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Third Year 3D Bootcamp

Advanced level.

Prerequisite: Bootcamp (second year).

This workshop is split into 2 x 3 hour sessions and is for intermediate to advanced level 3D students. 3d Bootcamp (third year) will have a strong focus on building your portfolio. This will be achieved by working on industry specific briefs and also developing your own projects, from start to finish.

You will continue working on production ready character models for feature film and VFX. This workshop will continue to push techniques to speed up the modelling workflow and improve the quality and photorealism of students work. During this workshop students will work towards creating their own hero character design to use in their portfolio, and develop techniques they can apply to a range of modelling tasks.

Each week will cover a section of your character, whether this is anatomy, props, costume, lighting or texturing. Students will take their sculpts to a level where it can be presented as a character design turnaround.

Each week you will watch a demo of the instruc­tor drawing and paint­ing live, you are wel­come to draw/paint along with the instruc­tor and ask ques­tions. After each class you will receive your home­work assign­ment for the week, and at the begin­ning of each class you will receive feed­back on your work.

Topics that will be covered throughout the 12 week workshop:

  • Sculpting your Character
  • Blocking in the basic forms to achieve balance and proportion
  • Anatomy
  • Refining your sculpt
  • Re-mesh/Topology
  • Unwrapping UVs using Maya and UV Layout and creating multi tile UV layouts
  • Texturing (4 weeks)
  • Materials/Shaders/Lighting
  • Rigging
  • Creating beauty renders and wireframe renders in Arnold

The hardware requirements for the workshop are:

  • Laptop (MacBook Pro or i7 PC laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended).
  • Wacom tablet. Any size is good.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Photoshop
  • Zbrush
  • Maya
  • Substance Painter
Additional Semesters TBA

Essential Information

Semester Dates

Course Dates TBA

Class Delivery

In Person

Class Times



CDW Studios


Alex Owen



Instructor Bio: Alex Owen

Alex is a 3D character modeller and has worked on several animated shows such as the Adventures of Figaro Pho and Bottersnikes and Gumbles. He is also a regular contributor the to the Valve game Dota 2.