!!

*While core 3D modeling skills transcend the tools, practical software skills are indispensable. This course uses Maya, the gold standard in 3D industry software, ensuring you learn with the best. Students will receive access to student licenses, Maya, removing barriers to acquiring this crucial learning tool.

Your Instructor

Alex Cheparev
Alex Cheparev

"Watching Jurassic Park as a kid, I was mesmerized. I want to do that—I want to make the dinosaurs.' That's how my journey into computers began." -Alex

Alex Cheparev's early fascination set the stage for a career at the intersection of art and technology. After honing his skills at LaGuardia High School and the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Alex started on a professional path that led to significant roles in the VFX industry.

Currently an Associate VFX Supervisor at Method Studios, Alex has applied his keen eye and technical expertise to 3D VFX at many New York area companies, including Framestore, CHARLX, and Mr. X.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Alex has dedicated the last 18 years to teaching at SVA, where he keeps pace with the latest technological advancements. He also runs a popular YouTube channel with over 25,000 subscribers, who tune in to learn CG techniques.

Alex Cheparev’s career exemplifies a powerful combination of technological prowess and creative vision, continually advancing the field of digital artistry both in practice and in education.


What might be holding you back?

Overcoming Obstacles in Learning 3D:

Feeling Overwhelmed by 3D?

Many people shy away from learning 3D modeling, worried it's too technical or complex for them. But that's a myth! The perceived difficulty is often because there's no clear path for beginners. Our class is designed to debunk this myth by offering a step-by-step approach to learning 3D modeling in an unintimidating manner. You can learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own space.

Here’s the Reality:

Not engaging with 3D modeling limits your career prospects and keeps you from staying relevant in our increasingly tech-driven world. Our course simplifies the learning process, making it easy to start creating in 3D quickly through a practical, hands-on approach. Each module is broken down into manageable steps, demonstrated in easy-to-follow videos.

What You'll Miss by Not Learning 3D:

Limited Career Growth:

In the entertainment sectors (like film, animation, gaming) and technology, 3D modeling skills are in high demand. Learning 3D can significantly broaden your career horizons, offering opportunities in creative roles, product design, and beyond.

Falling Behind in Tech:

The risk of not learning 3D is akin to being left behind in the technological revolution. Just as mastering a smartphone became essential, 3D modeling is a fundamental skill in many fields.

Let's address the common concerns!

Cost of Software: Are you concerned about the expense of 3D modeling software? We provide access to the necessary tools, ensuring that cost is not a barrier to your learning.

AI and the Future: While AI is transforming industries, understanding the basics of 3D modeling ensures you remain an invaluable part of the creative process. Knowing how to leverage AI as a tool enhances your skills rather than replacing them.

Learning from free content: Wondering if you could just learn this from YouTube? While online tutorials are helpful, our structured program offers a comprehensive curriculum, personalized support, and access to industry-standard software, making your learning experience more effective.

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Is Academy of Animated Art right for you?

If any of this sounds like you, Academy of Animated Art is right for you.

  • Are you someone who has always dreamed of a challenging, rewarding career that pushes you both technically and artistically? We are right for you.
  • Have you been trying on your own, but have been struggling to learn and make progress? Academy of Animated Art is right for you.
  • Do you live where there are no schools are teaching 3D? Academy of Animated Art is right for you.
  • Are you looking to change careers but even the thought of paying to go back to a traditional school sounds like torture? Academy of Animated Art is right for you.
  • Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in the credits on screen? We are right for you.

What if I don’t know 3D or have any technical background?

Not a problem!

No previous 3D experience is necessary!

This program is designed as the entry point for those first entering the world of 3D. No more trying to piece together youTube videos or reading text books. This program is a step by step guide from beginning to end in one place that will give you all the foundational skills to gain confidence in the 3D space.

How much time will this take?

Investing in your skills and career doesn't have to mean sacrificing your valuable time. Our program is tailored to fit your busy schedule; with all learning content available online and on-demand, you can learn at your convenience, dedicating just one hour per day to see results.

  • Enjoy the convenience of online learning with on-demand access to all course material.
  • Achieve your dream career with just one hour of dedication per day
      • An hour per day to have a career that you love.
      • An hour to earn a high salary in a creative field.
      • An hour to have your name in the credits of the next film!

Work from the class:


Still, not sure if Academy of Animated Art is right for you?

Believe me, we get it. Although these courses are a fraction of the cost you would pay a traditional school, this is still a lot of money. So here are some reasons why you should be willing to give us a try.

  • We also offer a 15-day money back guarantee. If you sign up and find that Academy of Animated Art isn’t right for you, we will offer a refund, when you show us that you have gone through one lecture and done the work, we want to make sure that you try!
  • We offer lifetime access to all our courses. This means you will have access to all the updates and changes we make to the classes as this ever-changing industry evolves.

Academy of Animated Art works hard to create courses that will provide value to our students. We are confident you'll LOVE this course, too. But if for some reason you don't, then we will gladly give you a full refund within 15 days*.

*Not eligible for a refund if over 25% of the course has been viewed


Who is behind Academy of Animated Art?

Jasmine Katatikarn and Michael Tanzillo are the Co-Founders of Academy of Animated Art. They are both Senior Lighting Artists at Blue Sky Studios with a combined 20+ years of working on VFX and Animated Films.

Mike and Jasmine created The Academy of Animated Art because working in animated features and visual effects has been a dream come true. They were both struggling, young artists who were a bit lost before making the decision to try and become lighting artists. Since then, they have been able to launch careers that have allowed them the opportunity to not only work in an industry that is challenging and fulfilling, but also lead a full life outside of work including traveling the world and starting a family.

This success did not come without a price. Mike and Jasmine have combined to spend over $100,000 on their education before getting their first jobs in animation. Even after that, there was still a gap between what they learned in school and what they needed to know to ultimately succeed in this industry. Now, after more than 20 films and countless student loan payments, they have designed a way to teach artists the necessary skills in order to be successful in this industry without the huge financial burden. The system included a school designed to be an online education system that was affordable and accessible to everyone around the world who wants to chase their dream of working on the next big animated film.

In other words, they have designed a school they wish existed so they could get their dream job faster and save $100,000 in the process.

That school is Academy of Animated Art.

Is this program for you?

Whether you're a traditional artist looking to explore digital mediums, an engineer with a creative streak, or an animation enthusiast aiming to develop your own projects, our course is tailored to make learning 3D modeling accessible and enjoyable.

Join now to unlock your creative potential and embrace the opportunities that 3D modeling brings!

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