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Fundamentals of 3-D Art

Course Stack Details

  Key Topics

Courses cover the fundamentals of art, foundations in 3-D computer graphics, and model creation.


4 Courses

  Available Start Dates

May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1 (4 months, 100% online)

Cost to Enroll


Payment plans available

Credits earned after completing this course may transfer to relevant Full Sail University degree programs.

This fast and focused program will teach you how to create 3-D computer graphics in four months. It begins with the artistic principles that will help you become familiar with design terminology, composition, and traditional art skills. Then, you’ll learn how to use industry-standard software to create 2-D and 3-D graphics and virtual models for animation, film, and games.

Who This Is For

Students and artists interested in creating 3-D models for a variety of media, including educational videos, commercials, games, and film.

What You'll Learn

  • How to leverage traditional fine-arts principles of shape and silhouette, scale and proportion, and edge quality for creating 3-D models.
  • Basic animation skills for 3-D and 2-D computer graphics.
  • How to use professional software like Epic Unreal, Substance Painter, and Autodesk Maya.

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Course Stack Prerequisites

What You’ll Need

  • Basic computer skills

  • Knowledge of foundational 3-D art concepts

  • Some traditional art experience, such as sketching, sculpting, or painting

  • Knowledge of linear perspective, art and design terminology, and composition techniques

  • A drawing tablet with stylus, such as the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium

  • Headphones

  • A PC Laptop, with minimum specs of:

    • Windows 10 or 11 64bit
    • Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 
    • RTX 2080 or Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card
    • 16GB of RAM

What You’ll Receive

All students will receive temporary licenses for:

  • Microsoft 365
  • Zoom
  • Autodesk Maya (1 year student license available with student number provided by DC3)
  • Substance Painter

Included Courses

Fundamentals of Art I

Fundamentals of Art I

Explore the language of visual arts through peer critiques, workshops, and collaboration.

3-D Foundations

3-D Foundations

Build a foundation of basic animation skills for creating 2-D and 3-D computer graphics.

Fundamentals of Art II

Fundamentals of Art II

Get familiar with subject matter and techniques that are essential to artists in the 3-D arts industry.

Model Creation

Model Creation

Learn more about computer modeling with polygon surfaces, as you integrate traditional fine-arts principles with tech.

Our Instructors

All courses at Full Sail DC3 are taught by expert, engaged educators who have years of experience in their subject. They bring a deep knowledge of industry best practices and workflows and share it with you, to support your education and help move you along your learning path.

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About Full Sail DC3

Full Sail DC3 is a dynamic, short-form education platform that offers online courses and accredited certifications. With the values and benefits of Full Sail University, DC3 is backed by over 40 years of experience in entertainment media and emerging technology, as well as more than a decade of experience delivering compelling online education.

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