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Advanced 3D Design Visualization and Animation with 3DS Max & V-Ray


The 3D Architectural/Design Visualization and Animation with 3DS Max & V-Ray program is geared towards Design/Architectural Visualization and Game Asset Development, including Animation principles that apply to both the visualization and motion graphics industry.  


The aim of this course is to provide students with a functional working knowledge of Autodesk 3ds Max & Mudbox, V-Ray, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Special focus is placed on V-Ray as it is the physical lighting and rendering engine adopted by most of the industry. Students will be equipped with the knowledge of current solid industry work-flows, focusing on both the technical and creative approaches, with the goal of confidently applying these tools in production. 


You will also work with Virtual Reality technology using your Goggles VR headset, and other VR Technologies such as Unity (Review the VR Lab block below)


Did you know that AIE is the only Unity3D Authorized Training Center in South Africa?

Features and Benefits

  • Learn industry critical software and technology platforms such as Unity, VRay, Autodesk  3DS Max, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects and more to the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering. 
  • Get access to the full software suites of Adobe (for 1 year), Unity3D (for 1 year),  Autodesk (for 1 years) with no limitations and restriction to any functionality, all included in the price. 
  • Learn how to sell your skills with our “Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy” module 
  • During the program, students will prepare and write the Autodesk 3DMax Professional certification.  
  • Students will work towards compiling a Portfolio of Evidence and student showreel to allow for early and continuous job application. 
  • Industry exposure through our industry contacts and online recruitment portal. 
  • Showcase of student work at our annual internal Job Fair for exposure to potential employers as well as the popular Rage Expo or Comicon. 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to Learn3D graduates. Visit for more.  


This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with Foundational Mathematics and English as your home/first language.
  • Computer literacy (hardware functions; operating systems; file management)

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 10 months  (3 days a week from 8:30 to 16:00) 
    • All learning hours are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project-based assignments. 

    Online & Part-Time  

    • Part-Time = 10 months (2 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00)  
    • Online = 10 Months (2 Hours/week 18:00 - 20:00) 
    • All learning hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.
    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 
  • Career Options

    • 3D Design Visualisation Specialist (All industries)
    • Design and Product Prototyper
    • 3D Presentation Design
    • 3D Architectural Presentation
    • Previz and backplate (Matte) for the film industry
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only).
    • Art equipment including, Clutch Pencil, Uni Pin Fine Liners, Cool Grey Spectra Marker, Warm Grey Spectra Marker, A3 Sketchpad, AIE Notepad.
    • Stationery kit that includes: AIE Pen, Ruler & Pencil Case
    • Electronic Study Guides
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, and Getting Started Guide.
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 
    • HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board.
    • Goggles VR Headset


What you get

By the end of this course, you will be able to create realistic visualizations from small interiors
to complex exterior scenes as well as create a purely artistic image or animation, making you
ready to enter the workplace at the end of your studies. You will master the art of low-poly
modelling with an emphasis on game environment and asset creation.


You will also get:

  • Internationally recognized Autodesk Certificates for all software modules.
  • Internationally recognized V-Ray Certificate
  • Autodesk Maya Certified Professional Certification (upon successful completion of the certification)
  • Portfolio of Evidence, Show-reel stills and Animation

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a 3D Animator. 

Modeling and Sculpting  

This module will introduce the student to the process of creating content in Autodesk 3DsMax. 

The following topics are covered in this module: 

  • Understanding the software interface 
  • Setting up a project
  • Basic modelling Techniques and Principles using 3DsMax 
  • Working with CAD data 
  • Advanced modelling and sculpting techniques 
  • Project and Asset management 


Cinematic Light and Colour Theory 

The student will be introduced to creating lighting in 3DsMax,  the theory of light and how to use it with cinematic principles.   

This module will cover the following: 

  • Basic properties of Light (Reflection, Refraction, Diffusion),  
  • Attenuation 
  • Colour balancing.  
  • Cinematic lighting setups,  colour as focal point and contrast, telling story with light.   
  • Cinematic colour theory: cool/warm colours, emotion of colour, colour as focal point, colour for depth.  
  • Creating lights in Unity for game environments. 



Textures, Maps and UVW Mapping 

Students will be exposed to the basic principles and workflows of texturing for games using Autodesk 3DsMax. 

This module will cover: 

  • Properties of Materials in Autodesk 3DsMax 
  • Creating textures with Adobe Photoshop 


Rigging and Animation  

Students will be exposed to the principles and workflows of creating rigging and animation for games using Autodesk 3DsMax as well as creating cinematic camera movement in a game engine. 

This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Rigging and Animation in Autodesk 3DsMax. 
  • Theory and Principles of animation and motion.  
  • Camera movement and setup. 


Dynamics and Simulation 

Students will be taught how to create dynamic simulations in Autodesk 3DsMax as well as employ particle system for special effects in their scenes 

  • This module will cover the following topics: 
  • Simulation of Physics and Particles using Autodesk 3DsMax. 



Virtual Reality 

With Virtual Reality becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the game industry we believe no gaming course would be complete without introducing the student to the specific requirements and nuances of designing for this interface. Our VR module is a standalone course that will not only introduce the basic concepts of VR but also expose the student to some of the fields beyond gaming where this is being applied and the specific needs of working in those industries. This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality: This topic will cover the basics of Virtual Reality, the concepts and ready to use VR environments. Learners will use their Goggles VR Headset and experience various VR environments both static and interactive.

  • Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality: A topic to introduce students to the concept of 3D using virtual reality. By using VR, learners will conceptualize the 3D environment much quicker. 
  • Modelling for Virtual Reality:  Guidelines and tips for ensuring correct modelling techniques are followed to ensure the best experience. 
  • Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Immersion: This topic will cover how to prepare your data for the virtual reality environment. It will explore the conversion of your data through various channel, using applicable software so that it is VR ready. 
  • Design Validation through Virtual Reality: Use VR for design validation. 
  • Presenting your data in Virtual Reality:  Using VR platforms, learn how to present and use your data in various VR scenarios, from basic stereo images to full immersive experiences. 



Composition, Presentation and Storyboards 

This module will introduce the student to the artistic and cinematic principles of composition and presentation as well the process of using storyboards to plan your scenes effectively. 

This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Rendering
  • Cinematic Composition and blocking principles. 
  • Composite Rendering and Post Production (Adobe PS and AE). 
  • Effective Storyboard and pacing principles  


Portfolio Project 

The world is changing and with the traditional degree not being a guarantee for employment anymore students need to show that they don’t just have the knowledge, but that they can be innovative and apply the knowledge it as well. Employers are increasingly looking for proof of application and competence, especially in the creative fields and the portfolio has become a standard requirement for any job application. 

Our course is based around the building of a complete portfolio that will allow the student to showcase skills and abilities at the end of the programme. 



Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy 

This module will introduce the student to the exciting, tumultuous and ever changing world of freelancing in the creative industry and the burgeoning gig economy.  

The module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to freelancing and exploring different freelancing services 
  • Exploring freelancing supporting sites and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • Explore crowdsourcing and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • The importance of a High-Quality Portfolio Website 
  • The Importance of a professional online personal and social profile and building of your PERSONAL BRAND 
  • International Job Hunting/Jobs Hunting, your market is bigger than you think 
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time

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