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This course is perfect for anyone with a passion for VFX, whether you’re a hobbyist or looking for your first big break into the VFX industry. You’ll learn real-world VFX production skills and will gain a comprehensive foundation in 3D modelling, texturing and lighting inside Autodesk Maya.

This course is part-time study allowing you to fit around your day job or other commitments.Through step-by-step tuition and genuine production examples, we’ll introduce you to Autodesk Maya, including its capabilities, workflows, interface and the key 3D techniques you’ll need to become a 3D professional.

After completing 3D Foundation, you’ll be eligible to advance your 3D skills and enrol on our 3D for Visual Effects Intermediate part-time evening course.

This course is perfect for anyone with a passion for VFX, whether you’re a hobbyist or looking for your first big break into the VFX industry. You’ll learn real-world VFX production skills and will gain a comprehensive foundation in 3D modelling, texturing and lighting inside Autodesk Maya. This course is part-time study allowing you to fit around your day job or other...

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Course Content

Weeks 1-5:

  • Introduction to Maya
  • The user interface
  • Introduction to modelling
  • Introduction to textures 
  • Introduction to lighting, shading and rendering
  • NURBS curves and surfaces
  • Polygonal modelling
  • Topological rules 

Weeks 5-10:

  • UV mapping techniques (organic and hard surface)
  • Introduction to basic texturings
  • Hypershade
  • Image manipulation with Photoshop
  • Texture distressing with Photoshop
  • Non-destructive texturing workflows
  • Camera projection mapping
  • Texturing and Surface Techniques Displacement mapping
  • Maya nodes
  • Raytracing (reflections, refractions and shadows)
  • Shaders

Weeks 10-15:

  • Advanced shader creation with intro to substance designer/painter
  • Advanced displacement creation with intro to zBrush
  • Material properties and case studies

Weeks 15-20:

  • Colour and lighting – traditional cinematographic and photographic techniques
  • Colour theory, three point lighting
  • Natural lighting
  • Indirect lighting techniques
  • Image based lighting
  • Matching lighting
  • Advanced lighting
  • Advanced materials
  • Rendering with Arnold

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 and Photoshop.

Weeks 1-5: Introduction to Maya The user interface Introduction to modelling Introduction to textures  Introduction to lighting, shading and rendering NURBS curves and surfaces Polygonal modelling Topological rules  Weeks...

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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

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