Vendor Provided

CSATTF – Vendor Provided Classes

The Vendor Provided classes provide partial cost reimbursement to qualified Animation Guild members who take approved classes at approved training vendors.  These classes are held by the vendors and at the vendor’s facilities.  Each year, The Animation Guild sends applications to the Contract Services Administration Training Trust Fund (CSATTF) to renew all existing vendors as well as add any new vendors and classes that we discover.  If you would like to add a school that isn’t already included, email Mike Sauer and share the school’s information.

For the 2018-2019 grant year (classes that begin between February 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019), CSATTF has approved classes at the following eleven schools for animation and CG training:

In order to participate in the grant program, you must have worked at least thirty days under the Guild’s jurisdiction in the two years previous to the date the class begins.  You must apply for and be accepted for the grant before the class begins, and no more than ninety days in advance.  (In other words, if you are approved and subsequently postpone taking the class, you will have to re-apply.)

How To Qualify

CSATTF requires all 839 members to provide proof of 30 days of employment under a Guild contract within the past two years of the date of the start of the class in order to qualify for tuition reimbursement.  This proof can take the form of paycheck stubs that confirm the correct contributions and/or a letter from your current or past employers to CSATTF to prove your thirty days of employment.  If you have any concerns about providing this information, contact Mike Sauer for some assistance.

Once you have completed an approved class, you will need to obtain from the vendor a Certificate of Completion.  Then, send that certificate with a reimbursement request to CSATTF to receive the two-thirds reimbursement for the class cost.


The Animation Academy

THE ANIMATION ACADEMY is a unique educational program based upon a professional workshop structure that focuses in developing artistic talent as it applies to animation in areas such as Character Design, Visual Development / Production Design, Intellectual Property Development and other areas integral to the modern animation community.  The Academy emphasizes the importance of strong fundamental skills and in building a solid artistic foundation essential to a successful creative career in animation and related fields.

Contact them at (818) 848-6590 or by sending them a message through the contact page on their website

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Animation Mentor

ANIMATION MENTOR’s online character animation classes have been designed by industry professionals.  Their program is a “real world” curriculum that is deep-rooted in what industry recruiters and studios are looking for in animation talent.  This is an online program, providing the freedom to attend class and perform homework assignments at your convenience.  The curriculum consists of six sequential classes, each offering 118 hours of instruction.

School contacts: (877) 326-4628 [curriculum and registration]; Cathleen Hylton, (510) 450-7258 [Mentor Manager]

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ANIMSQUAD offers online animation & modeling workshops, each fine-tuned and balanced to the student’s educational needs. You can choose any workshop — placement depends on your reel submission.  Their workshops emulate the kind of interaction professional animators get when they show their work to directors and supervisors.  Twelve weeks of tough animation love!  Workshops are one-on-one and the majority of their tutors are Disney (supervising) animators who worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, etc.

Contact them at (774) 277-8234

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Computer Graphics Master Academy (CGMA)

COMPUTER GRAPHICS MASTER ACADEMY was created by industry professionals to help artists across the world develop and cultivate their talents with the best possible training.  CGMA is a leading provider of online digital art education.  Through CG Master Classes and Master Workshops, CGMA provides comprehensive instruction for Concept Art, Illustration, and Entertainment Design.

Contact them at (800) 959-0316 (between 10AM – 3PM PST) or by email at

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Concept Design Academy

CONCEPT DESIGN ACADEMY is a private design school located at 55 Waverly Drive in Pasadena.  They are committed in establishing a community where artists with passions for both traditional & entertainment arts can meet to develop their skills together.  Their goal is to strive in providing the best art and design instruction available.

Contact them at (818) 669-4657 or by email at

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iANIMATE.NET is a complete set of online workshops designed to target all your animation needs.  All the assignments are specifically designed to target the troublesome areas that even we as professional animators go through on a daily basis. iAnimate allows you to begin your animation studies at the right level for your current skills.

Contact Jason Ryan for further details.

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LOS ANGELES ACADEMY OF FIGURATIVE ART (LAAFA) has a variety of art classes in drawing, painting, sculpting, digital and online options for beginning to professional artists.  Classes are conveniently offered 7-days a week to fit your busy schedule.  Classes are taught by skilled professional gallery and entertainment artists. LAAFA was named one of the Top 10 Best Art Schools by American Artist magazine.

Contact them at (818) 708-9232 or email Holly Miller, Director of Admissions, for further details.

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Mold3D Academy

MOLD3D ACADEMY‘s  goal is to produce high quality educational programs to give artists and designers the tools they need to succeed in their careers. We focus on emerging technologies like 3D Printing/prototyping, VR/AR and 3D Modeling.
Contact them via email at

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Rigging Dojo

RIGGING DOJO provides 101-level and personal, customized training for schools, studios, and artists looking to learn new skills or update existing ones.  Their apprenticeship programs has a true mentor-mentee based approach much like actual production.  Our mentors work with you to achieve your learning goals, providing a level of personalized online training unique to Rigging Dojo.

Custom training from Rigging Dojo helps students improve techniques regardless of skill level for skinning and deformations, scripting (MEL and or python), mechanical rigging , skeleton design, tool creation, animation UI and pipeline improvement,setup and motion capture editing and more.

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Silver Drawing Academy

SILVER DRAWING ACADEMY is driven by the goal of helping you improve your drawing ability through live instruction located in Simi Valley, California. Additionally, it will teach the business of art, what it takes to become an independent artist in this exciting emerging market, how to take control of your career to create your own path, how to develop the skills and mindset to communicate with clients, and what it takes to work in a studio environment. Basically, everything you need to IGNITE YOUR PASSION!

Visit their website for further details.

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SKILLWIRE offers skills training to motion picture industry union members for tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp and more.

Visit their website for further details.

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Vancouver Animation School (Online)

VANCOUVER ANIMATION SCHOOL is devoted to educating aspiring artists in the diverse disciplines that form the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.  We believe in empowering the artists to empower their art.  Our programs are designed to help you unleash your creative potential in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.  You will learn from accomplished industry professionals and gain the foundation to build your creative career.  At Vanas we want you to have the satisfaction of working alongside the best artists producing the next generation of blockbusters around the world.

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For details on classes, contact the schools directly (above); for information on the grants, contact Deborah Garcia at CSATTF or Mike Sauer at the Animation Guild.