3D Animation

The Animation program at Guthrie pioneered the use of 3D software in Texas high schools and continues to set the standard for cinema-quality animation education. Students can take up to four years of 3D Animation and develop an extensive digital portfolio for college entrance, internships or immediate employment.

3D Animation students become proficient in sketching, storyboarding, character rigging and motion capture. Using industry- standard programs including 3ds Max, Sketchbook, and Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and more, our students can bring their creativity and imagination to life. As their expertise develops, Guthrie animation students can also utilize our Motion Capture Studio to help provide realistic and natural movement to their projects.

Any student with creativity, focus and attention to detail can be successful in 3D Animation. Drawing and sketching experience from Art classes is highly recommended, but not a required prerequisite.

One of our graduates attending UT Dallas recently contacted us with his thoughts. “While participating in a work-place pre- production simulation a few weeks ago, I felt extraordinarily prepared for all the phases of the project, from character sketches and storyboarding to using Adobe After Effects to compile a short animatic using scanned-in frames. It was really a strange experience to see most of my peers floundering in these tasks even though they have all taken ‘Animation’ courses before. Its so easy to only consider the 3D aspects of what your class teaches, but everything we covered, from my first semester to my last, has been helpful in my work so far. The Guthrie Center is lucky to have such a dynamite Animation program with such talented teachers.”


  • Imagination Driven
  • Creative Personified
  • Latest 3D Software
  • Unreal 5 Game Engine
  • 3D Max Certification
  • Motion Capture Studio


  • Autodesk Associate (Certified User) 3ds MAX


  •  3D Modeling (FALL) AND 3D Animation (SPRING) 
  •  3D Animation 2
  •  3D Animation Practicum


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