Maya training for beginners, teaching the 3D modelling, animation, simulation and rendering skills you need to realise your creative ideas.
Autodesk Maya is used to generate 3D assets for use in architecture, film, television and game development. It provides a comprehensive toolset that includes motion graphics, virtual reality and character creation.
Our Maya Essentials course teaches key techniques including:
- Working with objects and nodes.
- Polygon modelling.
- Materials, texturing and mapping.
- Applying materials.
- Lighting and rendering.
- Animation and camera theory.
The course includes a session looking at the most popular renderers used with Maya, including Arnold, V-Ray and mental ray, to help you ascertain the one that best meets your needs.
Maya Essentials training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
In-class or online
Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures and comprehensive sanitisation implemented.
We continue to offer all courses in our popular live online format.
Accredited Maya training
Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), accredited to provide Maya training.
Maya courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors with vast experience of using Maya professionally.
How will I learn?
Maya training is hands-on and practical.
Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running Maya.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
Maya training for Windows or Mac
Maya training is available for both Windows and Mac users.
Your training can be based any recent version of Maya.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Maya, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Maya training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
Maya certification exams
When you attend Maya training, you’re not assessed and there is no exam to sit. We teach you practical skills you can use in the real world, not prepare you to sit a test.
If you want to gain an industry-recognised credential in Maya, we offer Autodesk certification exams that you can sit on a future date.
Exams can be sat at our Bromsgrove centre, on online. For further details, see Certification exams.
After course support
Following Maya training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Maya trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
No prior Maya knowledge is necessary.
Training can be based on any version of Maya to suit you.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for Maya training can be made by:
- Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
- Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Maya Essentials course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Maya Essentials course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
For over 30 years, Wolf has worked as a professional Visual Effects Artist, specialising in Motion Graphics, 2D and 3D animations and compositing, mainly in the film and broadcast television industries.
Wolf has worked as a professional trainer and university lecturer for over 15 years, equipping hundreds of people with skills to bring their ideas to life.
He trains people to a professional level in a range of industry-standard applications, including Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Audition, and Maxon Cinema 4D.
Introduction to Maya
- Maya basics
- The process
- Menus in Maya
- Modules and menu sets
- User interface elements
- The shelf
- Camera panels
- The Hotbox
Working with files
Working with objects
- Scene management editors
- Viewport selection
- Using the Outliner
- Scene hierarchy
- Nodes and attributes
- Using the Display Layer Editor
- Transformation tools
- Additional transformation
- Creating polygon objects
- Combine and separate
- Construction history
- Nonlinear deformers
- Polygon components
- Transforming components
- Adding components
- Removing components
- Polygon normals
- Polygon marking menus
Materials and mapping
- The principles of a surface
- Introduction to the materials editor
- Different types of material
- Applying materials
- Using 2D maps
- Introduction to UVW mapping
- Editing UVW map coordinates
- Applying materials and maps
- Introduction to Mental Ray materials
- Applying and editing Mental Ray materials
- Applying Mental Ray materials
- Introduction to lighting
- Learning general principles
- Working with key-frames
- Animating objects
- Working with the Track View Editor
- Animating an object with key-frames
- Understanding animation controllers
- Working with object hierarchies
- Camera theory
- Creating and editing cameras
- How to compose a scene in the camera view correctly
- Wiring storyboards and cinema-graphic techniques
- Review of Maya’s built-in renderer: Arnold
- Review of popular third-party renderers: V‑Ray, mental ray.
- Render scene dialog
- Scene states
- Batch render
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a real Maya course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the Maya training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online Maya Essentials courses are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using Maya.
- If you don’t have access to Maya software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.
Maya certification exams, leading to an industry-recognised credential, available to sit online.
Whether you’re a student or a professional, Maya Autodesk Certified User (ACU) status validates your skillset, accelerating career advancement and helping you stand out in a competitive job market.
Successful candidates receive:
- An e-certificate (PDF) from Autodesk confirming your Maya-certified status.
- An official Autodesk-Certified badge that you can use to market your skills, e.g. on your business cards, in your email signature, on your website, etc.
To read more about the benefits of achieving Autodesk-certified status in Maya, read Lyndsay Mann’s blog What benefits does Autodesk certification bring?
Maya online exams
Maya exams are sat online from your place of work or home.
To protect exam integrity, exam sittings are monitored by a proctor from Armada. Your Photo ID will be verified prior to your exam starting.
To sit an online exam, all you need is a computer (Windows or Mac) with:
- A strong Internet connection (min. 5Mbps).
- Screen resolution at least 1200 x 800.
- Chrome browser.
You don’t need to have Maya installed – you’ll access Maya on a virtual computer during your exam. No webcam is required.
Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam in Maya
Entry level exam to validate your knowledge of fundamental concepts and procedures in Maya.
- Qualification: Autodesk Certified User in Maya.
- Length of exam: 50 minutes.
- Recommended preparation: Attend Maya Essentials training, and have approximately 50 hours’ experience using Maya.
- Further details: download exam guide.
A practice test is available that reflects the questions you’re likely to be asked in your Maya ACU exam. The practice test is taken online, from your place of work or home. The test has two modes:
- Testing mode, which replicates your exam.
- Training mode, which provides step-by-step help on questions.
The practice test can be retaken up to 30 times in a one-year period.
Practice tests are only available for purchase with an exam.
Maya ACU exam: £150 + VAT.
Discounted price available to Armada training delegates: £100 + VAT.
Maya ACU exam/practice test bundle: £200 + VAT.
Discounted price available to Armada training delegates: £130 + VAT.
Maya ACU exam retake: £75 + VAT.
When can I take my Maya exam?
You can take your exam in one of our regular exam sessions.
2022 exam sessions are scheduled to take place on 21 Jul, 18 Aug, 22 Sep, 20 Oct, 24 Nov, 15 Dec.
Exam sittings usually take place in the morning, at 10am. We confirm your exam time one week before your sitting.
Booking an exam and payment options
To book an exam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the exam you’d like to sit, or call 01527 834783.
Payment for AutoCAD exams can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
Q and A
- What is the pass mark for Maya ACU certification exams?
You will be notified of the pass mark prior to your exam starting.
- When do I find out if I’ve passed?
Immediately, when you complete your exam. You result is displayed on-screen.
- What happens if I do not pass?
You will receive a diagnostic score report that indicates areas for improvement. You may then retake the examination as needed. Should you need to retake an exam, simply re-book. Discounted prices are available for retakes.
- Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Email any questions you have to email@example.com.
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