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3D Foundation

This course is perfect…

  • For a comprehensive foundation in 3D modeling, texturing and lighting inside Autodesk Maya
  • For aspiring 3D artists looking for a part time VFX course taught by industry professionals
  • If you're looking to learn real-world VFX production skills and gain certified Autodesk Maya training
  • For anyone who needs to balance their day job with evening classes
  • If you want the best possible start in your career as a 3D artist by learning industry best practice techniques
  • For student and graduate 3D artists preparing for the job market, looking to gain the skills employers are looking for
  • For career changers who want to start learning the creative skillset for a career in 3D VFX
  • Want to find out more? Book a 1-2-1 with our admissions team now

Course Includes

  • Free online primer course before you start studying - so your foundation skills are up to speed
  • Access to our VLE system where you will be able to access additional resources to supplement your training throughout the duration of the course and 12 months of free access after completing the course.
  • Escape Aftercare and career support
  • Help and advice on your own projects and starting your showreel
  • Free Autodesk Software upon registration to the Autodesk Education Community - full details included with course welcome information

Course Details

London, UK
Mon and Wed: 7pm - 10pm
30 Weeks
Start Dates:
  • April 20th 2015
  • May 11th 2015
  • July 13th 2015
  • September 7th 2015
Maya, Photoshop
Early booking discount:
Save £500 when you pay in full, 3 months before the course starts
Payment plan:
Pay £1,000 deposit to reserve your place and then 5 instalments of £750 on weeks 1, 6, 12, 18 & 24

The Third Dimension

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Autodesk Maya is the visual effects tool of choice. Lots of the 'out of this world' FX you’ve seen on the big screen will have been created using this software, amongst others - and this is the tool you will learn on our 3D Foundation part-time evening course.

Maya powers everything from the mind-blowing effects we see in Hollywood blockbusters to the animation in major game series. Taught by industry professionals, this course offers you the best possible start for a career in 3D VFX.

Using step by step tuition and genuine production examples, we introduce you to Maya’s capabilities, workflows and interface before walking you through the key 3D techniques you’ll need to begin your journey from beginner to CG professional.

The 3D Foundation evening course is the part-time equivalent of the first 6 weeks of our 3D for Visual Effects full-time day course. After completing 3D Foundation, you are eligible to advance your 3D skills and enrol on the 3D for Visual Effects part-time evening course.

Success stories

Carmine Agnone

3D Foundation

Carmine Agnone

Carmine finished his study with us on April 1st 2011, and by the following September, was working at Baseblack and shortly after, MPC.

“The VFX world is as fascinating as it is complex, and I think the only way to be part of it is to continue working hard, continue studying and above all, believe in what you do, never feel 'arrived'”

These words of wisdom considered, it was ironically the film Never Ending Story that first sparked escapee Carmine Agnone’s intrigue in the world of VFX. Described to us as a “HOW DID THEY DO THAT!” moment, it inspired him to begin creating his own VFX, from his first amateur production at the age of 16, to recently working on Tim Burton’s latest film Dark Shadows. This lifelong Burton fan come VFX expert has ticked off some incredible career achievements since his time with Escape Studios.

Carmine finished his study with us on April 1st last year, and by the following September, was working at Baseblack and shortly after, MPC, both giants in the VFX industry. Having earned a position as a Matchmove artist and 3D Generalist, Carmine explains how his experience at Escape prepared and enticed him further into a career in visual effects.

“There were so many beautiful experiences at Escape, but the best were in the relaxation room, where I chatted with other escapees about our plans, projects, dreams and hopes for working in the world of VFX after the course… for many of us this dream came true.”

Having also worked on other projects for films World War Z and Dredd, Carmine is just one of the many who continued to fulfil their career ambitions and draw from industry knowledge acquired here at Escape.

“The key benefit for me at Escape was the opportunity to learn how the work is organised in a VFX company. Coming from a different working environment in Italy, this part of the course was essential for me, equally important was visiting The Mill where we could experience the various stages of post-production, in order to better decide which path to take.”

At the moment, Carmine is working with 3D computer graphics software, Maya, studying and specialising in digital environments. He is also currently practising this research on a camera projection project with a portion of Chicago skyscrapers. His career is obviously moving forward to pastures green, and on discussing this current project explains his motivation…

“I love the architecture, set extension and camera movements!”

