By Dr. Abhishek Kumar & Dr. Achintya Singhal*   |   *Banaras Hindu University II BHU
Learners enrolled: 20838

This course, for students majoring in Animation, Design Engineering & Game Technology. Here you learn about the design histories and theories to develop creative, technical and analytical skills in animation film production through the exploration of animation production pipeline (CG modelling, texturing, lighting, rigging, Animation and rendering) techniques relevant to a career in design engineering, Visual Effects and animation. In this course we explore animation across a variety of platforms including film, television, advertising, web, motion capture and game design. This course will provide the opportunity for students to develop their transferable employability and professional skills through project-based assessment for Media & Entertainment industry.

The experts that would acquaint you with the intricacies of animation shall be:

  • Dr. Abhishek Kumar, Adobe Educator, Apple Certified, USA
  • Dr. Achintya Singhal, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Banaras Hindu University

  • Dr. Alok Kumar Singh Kushwaha, Head of  Department, Computer Science Engineering, GGU Central University
  • Dr. Jitendra Sheetlani, Professor (Dean), School of Computer Application, Sri Satya Sai University
  • Dr. VD Ambeth Kumar, Professor, CSE, PEC - Affiliating body Anna University
  • Dr. Sunita Tanwar, Central University of Haryana

Industry Experts:

  • Bhuvnesh Kumar, Creature Animator, Yash Raj Films, (Former TD Animation Dreamworks, Technicolor, MPC & Anibrain)
  • Alka K Ryan, TD Lighting, Course Content Developer Animation & VFX (Former Mentor Arena Animation & MAAC)
  • Prasoon Singh, Technical Director Animation, Prime Focus World (Former TD Animation DQ)

Teaching Assistants: 
Er. Ankit Kumar, (MTech - IIITA, PhD- BIT*)
G S Dhanunjay, (MAJMC-EFLU, PhD- CUTN*)
Bhavana Srinivasan, (MSc Electronic Media- Pondicherry Central University, PhD- VIT*)
Rini Dey ((MA- University of Calcutta, PhD - JAIN*)
Arghya Kamal Roy, (MSc Animation- JAIN, PhD - JAIN*)

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1 
Fundamental of Animation

Week 2 
Poly Engineering - Basics of Modeling

Week 3 
Poly Engineering - Modeling Architectural Design

Week 4 
Poly-painting - Texturing Fundamental

Week 5
UVW Unwrapping & 3D Paint Tools

Week 6
Aesthetics development : Lighting Fundamental

Week 7
Indirect & Direct Lighting techniques

Week 8
Character Setup- Rigging

Week 9
Character Skinning & Blend shapes

Week 10
Animation Fundamentals

Week 11
Principal of Animation

Week 12
Animation Walk Cycle Project

Week 13
FX & Dynamics Simulations

Week 14
Scene integration : Compositing

Week 15
Case Study : Tips & Tricks

Books and references

1. “Understanding 3D Animation Using Maya” by John Edgar Park
2. “Animated Storytelling: Simple Steps For Creating Animation and Motion Graphics” by Liz Blazer
3. “Gpu Gems 2: Programming Techniques for High – Performance Graphics and General – Purpose Computation” by Matt Pharr and Randima Fernando (Series Editor)
4. “Creating 3-D Animation: The Aardman Book of Filmmaking” by Peter Lord and Brian Sibley
5. “3D Animation Essentials (Essentials (John Wiley))” by Andy Beane
6. “Exploring 3D Animation with Maya 6 (Design Exploration)” by Peter Young and Patricia Beckmann
7. “Blender 3D by Example” by Romain Caudron and Pierre-Armand Nicq
8. “Blender 3D Incredible Machines” by Christopher Kuhn
9. “Blender 3D Basics” by Gordon Fisher
10. “IClone 4.31 3D Animation Beginner’s Guide” by M D McCallum
11. Animator’s Survival Kit – Richard William
12. The Illusion of Life – Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
13. Animation: From Script to Screen – Shamus Culhane
14. Cartoon Animation – Preston Blair
15. Character Animation Crash Course – Eric Goldberg
16. Timing For Animation – Harold Whitaker and John Halas
17. How To Make Animated Films – Tony White
18. The Art of Animal Drawing – Ken Hultgren
19. Humans and Animals in Motion – Eadweard Muybridge
20. Acting For Animators – Ed Hooks
21. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing From Concept to Screen – Steve Katz

Instructor bio

Dr. Abhishek Kumar & Dr. Achintya Singhal*

*Banaras Hindu University II BHU

Dr. Abhishek Kumar awarded Ph.D., Doctorate in Computer Application (Research Area: Stereoscopy, 3D Animation, Design, Computer Graphics & HCI); April 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Achintya Singhal, Associate professor, Department of computer Science, Banaras Hindu University & Dual Master Degree in Animation & Visual Effects and in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Multimedia.

