FNA2003 - 3D digital modelling for artists - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Mr Andre Bonnice

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the use of 3D digital modelling software to explore the development, visualisation and production of objects. It will provide students with knowledge of how to build and manipulate digital models, using the following CAD (Computer Aided Design) software; Rhino (Rhinoceros 3D), MeshMixer & 3D Coat. In addition to 'first principle' modelling, there will be an introduction to the creation of digital models using 3D scanning and photogrammetry technology. Students will also be exploring visualisation imaging using complimentary rendering software Vray, and will be producing physical outputs of their digital models utilising laser.


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

  1. Develop diverse methods for observing, analysing and collaborating in the production of work;
  2. Apply techniques to investigate expressive possibilities arising from intensive discourse and interactions with fellow art, design and architecture students
  3. Confidently interpret, represent and respond to diverse modes of practice, contexts, shared languages, skills and experience related to diverse visual-based disciplines;
  4. Engage collaboratively with other project contributors, effectively articulating ideas and concepts, resulting in creative resolution;
  5. Conceptualise, design and create site-specific work(s);
  6. Critically analyse the effect/impact of project ideas and proposals, including engagements with the community;
  7. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice, and be able to collaborate and cooperate safely and productively with peers.


Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester. The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include students works made independently of the unit and a journal which will document on-going progress and research in relation to the unit project.

Workload requirements

4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week

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