Under the ethos of never feeling like he’s arrived and being proactive when it comes to satisfying a hunger for knowledge, Carmine is furthering his career at rapid pace, building on the experiences acquired at Escape. To see exactly what Carmine’s been working on, you can watch his showreel here.

Ben Wiggs

3D Foundation

Ben Wiggs

“From Animation-wanabe to Animator at DNEG – I owe Escape big time.”

Animator at DNEG

“From Animation-wanabe to Animator at DNEG – I owe Escape big time.”

Animation is where it’s at

It’s official: Animated Characters have taken over British TV. With the likes of Alexander the Meerkat, who has made us all laugh, to the latest CG Andrex Puppy who has divided the nation, the animation market is flourishing.  Good job that escapee Ben Wiggs has a secure position as Animator at one of London’s top post production houses; DNEG. Ben has worked on some huge titles: Cadbury's - Spots vs Stripes, Ademe - Garbage Monster, Want to See Something (short film), York - Polar Bear and Airwick –Freshmatic, to name but a few. Ben is in the perfect role at the perfect time but let’s take a look at his journey and how he got there.

Why Animation?

Ben is someone who knows what he wants and from the time he first saw ‘Akira’ aged thirteen he was hooked on the idea of becoming an animator. “I was so smitten I began dabbling with a bit of stop-motion on an old cine camera, before teenage life kicked in and distracted me totally from it. ”But, it wasn’t long before his passion for animation was re-ignited by the legendary Ray Harryhausen who inspired Ben to follow his dream “I was totally fascinated by him and particularly loved ‘Clash of the Titans’.  It undoubtedly had a direct effect on my willingness to try some stop-motion animation and I knew what I wanted to do with my life I just needed the skills to get me there”.

To Escape and Beyond

Ben didn’t study at University because he just wasn’t convinced he was a ‘University type of guy’. So, he set to work on the internet looking up courses, eventually finding Escape Studios. Before he knew it, he was coming in for an open day tour and signing up to study his dream subject. Ben told us that the main reason he chose to study with Escape was because he knew that Maya was the industry-standard software of choice and the courses taught at Escape were 12 week comprehensive Maya master-classes. “It was perfect for me as a young animator-wannabe trying to find a way in to this industry. It was more than I could ever have hoped it would be! The course literally took a bunch of novices and set us up ready to start a career in CG”.

Once Ben had completed his course he was ready to start looking for his first job in the industry. So, he did what all of our graduates do and met with our Recruitment Team: “Escape's recruitment service played a massive role in my career. After a stint at Weta in New Zealand, I came back and approached Escape as an ex-student hoping for some contacts. Within weeks they found me my first job in London at Steel Drum Studios, where I stayed for two years. Then later in my career, as a freelance animator, Escape got me gigs at the likes of Glassworks, Not to Scale and Th1ng – I know I couldn’t have done with without them.”

Open Days

Open days

Our next open day will be at 9:30am on March 18th

At the Open Day you'll have the opportunity to see first-hand what happens at our studio based in London. You'll get he opportunity to meet the team, learn more about the courses we offer as well as take a peak in the studios and see what our students are currently working on. 

Join us at our London campus to:

  • Learn about the specialised jobs in VFX and Compositing
  • Understand the course options which suit you
  • Be a fly-on-the-wall in one of our classroom courses
  • Review successful student reels
  • Understand what skills you need to become studio-ready
  • Learn about student perks and soak up the atmosphere

Our Open Days sometimes feature guest industry speakers as well, so you can get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist.


How to register for an Open Day

To book for an on campus Open Day simply fill out the form on the right hand side and our admissions team will be in touch to confirm your booking. You will also be sent more information about getting to Escape Studios and the programme for the day.

Get in touch

Feel free to email admissions@escapestudios.com if you have any other questions or would like more information about our Open Days.

Book a 1-2-1 advisory session 

If you'd prefer to speak to an Advisor direct about your training options, you can also attend our studios for a 1-2-1 with one of our friendly admissions team, just click here to Book a 1-2-1 session.

Register for an Online VLE Tour

If you are interested in studying with us online, why not register for the Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Tour. This short video will take you through how the VLE works and the resources, tutorials and webinars which our students have access to. Register for Online VLE Tour here and we shall send you a link to access this.  




If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to an open day