Short University Courses

3D for Visual Effects

Escape Studios, In North Greenwich (+1 locations)
12 weeks
9,350 - 11,950 GBP
Next course start
23 September, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
12 weeks
9,350 - 11,950 GBP
Next course start
23 September, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Leave your details so the provider can get in touch

Course description

3D Visual Effects

3D Visual Effects

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 the latest industry 3D software, including Maya, Photoshop and 3D Equalizer, along with key techniques such as modelling, texturing, lighting and shading. 

Our talented 3D tutors have worked within the industry, on credits including Fantastic Beasts, Gladiator, Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2., so you get to learn from the inside out! Plus, we work with industry professionals who’ll give feedback on your work, a great way to start networking and bringing your work to professional level.

Do you work at this organisation and want to update this page?

Is there out-of-date information about your organisation or courses published here? Fill out this form to get in touch with us.

Upcoming start dates

Choose between 2 start dates

23 September, 2024

  • Classroom
  • North Greenwich

23 September, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online

Suitability - Who should attend?

To study this short course, you must:

  • Be over 18

  • Have a good understanding of written and spoken English

  • Feel comfortable using a computer.

Training Course Content

Module 1 - 3D Foundation

  • Introduction to Maya

    • The user interface

    • Introduction to modelling

    • Introduction to textures

    • Introduction to lighting, shading and rendering

  • Modelling

    • NURBS curves and surfaces

    • NURBS surfaces to polygons

    • Polygonal modelling

    • Topological rules

  • Modelling continued

    • Polygonal modelling continued

    • Organic modelling

    • Non-linear modelling

    • UV mapping techniques (organic and hard surface)

  • 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

  • Basic texturing

    • Hypershade

    • Texturing masterclass

    • Image manipulation with Photoshop

    • Texture distressing with Photoshop

    • Non-destructive texturing workflows

    • Camera projection mapping

  • Shading and rendering

    • Displacement mapping

    • Maya nodes

    • Ray tracing (reflections, refractions and shadows)

    • Shaders

    • Material properties and case studies (MIA shaders)

Module 2 - Visual Effects

  • Tracking and integration

    • Introduction to cameras

    • Camera tracking with 3DEqualizer

    • Manual tracking techniques

    • Advanced matchmoving techniques

    • Lens distortion

    • Camera lineup

  • Digital sculpting and 3D painting

    • Texturing

    • Sculpting and detailing

    • Import and export workflow

  • Advanced shading and lighting

    • Ai standard surface material

    • Advanced Arnold nodes

    • Advanced lighting theory

    • Lighting effects

  • Render layers and compositing

    • Render layers and passes

    • Introduction to compositing

    • Compositing with Nuke (CG layers)

    • Rotoscoping and keying with Nuke

  • Animation and rigging

    • Keyframe animation

    • Path animation

    • Constraints and rigging

  • Project week

    • Presentation

Why choose Escape Studios

Top 6% of Institutions for Graduate Employability -- by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

First Unreal Authorised Training Center in the UK


  • Tuition fees (on-campus): £11,950
  • Tuition fees (live online): £9,350

Continuing Studies

Our students go on to work in many areas of the industry.

Some of the junior opportunities you will be able to consider on completion of the course include:

  • Runner
  • Junior 3D Artist

Get Inspired! Watch the Video

Request info

Contact course provider

Fill out your details to find out more about 3D for Visual Effects.

  Contact the provider

  Get more information

  Register your interest

Country *

reCAPTCHA logo This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.