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Old 04-24-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Cody Miracle
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I'm a first year Computer Graphics major here in the United States and a few weeks ago I completed my first 3D Modeling class, which was taught in Rhino.

What I'm wondering is if the things we were taught in Rhino are in any way applicable to what I will need to know when I transition over to Maya, because from my brief experiences with Maya nothing I have learned in Rhino is going to be of much use..

I really fear for this program (CGT Major at IUPUI in's a Purdue Degree) as they teach Rhino in the first class, then expect you to learn animation in the next (which is taught in Maya) but the teacher has to spend all their time teaching Maya Modeling and Animation gets pushed aside.

I'm wholeheartedly considering moving over to the Media Arts program at my school where they have a game design and development cognate as well as a 3D Modeling/Animation Cognate, and they start in Maya the first year rather than try to teach some other software program that isn't very applicable to a lot of the outside world (especially when the focus is animation in the program)

So is my knowledge of Rhino ever going to be useful or was that 4 weeks of my life completely wasted?
Old 04-24-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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There is a thread "Rhino vs Maya" dated 7-22-09 that may be of interest.

I do not use Rhino. It does seem unusual to begin learning in Rhino in one course and then take animation in Maya in the next. If you learned how to use references for modeling, good topology, etc. then some learning may transfer.

There is a student version of Maya that you can download no charge from Autodesk. You may want to begin learning it (lots of free tutorials online). It is possible to begin learning Maya starting with simple animation, but knowing the menus, shortcuts, etc. before you begin means more time focusing on learning concepts instead of the software.
Old 04-24-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Yeah, I know. I've dabbled in Maya a little bit and I plan to be teaching myself quite a bit over this summer.
Old 04-24-2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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I think Mr. Positive is a lecturer there in that program. You should send him a pm.
Old 04-24-2011, 10:00 PM   #5
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Yeah, I noticed Mr. Positive was an IUPUI- MAS professor and I realized who it was immediately. I already sent him a PM a few hours ago. He is actually going to be one of my instructors either this coming fall or spring depending on my class schedule.
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