Cinema 4D Basecamp

Course Format, Schedule and Prerequisites

Topic: Learn the Foundations of 3D in Cinema 4D

Type: 12 Week Intensive

About This Course 

Learn Cinema 4D, from the ground up, in a few action-packed weeks. This course will get you comfortable with basics of modeling, lighting, animation and many other important topics. You'll learn foundational principles along with best-practices that you need to start diving deeper into the world of 3D.


You do not need to have any prior experience with 3D software before taking this course. We recommend that you have some basic knowledge of design and animation before taking this course. It is also recommended that you have a foundational knowledge of After Effects to complete some of the later lessons, and understand some of topics discussed in this course. Taking After Effects Kickstart is recommended if you do not have After Effects experience.

Schedule and Course Length 

12 Weeks of Cinema 4D Basecamp
Week 1: Orientation Week
Weeks 2 - 3: Lessons and Assignments
Week 4: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Week 5 - 6: Lessons and Assignments
Week 7: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
Week 8 - 9: Lessons and Assignments
Weeks 10 - 12: Extended Critique

Instructor - EJ Hassenfratz 

EJ Hassenfratz is a multi-Emmy award winning Motion Design artist & tutorial artist based out of the Mile High city of Denver, CO. EJ comes from a family of designers. Both his father and uncle were Art Directors for broadcast news stations, where EJ cut his teeth in the industry. Inspired by his wife who teaches special-needs children, he started, a motion graphics tutorial blog to give back to the community that helped him be successful in the field of Motion Design. He’s been fortunate to work with clients like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, Nike, ESPN, and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. When he's not making Bob Ross references in his tutorials, he's hiking with his wife and design assistant pug, Gus, throughout the colorful state of Colorado. He's also a fan of craft beer...drinking more different kinds of beer in a year than the average person drinks in a lifetime.

Course Format

Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work in our proprietary critique portal. Our TA's are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills. During the course you will be invited to a private Facebook group that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests! 


  • 15-20 hours per week 
  • 14 Assignments (typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day) 

Required Software 

  • Cinema 4D R20 (Limited complimentary Maxon educational licenses are available for the duration of the session.) 
  • After Effects CC (16.0 or Higher)
  • Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0 or Higher) 

System Requirements


 $997 or 3 payments of $349 ($1047 total)

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