AnimSchool tuition costs are among the lowest in high-end U.S. animation education.
More details are also in the AnimSchool Catalog, which you can download here.
Each program track consists of 7 courses- 3 Prerequisite courses plus Introduction to Maya if applicable and 4 program courses, each course lasting a term of 11 weeks. Prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
If students do not pass a class with a C grade or higher, they will be required to retake that class (possibly with a different teacher) at their expense. This will raise the cost of the overall program.
There is a one-time application fee of $125, which is non-refundable under most scenarios. An applicant who is denied enrollment into a program is entitled to a full refund of the application fee. See more details about refunds below.
Students must supply their own computer hardware and 3D animation software. The personal computer can cost a few hundred to over a thousand dollars.
Autodesk now offers free software for all AnimSchool program students! The educational package, Autodesk Education Suite for Entertainment Creation, includes Maya, Softimage, Mudbox, and other programs. Instructions for downloading will be issued to program students after admission.
Fast "basic broadband" internet access is required. For best results, students need download speeds of 1200kbps or more and upload speeds of 200 kbps or more. This will allow all students and the teacher to web-conference together in class. At the least, students should have a video stream of the teacher and one student which requires download speeds of 280 kbps and upload speeds of 70 kbps.
To find out the speeds you are experiencing on your computer and connection, go to a website such as www.speedtest.net and hit the Begin Test button.
A microphone and webcam are required. You need to use a microphone and webcam to talk to the teachers and students. Online classes work best with headphones as well, but they are not required.
A webcam is also used to take a picture of drawn assignments, and record live planning for animated scenes.
*TWO monthly payments are made before your very first term begins. (one for Deposit).
**Easy Pay option not available to Express (single class) enrollments.
Decide how you want to pay:
Each Term, Monthly, or EasyPay (EasyPay is low cost, but you take 3 one-term breaks during the program.)
In accordance with Utah state law, students can't pay for entire program upfront.
Pay Per Term $1620 per term
Students can choose to pay each term. This is not an automatic payment; they must submit payment Manually each term.
Pay Monthly $540 per month
Our pay-per-month option allows students the flexibility of splitting the term tuition rate into 3 equal payments, to be paid over the term. There are no extra fees for this service, although we do require a tuition deposit and Automatic Payment setup.
TWO monthly payments are made before your very first term begins: one for the Deposit and one for the first month. (Once the Deposit is on file, for all future terms only one payment is made per month). Students on the monthly payment option must maintain a valid credit or debit card on the account. Upon acceptance to Animschool, Monthly payment students pay 1 month's tuition deposit which is held on account for the student's final month of classes. Their 1st monthly tuition payment is then due on the 25th of the month before the term begins. Payments will be drawn each month automatically, unless paused or stopped.
EasyPay Program $362 per month
We at AnimSchool do not want students to not be able to attend due to finances. What could be easier than getting an advanced education from top 3D professionals for $356 per month?
Students enrolling in a program track may participate in the AnimSchool Easy-Pay Program. In this program, students take nine months longer to go through the AnimSchool program, but pay only $356 per month for 36 months, beginning three months before classes begin, and ending three months after the end of the last class. Three times during the program, the student takes a three month break, called a "recess," during which they continue to pay the $356 per month. During the recess, students continue to access the AnimSchool website and resources. They can attend General Reviews to get help (critiques), access class recordings, and attend drawing classes. They get help from the community and instructors in the forums and student/teacher facebook group. They continue animation or character exercises and prepare for the next term.
Students will need to apply for the Easy-Pay program well in advance to begin their three monthly payments before the term begins. See the academic calendar for the cutoff date. If the student wishes to begin immediately, they must pay the three pre-paid portions plus the first month to avoid having to wait for the following term. Note that completing an AnimSchool program this way takes 30 months, nine months longer than the usual 21 months. During that extra time, although students won't have class, they can continue to participate in the school in all those ways mentioned and get help in preparation for their next course.
Students are required to set up an eligible repeating payment credit card to apply, express intention to complete the program, and upon any withdrawal from AnimSchool, agree to continue payments until all attended classes have been paid for. AnimSchool will send the Certificate of Completion only after the complete tuition under the Easy-Pay program is paid.
Students may selectively avoid any term recess by pre-paying the additional amounts due during the break.
If paid on the Easy Pay Program in 36 installments, an AnimSchool program costs the usual $11,340. (varies depending on bypasses, class repeats or Intro Maya) To apply for the Easy-Pay program, apply as a student three months before the term begins, select the Easy-Pay option and agree to the terms of service. Students who desire to withdraw and receive a refund, may receive according to the normal refund policy.
