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Learn Blender with online courses and programs

Want to create your own 3D animation? Learn how to use Blender with online courses delivered by edX.

What is Blender?

Blender is a free and open-source 3D creation suite. It can create everything from visual effects for movies and games to printed models and simulations. Blender can support the entire 3D pipeline, from modeling to animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking. It also has a built-in video editor and can support Python scripting, so you can customize the application and write specialized tools. Blender can be a powerful tool for 3D animation and is consistently updated with new features and bug fixes.Footnote 1

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Blender course curriculum

A beginner course on Blender may introduce the software and its capabilities. It may cover the basics of 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing. If you are interested in learning more about how Blender can be used for specific projects, you could also pursue specialized intermediate courses that review how to use the suite for game development, architectural visualization, or character rigging.

Learning about how to use this tool can supplement your knowledge of web development and computer science. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education programs are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore Blender jobs

Having skills with Blender can be beneficial for professionals who create educational content, 3D printing models, or 2D animations for social media. Some careers that can use Blender include: 

  • 3D artist: Develops 3D models, animations, and other visual effects. 

  • Animator: Creates 2D and 3D animations. 

  • Modeler: Produces 3D models of objects, characters, and environments. 

  • Rigger: Develops armatures and controls for 3D models. 

  • VFX artist: Creates visual effects for films, television shows, and video games. 

  • Compositing artist: Combines different elements to create a final image. 

Professionals with Blender expertise may work in film, television, video games, advertising, forensics, architectural visualization, and more. Grow the skills you need to make the most of Blender with courses delivered through edX. 

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