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Do you want to kick-start your career in VFX? This course is the perfect foundation for those with no previous experience but who are passionate about VFX.

It's highly interactive and intensive and will equip you with the skills required to succeed. You'll learn how to use software such as Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox and 3D Equalizer, along with key techniques such as modelling, texturing, lighting and shading.

What's more you'll get the chance to work on hands-on projects and problem-solving challenges, you’ll learn the latest 3D software and techniques required by industry.

Our talented 3D tutors have worked within the industry so you get to learn from the inside out! Plus, we work with industry professionals on all of our daytime courses (full-time) so you'll hear directly from someone who's working in the industry and get feedback on your work from a pro.

Do you want to kick-start your career in VFX? This course is the perfect foundation for those with no previous experience but who are passionate about VFX. It's highly interactive and intensive and will equip you with the skills required to succeed. You'll learn how to use software such as Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox and 3D Equalizer, along with key techniques such as modelling,...

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Course Content

Module 1 - 3D Foundation 

Week 1: Introduction to Maya

  • The user interface
  • Introduction to modelling
  • Introduction to textures
  • Introduction to lighting, shading and rendering

Week 2: Modelling

  • Nurbs Curves
  • Nurbs surfaces to polygons
  • Polygonal modelling
  • Topological rules

Week 3: Modelling continued

  • Polygonal modelling continued
  • Organic modelling
  • Non-linear modelling
  • UV mapping techniques (organic and hard surface)

Week 4: Colour and lighting

  • Lighting - traditional cinematographic and photographic techniques
  • Colour theory, three point lighting
  • Natural lighting
  • Indirect lighting techniques
  • Image based lighting
  • Matching lighting
  • Advanced lighting

Week 5: Basic texturing 

  • Hypershade
  • Texturing masterclass
  • Image manipulation with Photoshop
  • Texture distressing with Photoshop
  • Non-destructive texturing workflows
  • Camera projection mapping

Week 6: Shading and rendering 

  • Displacement mapping
  • Maya nodes
  • Raytracing (reflections, refractions and shadows)

Module 2 - Visual Effects 

Week 7: Tracking and integration

  • Introduction to cameras
  • Camera tracking with 3D equalizer
  • Manual tracking techniques
  • Advanced matchmoving techniques
  • Lens distortion
  • Camera lineup

Week 8: Digital sculpting and 3D painting 

  • Texturing
  • Sculpting/detailing
  • Import/export workflow

Week 9: Advanced shading and lighting

  • Advanced lighting theory
  • Lighting effects

Week 10: Render layers and compositing

  • Render layers and passes
  • Introduction to Linux
  • Introduction to compositing
  • Compositing with Nuke (CG layers)
  • Rotoscoping and keying with Nuke

Week 11: Animation and rigging

  • Keyframe animation
  • Path animation
  • Constraints and rigging

Week 12: Project week

  • End of course presentation

The course also includes:

  • A free online primer course before you start studying, so your foundation skills are up to speed.
  • Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – where you’ll find additional resources to supplement your training throughout the course, and for 12 months afterwards free of charge.
  • Escapee Alumni after-care and career support including help and advice with your CV, showreel and job applications.
  • Free Autodesk Software when you register with the Autodesk Education Community (full details will be available in your welcome pack if you choose to study on this course).
  • Access to software including Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox, 3D Equalizer and Nuke.

Module 1 - 3D Foundation  Week 1: Introduction to Maya The user interface Introduction to modelling Introduction to textures Introduction to lighting, shading and rendering Week 2: Modelling Nurbs Curves Nurbs surfaces to...

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Entry Requirements

Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English