Animation is an important aspect of not only entertainment stories, film and movie industry, but also in businesses. For many reasons, the demand for visual animation experts (animators) is on the rise. DreamGrow opines that animated video is the best strategy for your social media because it is fun, universal, cheaper to produce, evokes more emotions, and catches users attention better.
In fact, it is believed that adding animation to your website can boost sales by as much as 200 percent. These benefits of animation, coupled with so many other (increasingly) numerous upsides, are why you might want to pick up some animation skills.
So whether you want to pick animation as a leisure time hobby, or only want to hone the little already-existing know-how you have about the art, the platforms below are some of the best online platforms for learning animation.
Best Online Platforms for Learning Animation
1. Animation Mentor
Animation Mentor is one the best animation school available online. The platform prides itself as an “original online animation school taught by professional animators to grow you in the art of character animation.” and it uses a mentor approach to impact the art of animation to aspiring animation professionals — newbies, students, and pretty much any interested individual.
Animation Mentor was founded in 2005 by Pixar Studios and takes in students to its animation workshops and full programs via application processes only.
2. Bloop Animation
Are you totally new to the animation scene? Or you have little next to no idea what the art entails, but would love to learn more? Then Bloop Animation is a good place to start. Bloop Animation has a wide array of animation courses for beginners (and even professionals) and takes a step-by-step approach to teach animation to newbies till they become professionals.
Bloop understands that learning to animate isn’t exactly a smooth road and that is why it takes a slow and skmple approach to properly guide newbie, explain basic terms, required tools, recommend softwares, hardware, books etc.
Like Animation Mentor, AnimSchool also adopts a mentor style of tutoring beginners and intermediates. Students of AnimSchool will learn to animate from industry professionals who already work for some of the biggest and best animation studios in the world like Disney and DreamWorks.
Of all the platforms on this list, AnimDoji is a personal favorite. AnimDoji adopts a practical and fun approach to tutoring on animation: regular mini-assignments, animation challenges, weekly interactive live sessions, peer reviews, discussion forum, and critique of students works by top industry professionals.
Signing up for Animation lessons on AnimDoji totally cost nothing although there is paid membership (goes for about £15/month) which comes with extra training materials and option to purchase more extra features as perks.
5. School of Motion
School of Motion has a plethora of super interesting courses to help you kickstart your animation career but one of the best is the platform’s ‘Animation Bootcamp‘. School of Motion has a tone of project files and assets that are layered and supplied in digestible doses as you proceed deeper into higher learning levels. You also get to network and interact with students and professionals of like minds.
Some other perks to enjoy while learning Animation on School of Motion include private class podcast covering tons of topics, personalized critique on your works, in-depth design-learning PDFs, private Facebook group for bootcamp student to Foster interaction and learning.
Lynda (a.k.a. LinkedIn Learning) is an online learning platform owned by LinkedIn, the world largest social media platform for professional.
The website (also mobile Apps for iOS and Android) offers a number of Animation training and tutorials. Lynda costs $29.99 per month. This gives you access to all the over 10,000 courses on the platform, not just the Animation courses.
Udemy is a global online learning platform offering free and paid courses in multiple fields. Animation courses are not left out with dozens of free and paid courses available.
For some reason, most of the paid Animation courses on Udemy are prices at $11.99.
There goes our list of best online platforms for learning Animation. You can use any of them to kick start your career in Animation. If you have used any of these animation platforms, share your taught. Which one is your favourite.