Profiles of Computer Animation Programs & Schools

Smith Micro Software’s Poser series has been around since 1995 and is famous for giving you a wide library of gorgeous 3D characters and props to use. Artists that utilize those assets can now hit the ground running and spend more time focusing on animation and advanced modelling and rendering techniques instead of spending hours just making a character. It’s been five years since I last wrote about Poser and a lot has changed! Let’s take a look at the new features that are in Poser Pro 11.

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Pixologic has declared that ZBrush 4R7 is the final iteration within the ZBrush 4 series, and that they are working on ZBrush 5.0. Instead of adding a few small updates, they’ve packed it with major additions to make ZBrush 4R7 one of the most extensive releases Pixologic has ever had. ZBrush 4R7 is also the first version of ZBrush that’s released with optional 64-bit support!

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Maya is arguably the most famous animation software in the history of 3D animation industry, so let’s take a look at what’s new in Autodesk Maya 2016! Please note that Extension 1 and 2 features are available only to current Maya subscribers as part of the extension releases for Maya 2016 software.

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Blender is one of the best things to ever happen in the 3D industry. It’s 100% free, with no asterisk. You can download the full version for free, you can use it for personal or professional studio projects for free, and you can even change the software and distribute it for free. Everything you make it in Blender is your own property, and it’s been used by famous game and movie companies as well as scientists performing research. The best part of all is how amazing it has grown to become over many years, with countless of award winning animations being made with it. Let’s take a look at what’s new in 2.77a:

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Autodesk has unveiled the new tools and features that they’ll be adding to 3ds Max 2017. This software has been one of the most influential programs in the 3D entertain industry’s history, and we’re excited to the new software skills that you can use!

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While Australia may be best known for its inviting beaches and wild outback, the country’s contributions to animation have richly colored the craft from the very beginning. They know a thing or two about cultivating animation artists Down Under, and RMIT University is among the educational leaders preparing aspiring animators for what awaits.

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You’d be forgiven if you thought that animating, supervising and directing at Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks and Cinesite would satisfy the cravings of any animator. But for industry veteran Jason Ryan, these accolades have only piqued his interest in the craft more and urged him to continue the learning process. Lucky for aspiring animators, Ryan channeled his impulse into the successful online animation school, iAnimate.

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Sowing the seeds of a new online animation school is not exactly an easy or quick endeavor. It takes commitment, time and guts. It also takes patience while you build a curriculum, attract students, and graduate them. None of that deterred veteran animator Garth Drake who took the leap to teach character animation the way he knew worked best.

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An introductory note from the editor:  

We started publishing US based regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators seeking advice regarding the "best" schools in the US. The US-centric lists have been well-received, so much so that we now receive frequent requests to publish rankings of international animation schools. ACR staff writer and Social Media Manager Tom Fronczak managed and authored this year's Top 100 International Animation Schools rankings. In preparing this year’s list, we surveyed over one hundred animation schools across the globe. Our end-goal is to give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.  

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Rocket Sky 3D Animation School

Tuition Information:  $100 Registration fee to secure your spot after acceptance. $5,400 Tuition fee due a week before commencement date.

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