N-3DA22 - 3D Modeling & Animation

N-3DA22: 3D Design & Animation


Have you ever wondered how Pixar created some of their famous animated feature films? Or perhaps you’ve marvelled at the special effects in your favourite films! How about walking through a game environment and admiring the content created by these talented artists? If you have a keen interest in these things, the 3D Modelling and Animation course is for you!
This 3D Arts & Animation course starts with the basics of 3D Studio Max -  the preferred modelling package of today’s professionals. We discuss good modeling principles and teach the different modeling techniques currently used by industry specialists.

You will learn the intricacies of the 3DS Max interfaces, how to create primitive shapes and modify them using fundamental techniques like extrude, chamfer and bevel. We deal with additional aspects like the Material Editor, exporting and importing meshes, UV unwrapping and animation. The course concludes with the powerful Mental Ray renderer, which allows realistic environment rendering.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a very good grasp of the techniques used to create any object, how to texture objects and how to render realistic looking environments for a variety of content.


No prior knowledge or skills in 3D Modeling are required to study this course.


3D dimensional orientation
English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
Computer Literacy
Basic Mathematical aptitude.


A Passion for 3D modeling aspects.
Diligence, punctuality and dedication
An Inquisitive attitude


On average, students who enrol for the 3DA22 course will have 10 hours of class a week scheduled between 9:00 and 17:00, Mondays to Thursdays.

Additional studio and practical time can be scheduled for production work. Since your lectures are hands-on and practical, theoretical concepts are demonstrated and practiced, it is compulsory to attend all lectures.

Students may book the college facilities and studios during the week other than scheduled class.



The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All other course notes and material are included.


The course is presented using the latest version of 3D Studio Max and Mental Ray Software Platform.

Free educational software is available for download.


Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided on campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the Institutions's fully equipped studios and practice rooms to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want more experience in 3D Modeling & Animation, become proficient in the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registered students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

Part-time students can study towards the qualification by enrolling into modules that are presented as stand-alone short courses.

Animation Principals

Subject Name: AMP101

The animation principals are covered in depth via theoretical exploration and practical exercises using 2D Animation Software.

These weekly exercises will familiarise the student with the basic techniques used in animation production as well industry workflows.

Squash and Stretch
Straight Ahead & Pose to Pose
Follow Through and Overlapping
Walk Cycles
Non Linear Animation
Secondary Action
Timing and Spacing
Solid Drawing
Introduction to facial animation
Animating dialogue

3D Production Techniques

Subject Name: 3PT101

An introduction to Computer generated content production techniques.

All aspects of the 3D production pipeline will be covered and assessed using various projects and exercises.

UI and Interface
Polygon modelling, Hard Edge
UV Mapping
Key frame animation
Linear Lighting
Physically Accurate Lighting
Rendering Workflows - Mental Ray
Character modelling
Rigging and articulation

3D Animation Production

Subject Name: 3AP101
Animation principles, in terms of contemporary 3D production techniques, are used by visual effects facilities, feature animation studios and game production studios. These focus mainly on motion graphics and character animation.
Animation Principals in 3D Production
Procedural animation
Key frame techniques in Production
Motion Graphics
Walk cycles
Facial animation
Animating Dialogue

Applied Digital Arts

Subject Name: 3DD101
The Applied Digital Arts module is designed to equip learners with the skill-set to create and manipulate graphical elements within a digital workspace. The student will become fully proficient in the graphical manipulation and creation software. 
The initial skillset focuses on the manipulation of images, these familiarize the learner with the digital environment and general workflow.
These skills are expanded to create a strong foundation in digital drawing and painting, with a focus on the fundamentals of art creation -  both in theory and the practical application thereof.
Vector Graphics
Art & Design Principals
Colour theory
Bitmap graphics
Introduction to Logo design
Vector Illustration
Image manipulation
Colour theory

Production Scripting Techniques

Subject Name: PST101
This module aims to create an understanding of the use of form and volume on a figure, focussing on design, shape and volume based on anatomical landmarks.
This will assist the developer in the understanding of animation principles and how they relate to pose, composition and emotive intent.
A solid understanding of shape, form and contour will translate into a deeper understanding of shapes and aid in modelling and digital sculpture. The student will have a deeper understanding and heightened sense of visual literacy and observation skills.
Perspective; 1, 2 and 3 point.
Layout and composition schemes
Rendering and shading techniques.
Planes of shade

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