DIS2904 - 3D modelling - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Mr Rhys Kaunda-McKenzie

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to 3D modelling within art & design studio practices. It builds sequentially upon the skills and knowledge of 3D design and imaging by providing a focus upon the practice and potential of 3D computer-generated modelling for product design. Students explore the creation, manipulation, composition and output of digital 3-dimensional elements with increasing confidence and proficiency across a range of options and controls available through polygon and NURBS-based software applications and the understanding of production issues associated with their output (ie. rendering, rapid-prototyping, multimedia etc.)


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. skillfully and insightfully create, edit, manipulate, compose and output digital 3-Dimensional elements (ie. photorealistic renderings, surface models)
  2. explore the range of options and controls available through polygon and NURBS-based software applications and production issues associated with output (ie. rendering, rapid-prototyping, multimedia, etc) with increasing confidence and proficiency
  3. produce 3D models with an increased design intention and creative application
  4. demonstrate increased technical understanding of demands required across the development, application, creation and production of 3D computer-generated models
  5. display an increasingly personalized expression and sophisticated creative 3D design approach which can be pursued at an advanced stage in subsequent 3D imaging studios
  6. observe and employ occupational health and safety principles and rules appropriate to studio practice.


Exercises (30%)

Project (60%)

Journal (10%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 4 contact hours (1 hr lecture plus 3 hours tutorial) and 8 independent study hours.

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