After registering for the school and paying the otherwise non-refundable $125 registration fee, students have three business days to change their mind and withdraw from the school. They are then eligible for a full refund of all fees and any tuition paid, including the otherwise non-refundable registration fee.
After the three day period, students may withdraw before they participate in AnimSchool classes (including General Reviews and drawing classes) until two weeks before classes begin, for a full refund, minus the non-refundable registration fee.
At any point in a term: Once enrolled in a term, students have until two weeks before classes begin to opt out of the term. After that point, because AnimSchool has already employed their instructors for the term, students are obligated to pay at least 2/3 of the agreed upon tuition, even if they cannot participate in the term.
While a term is underway, students wanting to switch out of a term and re-enter next term may do that, but will forfeit at minimum 2/3 of the tuition for that term (If it is beyond the 7th week of the term, there is no refund issued).
At any point during a term, students may withdraw from AnimSchool. Regardless of the payment method, students are obligated to pay for that term's tuition. If they have paid for the term already, they may be eligible for a maximum refund of 1/3 of the tuition for the term, minus a $75 withdrawal fee.(If it is beyond the 7th week of the term, there is no refund issued). (This assumes additional class sessions were not attended after the withdrawal request). Registration or other fees will not be refunded. Withdrawal can be initiated by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear written request for withdrawal. Any cancellation or withdrawal refund payments will be issued within 30 days.
Student who withdraw from a program after the initial three-day period must petition the review board if they wish to return to AnimSchool.
Taking a Break While a Term is Underway
Students enrolling in a term need to stay with the class during that term, regardless of how their work schedule changes, or their job situation changes. When they enroll in a term, they should be sure that they can fully commit, and complete that term. Students should be sure to have the time and resources to fully participate for the 11 weeks.
While a term is underway, students wanting to switch out of a term and re-enter next term may do that, but will forfeit at minimum 2/3 of the tuition for that term (or more if they are beyond the 7th week). Once a student enrolls in a term, they are committing to that term. If you are unsure about your ability to participate, students have until the final application date per term, which is the Monday before classes begin. For Spring Term, that date is March 26th.
New students must pay before the term begins, in order to enroll. Enrolled students must keep their payments current to maintain status at the school and retain access to the AnimSchool student website and assets. To register in a particular class for the following term, existing students must pay the tuition for that upcoming term.
Existing students must pay for the upcoming term by the posted "Last Day to Register For Classes" on the Academic Calendar, approximately one week before a term begins. Students who fail to pay by that date may be subject to a $35 late fee and have their access restricted to the student AnimSchool website. Students should then call or email email@example.com to bring their account current and resume active student status. Existing students who fail to pay for the current term must contact the Student Administrator and arrange payment to avoid being placed on Academic Probation.
Students on the monthly payment option must maintain a valid credit or debit card on the account. Monthly payments will be withdrawn automatically on the first of the month. If a card is denied during the attempt at processing, the student will be notified by email and they will have seven days to provide a replacement card, or be assessed a $35 late fee. Following the seven days, monthly payment students must contact the Student Administrator and arrange payment to avoid being placed on Academic Probation.
Students on the Easy-Pay payment option must maintain a valid credit or debit card on the account. The monthly payments will be withdrawn automatically on the first of the month or the first business day. If a card is denied during the attempt at processing, whether during a term or during a scheduled Easy-Pay break , the student will be notified by email and they will have seven days to provide a replacement card, or be assessed a $35 late fee. Following the seven days, monthly payment students must contact the Student Administrator and arrange payment to avoid being placed on Academic Probation..
Students should buy the required textbooks, and should consider recommended textbooks. Recommended textbooks may be listed when you sign up for an individual class.
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas $40
The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams $20
Character Animation Crash Course! By Eric Goldberg $23
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 1 and 2 by Walt Stanchfield $40
The Visual Story by Bruce Block $23
Film Directing Shot by Shot by Steven Katz $20
Draw the Looney Tunes by Dan Romanelli $23
Timing For Animation by Tom Sito $20
Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior by Desmond Morris $12
Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and
Feelings to Improve Communication and
Emotional Life by Paul Eckman $11
The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin $17
Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgman $9
Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form by Eric Goldfinger $51
Python in a Nutshell by Alex Martelli $27
Complete Maya Programming - Part I $35
Complete Maya Programming - Part II $51
Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right by Jason Osipa $32
Introduction to 3D Lighting:
Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition) $41 ISBN-10: 0321316312
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