What's Included?

This is the self-study option of the mentorship program. It includes everything from the mentorship except the 1-on-1 reviews and Sunday open office hours. However, your technical questions can be answered in the course 'Discussion' button located on each lesson. So there's no worry about getting stuck on a technical problem, I'll be there to reply to your Discussion question usually within the hour but no later than 24 hours.

  • 7-weeks of animation training

  • All the same lessons and demonstrations as the mentored option

  • Lifetime Access

  • Questions answered via course discussion

  • Taught by a Senior Animator

  • Learn the industry standard software, Maya

  • No experience needed

  • Result: transform into a proficient 3D animator, ready to begin your first demo reel

What Makes This "PLUS"?

This isn't your normal self-study program.

  • Access to the same private student group as mentored students.

  • Email access to me. You're not in this alone.

  • Weekly email accountability reminders.

  • 1-year Maya student license

  • Half the cost of the mentored option.


Head Instructor

Lucas Ridley


I created DCS after receiving hundreds of positive reviews from thousands of students about my courses. I wanted a permanent place to share my knowledge directly with students.

I work in commercial, film, and video games as an animator on some of the biggest projects in the world. I've also directed commercials for companies like LEGO and Braun. That experience is what you will learn from at DCS.

I can remember what it's like to be in your shoes so thanks for sharing your journey with me. I hope I can make it a little easier and more focused.



Student Testimonial

"I improved a lot"

by Mike M.

I improved a lot and I feel like at least my first passes on things are faster and farther along now. Even stuff I learned before makes more sense now and I think I've been able to better apply it all to my animation. The instruction throughout has also been great [which is] hard to find in this level of quality.

"...the process became more joyful."

Anna P.

Prior to starting the program I didn't have any idea of what does animation look like from the inside... On the final challenge something clicked and I my focus shifted from battling maya to really thinking about the mechanics, ideas and I the process became more joyful. I think it would take me months and a lot of self-discipline and effort to overcome this if I hadn't taken this course. Having methodical and structured approach, pace and achievable milestones created opportunity for this substantial change.

14 - Day Money Back Guarantee

Try the first two weeks risk-free

Try the course for the first 2 weeks and if you don't think it's a great fit just send me an email and you'll receive a full refund minus a $100 registration fee.