The AACA 3D Animation and visual effects online course equips students with the skills to work in post-production, design sound, capture motion, visualise in 3D space, put ideas down visually (draw) on paper or computer, operate software packages, follow and assess storyboard instructions, plan work flow, manage themselves in larger projects, manage electronic files, model characters, create light and texture, animate by adding motion, composite and render, work in teams, and rig models.

The course is designed with the same intensity and quality of our on-campus learning with the added flexibility studying from anywhere in the world. Making use of the latest technologies in virtual learning, we able to deliver to you the experience that make AACA the best. The lessons are delivered though our App and live online class lectures.

AACA understands the importance of practicals in the discpline of 3D animation and visual effects, that’s why the lessons are integrated with guided-practicals, projects, quarterly masterclasses, and production camps where the students all get together to produce 3D animation films. In addition, they connect, network and grow, under the supervision of industry professionals.

This course is perfect for anyone, young or old, student or employed who is passionate about becoming a 3D animator.

Course Start Date: 25/01/2021
Duration: One Year
Number of Lessons: +/- 80


The course is delivered in 4 cycles. Each cycle offers a unique approach and is designed to take the student through an exciting experience of attaining knowledge about the history of animation, forms, styles and technology, characterisation and story boarding, the production process (modelling, texturing and lighting, animation and motion, compositing and rendering), types of outputs, procedures for storyboarding, conceptualising, copyright, intellectual property, editing principles, film/video/camera language and cinematography, scripting language, operating systems, Internet, hardware, resources, and health hazards related to computer use.

On completion of this course, students are capable of animating characters, modelling objects and characters, texturing and lighting objects, characters and backgrounds, drawing characters and objects, storyboarding scripts, managing own projects, compositing layers, managing electronic files, rigging models, rendering files, formats and outputting, designing backgrounds, assessing contracts and marketing their own 3D animation and visual effects capabilities.


a) Minimum Qualification Requirements
• ID or Valid Passport
• Proof of residence
• Grade 12 or Matric or Equivalent
• Curriculum Vitae
• Communication, Computer and Maths literacy.

b) Course Requirements
• Laptop
• Smartphone
• Internet connection
• Software used in this course: Soft Image, Maya,3D Max, Blender, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Effects.

• History of Animation + VFX
• Design (Shot design, character design, design for props, and locations.
• Lighting
• Modelling, and ZBrush
• Surfacing
• Career Prep
• Animation
• Visual Effects and Data Acquisition
• Previsualization
• Life Drawing
• Rigging
• Pre-Production
• Compositing
• Sculpture/Sculpting/ Digital Sculpting
• Creative Development
• Acting for Animators


NQF Level 5 – National Certificate: 3D Animation And Visual Effects, NQF Level 5: 149 Credits
AACA certificate of completion
All your quarterly 3DAnimation production camp projects, as your showreel.


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