Dr. Abhishek Kumar is Apple Certified Associate, Adobe Education Trainer & certified by Autodesk Also.  He has trained over 90,000+ students across the globe from 153 Countries, top 5 countries are India, Germany, United States, Spain & Australia. His alumni have worked for several national & international movies like Ra-One, Krissh, Dhoom, Life of Pi, Avengers Series, Iron Man series, Gijoe 3D, 300, Alvin & chipmunks, Prince of Persia, Titanic 3D, Transformers series, Bahubali 1 & 2, London has fallen, Warcraft, Aquaman 3D, Alita & a lots.

His 10+ Years of experience in academic and industrial environment has prepared him to be an effective Team Leader & mentor of 3D Animation, Computer Graphics, Visual Effects & Design engineering Industry. His technical proficiency & research papers covered a wide range of topics in Digital Science & Art areas (Graphics, HCI, Design, 3D Animation, VFX). Through his experience as a H.O.D. at MAAC (Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics) Training Centers (India) & Assistant Professor at Banaras Hindu University, He has developed confidence and an interest in teaching and team building. He is actively involved in development of the courseware of Animation & design course and committee member and advisor of various Institutions & Universities.  


Within a short span of time he has published 35+ research papers in reputed Scopus, 8 SCI indexed Published and 4 in Final review/Accepted “journal”, 2 Authored books published with Springer Nature in the Area of Virtual Reality & Game technology and one more Single Authored Book Design Immersive Technology in Press with SPRINGER Nature, tentative publication, January 2021 & Editor of the CRC press, Taylor and Francis and Wiley imprint Book.  Dr. Abhishek holding Eight National Patent and filled two international Patent also in the field of CGI, IOT, E-learning & Design.

His research collaborators from the worlds’ top-notch universities of USA, UK, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan & UAE.

Dr. Abhishek has delivered the session for more than 50+ workshop & seminar as a subject matter expert / Resource person in universities, Institutes, colleges of Delhi University, GGU Central University, Savitribai Phule University, Anna University, Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Allahabad University, Banaras Hindu University, TMU, GIET University, NIT’s, Oxford and Africa University and several schools also to make awareness about the future of E-learning, MOOCs, Virtual Reality, Animation & VFX industry as a career opportunity & Immersive technology for Educators.  


He has completed their professional studies related to Animation, computer graphics, Virtual reality, Stereoscopy, Filmmaking, Visual Effects & photography form Norwich University of Arts, University of Edinburg, Wizcraft MIME & FXPHD, Australia.  


Dr. Abhishek was actively worked for 90+ E-content development of EPg Pathshala (an initiative of the MHRD under its NME-ICT being executed by the UGC). He is actively working as a Principal investigator & Course Coordinator and of “ANIMATIONs”, Ranked#1, highest enrollment in UGC PG course 2019 with 23,494 students, Ranked#1, Jan 2020 with 19,346 and in current semester also leading with 34,000+ Enrolled & counting… course running on SWAYAM.   This Animations course has been recognized as world’s top 30 MOOC’s published on 27 APR 2020 6:48PM by PIB Delhi, MHRD.
Tentatively  March 2021, 
His newly developed course “Graphic Design” will be broadcast / On Air on SWAYAMPRABHA television channel worldwide.

Dr. Abhishek is an active member American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Society for Animation Studies, Singapore.  

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn. 

Internal Assessment :  30%  &  Proctored Examination: 70%

Total Marks: 100 ; Passing Marks: 40

• Certificate/Examination Registration url:  Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations. Should you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us through SWAYAM-NTA in person at any of the designated exam centers pan INDIA (The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- only)

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