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Maya Bootcamp

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Maya Bootcamp

Discover the power of Autodesk Maya and bring your creative visions to life with this beginner-friendly bootcamp course where you will create your first 3D digital asset, a highly detailed cassette.

11 Lessons
45 Enrolled
480 Minutes



Are you ready to unlock your full potential as a digital artist and master Autodesk Maya, the powerhouse of 3D software? Welcome to the Maya Bootcamp, an intensive 8-hour course designed to transform your creative visions into stunning 3D realities.

Meet Your Instructor

Loïc Ciaux, Environment TD at Framestore in London, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this Bootcamp. A graduate of ArtFX in France and a Rookie Alumni, Loïc was a finalist in the Rookie Awards 2022. He is renowned for his work on notable projects such as Relativity, The Little Mermaid, and Disenchanted. His deep understanding of environmental artistry and practical experience in the field make him an invaluable guide through the complexities of Autodesk Maya.

Course Overview

Autodesk Maya is a leading 3D software, widely used across creative industries for its robust capabilities in modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering. This Bootcamp is crafted for absolute beginners who aspire to elevate their skills and produce portfolio-worthy projects.

Learning Journey

  • Introduction to Autodesk Maya: Familiarize yourself with the interface and tools that make Maya a top choice among professionals.
  • 3D Modeling Essentials: Start your journey with the fundamentals of 3D modeling, focusing on building a highly detailed audio cassette.
  • Realism Through References: Learn to use real-world references to add authenticity and detail to your models, enhancing realism in your digital creations.
  • Advanced Modeling Techniques: Dive deeper into Maya’s capabilities as we add intricate details like screws, cassette tapes, and stickers to our model.
  • UV Mapping: Master the crucial process of creating UVs, setting the stage for successful texturing.
  • Texturing and Materials: Explore texturing techniques that bring your models to life with realistic materials and finishes.
  • Lighting Mastery: Employ advanced lighting techniques to highlight the best features of your models and enhance the overall visual impact.

Portfolio Development Project

Throughout this Bootcamp, you’ll apply what you learn by creating a detailed audio cassette model from scratch. This project will not only reinforce your learning but also serve as a standout piece in your portfolio.

Beyond the Software

  • Professional Development: Gain insights into industry practices, time-saving tips, and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Portfolio and Career Advancement: Learn how to present your work effectively to capture the attention of potential clients and collaborators.

Why Enroll in Maya Bootcamp?

Investing in this Bootcamp is an investment in your future as a digital artist. By the end of the course, you’ll have the confidence and skills to tackle more ambitious projects and stand out in the competitive digital art landscape.

Are you ready to start your transformative journey with Autodesk Maya? Enroll in Maya Bootcamp today and turn your creative aspirations into concrete achievements!

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Learning Outcomes

Discover the Power of Maya

Learn about the key features and tools of Maya, and discover its potential for creating 3D digital assets

Master Modeling Techniques

Develop proficiency in 3D modeling using Maya, including polygonal modeling, NURBS modeling, and sculpting techniques

Explore Lighting and Shading

Gain a deep understanding of lighting principles and techniques to create realistic and visually appealing scenes in Maya. Learn about different light types, shadows, and shading materials

Master the Art of UV Mapping

Learn advanced UV mapping techniques to create accurate and efficient UV maps, ensuring proper texture application and maintaining optimal resolution.

Dive into Rendering and Visual Effects

Learn how to set up and optimize the rendering process in Maya, including working with render engines, adjusting render settings, and applying visual effects to enhance the final output.

Develop Workflow Efficiency

Discover tips, tricks, and best practices for optimizing your workflow in Maya, including organization techniques, efficient use of tools, and time-saving approaches.

Badge: Maya Bootcamp

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Awarded to members that have completed the Autodesk Maya Bootcamp course in Rookies Learning. Earning this badge demonstrates your expertise and commitment to your professional development. Display it proudly on your Rookies profile to showcase your achievements and stand out from peers.

Maya Bootcamp




Environment TD at Framestore (London)

Loïc Ciaux is Environment Artists at Framestore, London. He studied at ArtFX in France, and is a Rookie Alumni that was a finalist in Rookie Awards 2022. He is best known for  his work on Relativity (2021), The Little Mermaid (2023) and Disenchanted (2022).

Course Roadmap


Settle in to the course, meet your instructor, join the private server and get setup.

Introduction 4 Min View Lesson
Join Server 6 Min View Lesson
What is Maya? 6 Min View Lesson
Install & Setup 15 Min View Lesson

3D Cassette

Work through nearly 8 hours of video training and create your first photorealistic digital asset.

Research & Mastering PureRef 67 Min View Lesson
Modeling - Low Resolution 91 Min View Lesson
Modeling - High Resolution 82 Min View Lesson
Modeling - Finer Details 104 Min View Lesson
Lighting & Rendering 73 Min View Lesson
[Bonus] UV Mapping 20 Min View Lesson


Sometimes homework can actually be fun. Share what you've learned, create your own #RookieMonster, and win big.

Cassette Assignment 60 Min View Lesson

Start your journey

Start your journey with Maya Bootcamp!

Join our vibrant community and elevate your skills from beginner to professional with our Maya Bootcamp course. Experience engaging learning modules crafted to help you advance confidently in your creative journey.