Autodesk Maya Advanced Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class

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Outline & Course Information

Duration & Times: 4 Days – 8:30AM-3:00PM EST

Locations for Training:

Course Description: In this Advanced Maya Training Class we will review the basics covered in Intro to Maya and dive further into hard surface modeling, technical modeling, organic modeling, and set modeling.  You will learn to use light utilities to build advanced indoor/outdoor lighting rigs, and shaders with advanced texture networks to achieve the best possible results. We will also teach advanced rendering pipelines utilizing  Maya Software rendering and the Arnold render engine using Render Layers, Batch Rendering and export the frames to Adobe Photoshop or After Effects to put the final touches on our still and animated shots. Advanced animation workflows and dynamic simulations will also be covered to create the most believable and realistic animation possible. The advanced class is also a great way to learn about all the new Features now bundled with Autodesk Maya like: the extended MASH toolset, 3D Type, Viewport 2.0 with Arnold, and the improved Motion Graphics Toolset used to create complex procedural effects.

Prerequisites: Experience with 3D modeling is recommended. Introduction to Autodesk Maya training class or equivalent experience. Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.

Required Technical Set-Up:
• Primary computer connected to a second monitor OR second computer to view instructor live
• Reliable High-speed internet connection
• Web Browser: Google Chrome Preferred (Alternative: Microsoft Edge)
• 3-Button Computer mouse
• Audio Speaker/Microphone (built-in to computer or external)

Job Roles That Use Autodesk Maya:
Digital Designers
Professional Designers

Projects That Use Autodesk Maya:
Create 3D Applications
Game Development
Architectural Design
Product Design

Autodesk Maya Advanced Course Outline

Day 1
Review of base skill sets and review of Maya Interface changes
Assembling your source material & aligning image planes in Photoshop
Project based product modeling assignment
Photo-realistic object modeling techniques for commercials, props, and sets
Modeling Surfaces with corners and bevels
Modeling Curved Surfaces
UV Unwrapping
Workflow demonstrations
3D Type improvements

Day 2
Semi-complex and complex model workflows & projects
Organic Models & NURBS modeling techniques
Advanced shading networks and the HyperShade Editor
Layered texture vs. layered shader
Creating realistic materials and shaders:
Wood, Iron, Chrome, Copper, Glass
Using 2D & 3D materials
Creating wrapping & Tie textures
Managing Multi UV sets for advanced textures

Day 3
Render Layers review
Maya, Arnold render engine
Intro to Arnold shaders
Intro to Arnold: Ambient Occlusion, Global Illumination
HDRI and Final Gather for IBL Environment textures
1, 2, 3, 3+ lighting models
Using Viewport 2.0 and Arnold
Intro to the MASH toolset
Motion Graphic Tools

Day 4
Advanced Animation workflows and Dynamic Simulations
nCloth Introduction
Rendering & Render setup
Creating a render pipeline
Compositing in After Effects or Photoshop
Tweaking shadows, specular, reflection, and lighting passes in real-time
Creating depth of field & other post effects
Outputting the final composite for editing

Disclaimer: All course objectives and outlines are used as a guideline and are subject to change to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Software Versions: ThinkB!G open enrollment classes are taught on the most current version of software whenever possible. To request a specific version, please Contact Us or call us at 301-362-2250.

What You Get
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Certified Instructors that are Senior Consultants
  • Official Curriculum Courseware & Personal Use of Class Recording for Limited Time
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Remote Access to ThinkB!G Class Computer with Software licenses & Class Files Pre-Installed for Use During Training--No Installs or Downloads
  • Instructor's Real-Time View of ThinkB!G Class Computer Screen for Immediate Live Interactive Support
  • If Certification Training is Selected, It May Include a Test Prep Tool, Testing Voucher with Free Retake, and Proctor Fee (if taken with ThinkB!G Virtually)
  • Note: IT Support is Available to Pre-Flight Virtual Class Set Up Before & During Training

Public Enrollment Training

This course is currently not on our Public Enrollment Training Calendar. If you are interested, please click the link below to complete our request form.

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Virtual Online Live Training (VOLT™) Access from Anywhere, or Onsite at Your Location

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Dates to Register

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Custom Private Training

We offer this course as Custom Private Training or Project Based Training®!

If you have a team of individuals, you can receive bulk discounts by doing your own Private training session & cover your specific learning objectives! We can have the Private Training at ThinkB!G in Columbia, Maryland, Virtually Online Live (Available for Most Courses), or Onsite at Your Location.

What's Included?

  • Custom Outline to include Targeted Topics Based on Your Learning Needs
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Instructors that are Senior Consultants Certified by Adobe (ACI), Apple (ACT), & Microsoft (MCT)
  • Official Curriculum Courseware
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Computer (Apple Mac or Windows PC) with Software & Class Files (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)
  • Free Parking (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)

Submit details and a formal training quote will be sent to you!

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Payment Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training class.


Payment Policy for Private & Project Based Training® Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training service.  Pricing provided is firm fixed price based on number of students.  Client is responsible for entire amount regardless of change in number of registrations.


Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

  • Classes may be canceled if less than 4 students are registered. We will notify you of cancellations no later than 16 business days prior to class.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling more than 16 business days prior to class: You are eligible for a refund or free reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling less than 16 business days prior to class: No refund. No Reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • No Shows without contact: No refund. No Reschedule.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Custom/Private and On-Site Training Classes

  • No penalty if cancellation/reschedule is 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class.
  • 50% penalty will be incurred if cancellation/reschedule is less than 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class. This fee is to cover instructor expenses, travel, and course materials purchased.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Individual Students in Custom/Private Training Classes

  • Individual students registered in a private class, who cancel or do not show, are not eligible for a partial refund or reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student. Please contact your class organizer or manager if you need to cancel. 

Average Review: 4.67 out of 5 - 3 Reviews

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"You guys take AWESOME care of us while we're here. We're spoiled. :)" -Laurie A., DOD (Autodesk Maya Advanced Course)
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Unmatched Instructor, Content Covered, & Enjoyment While Learning
"The finest class I have ever taken at Think BIG. I honestly couldn't be happier with how this Advanced Maya class went. The instructor, the content covered, and enjoyment experienced during this training was unmatched. [The instructor] covered so many topics and techniques that I was interested in pursuing but until now never knew how to tackle them. It's always exciting to learn more about interesting topics, particularly in software I use often and enjoy. I loved this class!" - Jimmy S. - DOD (Advanced Autodesk Maya Training)
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Likely the Best Class I've Ever Had
"Likely the best class I've ever had, certainly the best class I've ever had on the subject of Advanced Maya. Best part? Not only did I have fun, but I get to turn around and use everything I learned at work tomorrow. :)" - Laurie B., DOD (Advanced Autodesk Maya Training)