Autodesk Maya Introduction 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: Introduction to Autodesk Maya training thoroughly covers the entire production pipeline utilizing  Maya to help new users make the most of this sophisticated application, as well as broaden the horizons of existing self-taught users. In this Autodesk Maya training course, you will learn about the Autodesk Maya user interface, learn to Model, UV Unwrap, Texture, animate, and create lighting to render your still and animated productions. This class is also the perfect introduction to the Arnold renderer now being bundled with Maya, and learn new features now included with the current version such as 3D Type and the 2.0 Viewport that is even more integrated with the Arnold renderer.

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge is recommended. Experience with 2d-Paint  and any non-linear editor is a plus.

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 Introduction Course Outline

Day 1
Introduction to the Maya interface
Essential Preferences and Settings
Base Skill Quick-Start and skill assignments to teach basic tools
Workflow based assignments to teach modeling hard surface objects with angular edges
UV Unwrapping cubic and hard surface objects for texturing
Creating material networks using Adobe Photoshop layers

Day 2
Introduction to spherical and cylindrical hard surface modeling
UV Unwrapping spherical and cylindrical objects for texturing
Workflow based assignments using all techniques learned to date to Create a Photo-realistic model
Introduction to modeling logos and 3D type tool
Materials, Surfaces, Textures, and the Hyper Shade Editor

Day 3
Introduction to Rigging, Constraints, Bones, and Skinning
Introduction to M.E.L ( Maya Enhancement Language)
Introduction to Animation, the Graph Editor, and the Dope Sheet editor
Animation Tools
Animating with Constraints
Animating with Rigs
Animation Principles: Appeal, Overlap, Anticipation, Exaggeration, Staging, Secondary Action, and more…

Day 4
An introduction to Lighting, 1pt, 2pt, 3+pt lighting models,
Exporting for ‘Video Game Engine’ or ‘Real Time’ applications
Arnold Render Engine Introduction
Viewport 2.0 improvements for real-time visualizations
Basic Rendering & Render Pipeline setup for Still Images and Animation based projects
Creating a render pipeline with After 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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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: 5 out of 5 - 2 Reviews

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A Source Of Knowledge That Should Be Used By Everyone!
Think B!G is awesome. A source of knowledge that should be used by everyone. -DOD, Angeles (Autodesk Maya 2020)
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Learned More Than I Believed I Would After Only Day 1
"Looking at Maya, it's easy to be intimidated by the interface alone. I came in to this class and learned more than I believed I would learn after only day 1, and by the end of my training I feel very confident to model and do basic levels of animation in Maya. The instructor was very knowledgeable and shows the do's an do-not's of using the software, and most importantly, was very patient while trying to learn. Additionally, the agenda is set so if you didn't fully understand how to do something say on Day 1, you will learn how to do those steps again on future days while still moving ahead with the agenda (i.e., repetition of using the modeling tools). I highly recommend this class and I look forward to future Maya classes to further my 3D modeling and animation capabilities." --Brandon S. - DOD (Intro to Autodesk Maya Training)