Maya for 3D (x, y and z) graphics and animation
CS 2880 Topics in Computing: 3D Graphics in Maya - 12 MWF Spring 2015
Note: CS 2880 11 MAYA is part of UNI Computer Science Department's
Certificate in Computer Applications program.
CS 1025 01: Computational
Modeling and Simulation satisfies your LAC Core Competency Category
1C: Quantitative Thinking and Understanding.
QUESTION: Why take Introduction to
Statistical Methods or Mathematics in Decision Making if you are an Art
or English or Interactive Digital Studies or Electronic Media or
Graphic Design major?
Major themes: Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Ghostbusters
and Problem Solving, Muscles, Birds, ...
CS 2880 11
3D Graphics in Maya
Maya has been used in the production of just about every major film
involving computer-generated effects since its release, including Star
Wars Episode I, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Stuart Little, etc.
Here is a link to the
top 100 grossing films of all time.
What percentage of these contain significant computer generated 3D
visual effects? How many movies from the TOP 20?
- Of course, you don't want to forget those commercials. Talking
lizards that sell car insurance. Super bowl commercials in 2008.
- Engineering and CAD (Computer Assisted Design) using Maya:
What percentage of things that you own began life as a virtual model?
Not to mention bridges, boats, tractors, combines, airplanes and
- Maya is used by Architects as well as Artists, Game Designers,
Animators, Scientists and Film Makers.
What were the majors and the
hometowns of the 28 UNI students who took Maya this semester (Fall of
Fall of 2008 - 28 students Spring of 2009 - 29 students
Communications/Electronic Media 14 Management Information Systems (MIS) 12
Art: Studio Emphasis 5 Computer Science 6
Computer Science 4 Communications/Electronic Media 5
Graphic Communications 2 Art: Studio Emphasis 4
Computer Information Systems 2 Accounting 4
Movement & Exercise Science 1 Graphic Communications 1
English 1 Psychology 1
Fall 2009 - 24 students Fall 2008 Spring 2009 Fall 2009 Maya totals
Art:Studio Emphasis 8 Electronic Media 25
Electronic Media 6 Art: Studio Emphasis 17
Computer Science 5 Computer Science 15
Sociology 1 MIS 13
Biology 1 Accounting 4
Marketing 1 Graphic Communications 3
Management 1 CIS 3
Psychology 1 Psychology 2
Movement/Exercise Science 1 Movement/Exercise Science 2
Sport Psychology 1 Sport Psychology 1
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- Spring semester of 2013 Maya class will be the 5th time the class
been offered at UNI.
- Why has it been 3 years since Maya was taught at UNI?
- After having a FREE PLE (Personal Learning Edition), Autodesk Maya
started charging everyone for Maya software in 2009.
Even though they provided a student edition, it was still too
for most students to purchase.
- Now Maya is FREE again to UNI
students! Autodesk is
educational version that you can use for FREE for up to 3 years.
- Why was it such a popular class? This page tries to provide some
clues. Read on.
There are no prerequisites for this CS 2880 Maya 3D Graphics class.
- Be sure to watch this
You Tube video to
see the Animation Mentor school student
showcase. All of their work is done using Maya software.
Every episode of VeggieTales after King George and the Ducky was
animated using Maya.
It is used in combination with CorelDRAW to animate the cartoon South
"Alias Software's Maya is well known as a cutting edge 3D application.
Early in March of 2003, Alias Software won an Oscar for Scientific and
Technical Achievement for the development of Maya. Among its many
credits, Maya was used to create visual effects in several Oscar winning
and nominated movies, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,
Spider-Man, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. According to
one of my sources, Maya is used for up to half of the available 3D work
opportunities." Nathan Segal.
- The Magnificent Seven stages of
the Maya Animation Pipeline will each be the focus at different times
during the class.
Note: The seven buttons link to
web pages that
will not be created until Thanksgiving or Christmas break and will be
developed as the spring 2009 class unfolds.
Modeling; Characters and Rigging; Animation; Materials and Textures;
Lights and Cameras; Special Effects; Rendering and Compositing - these
are the seven stages.
- The Maya Animation
pipeline has seven stages. You will gain
experience, develop skills and grasp the associated concepts associated
every one of these stages in the 11 a.m. MWF class as you
the Maya 3D graphics software.
- Look at the YouTube
from AnimationMentor school. The tool they use is Maya.
- Another fun animation of a
dancing alien. (You Tube)
- Anyone can download and install
Autodesk Maya for a free 30 trial.
Only students and educators can get a 36 month free use of Maya.
Almost every computer lab at UNI will provide Maya. Lang 213 also has
Maya 2013, along with Adobe
After Effects, which we will use to render some of your animation artistry.