Free Unreal Fellowship: Animation course hits EDC (for a limited time)

September 13, 2023
During the monumental shift in the industry, it can sometimes feel like your career is at a standstill. And yet, right now a monumental shift is sweeping through the animation industry, giving new power to anyone that learns real-time animation. 

So how can you get in on this? Audit our Unreal Fellowship: Animation course, which just hit the Epic Developer Community for a limited time. Typically invite-only, this course has already helped hundreds of animators learn the medium. Join them and see a three-week masterclass in action.
Image courtesy of Matthew Skurow

When can I watch the course?

This special edition Unreal Fellowship: Animation course runs from September 13 to September 28, 2023. All of the content will be presented in webinar-style recordings; the first batch of which is available now!

With 15 classes and multiple guest speakers over the three weeks, you’ll gain more than just an understanding of a growing trend; you’ll learn skills that can open doors.

Who is the Unreal Fellowship: Animation course for?

Traditionally, applicants are industry professionals with beginning to intermediate levels of Unreal Engine experience. Common applicants include:
  • Animators, Technical Animators/Directors, Layout Artists, Previs Artists, Motion Editors
  • Directors, Animation Supervisors, VFX Supervisors, Previs Supervisors
  • Film, Broadcast and Animation studio executives who have production experience in linear animation or VFX content creation
However, this is the first time animators, with little-to-no Unreal Engine experience, can take in the lessons/ideas that have been helping the pros reskill for years!
Image courtesy of Jesus Barrennechea

What will I take away from this course?

By auditing this course, you’ll see why real-time animation is gaining a foothold in the entertainment industry through lessons that show you how to make use of its instant feedback. While active participation and project coursework won't be available, you'll get to review presentation/course materials not usually found online.

In terms of concepts, animation is a broad subject, so this course focuses on the principles of animation, as well as various tools and techniques used in Unreal Engine. These include keyframing, Sequencer, animation Blueprints, Control Rig, Live Link, Movie Render Queue, and more.

Our instructors will specifically teach you how to:
  • Gain insights into the current state of real-time animation industry trends
  • Grasp the core concepts of lighting and essential rendering techniques
  • Showcase animation principles using keyframes in Unreal Engine Sequencer
  • Utilize Sequencer and its curve editor to craft shots and sequences
  • Develop a simple control rig for bipedal character prop animation
  • Enhance mocap or keyframe data with additive animation layering
  • Master optimal approaches for integrating third-party DCC animation data
Image courtesy of Jeasy Sehgal
What if I have questions?
Like Fellows, you’ll also have access to our office hours. Just follow this link during any of the times listed below to talk with an Epic expert.
Sept 14 - 11:00 – 1:00 PM PST
Sept 21 - 11:00 – 1:00 PM PST
Sept 28 - 11:00 – 1:00 PM PST
Image courtesy of Joe Raasch

How can I learn more?

This special course is complimentary, so you can access it for a limited time via the Epic Developer Community (EDC).

If you want to master the art of real-time animation, then this is the perfect place to begin — Unreal Fellowship courses have helped grow the skills of numerous animators like you since 2020.

Paid training options are also available if your studio would like to take its team’s real-time animation skills to the next level. 

For even more options, check out our Authorized Training Centers - they offer a variety of courses designed for team and individuals wanting to learn and do more with Unreal Engine. 

Learn more about animating in Unreal Engine

Want to get a head-start on real-time animation? Start watching the Unreal Fellowship: Animation course.

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