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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You must meet each of the following:

  • Be 10 years or older upon the first day of class. Grades 6 - 12

  • Have a good understanding of the English language (our classes are only conducted in English).

  • Have intermediate general computer software skills.

  • Meet the minimum computer system requirements (see below).

COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Because we are an online workshop, you must have a computer with an Internet connection and webcam. The webcam allows you to capture images from your sketchbook, record video reference, and participate in class with your mentor and other students. Detailed computer system requirements include:

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Windows

Windows 7

Windows 8 or 8.1

Windows 10

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Mac

Mac OS X 10.8.5

Mac OS X 10.9.x

Mac OS X 10.10.x

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE

Note: To ensure the best learning experience within our curriculum, we recommend that you use Autodesk Maya. All our rigs and demonstrations use Maya.

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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)

  • 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor

  • HD-capable webcam

  • Headphones and headset-mounted microphone

  • Three button mouse (required for work within Maya)

  • Broadband Internet: 5Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload to Animation Mentor servers

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

  • WinZip or 7Zip

  • Keyframe MP

  • DaVinci Resolve

  • Image Editing Software: Photoshop, GIMP, or equivalent

  • The AM Pipeline (AMP) (Provided to AN01-06 & Creatures Workshops Only)

MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • SKETCHBOOK: The curriculum includes sketchbook assignments to help you observe and capture the essence of what is happening around you and to integrate that reference into your work.

  • WEBCAM AND HEADSET: These devices allow you to fully participate in our Live Reviews.

  • RECOMMENDED BOOKS (optional): The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston or The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams are trusted references for animation students.