DIS4201 - 3D modelling and virtual space - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Jeffrey Janet


Mr Nigel Waddington

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MDC4550 or permission of the course coordinator




This unit introduces students to the methods and processes involved in creating 3D elements, objects and spaces using a computer and specialist software. The key areas of modelling and rendering will be examined, and various methods of output demonstrated. Different applications of CGI (computer generated imagery), such as motion graphics, character animation, virtual environments and 3D printing are discussed.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to use 3D imaging software to create environments and objects;
  2. have an understanding of the principles of designing objects and spaces in three dimensions;
  3. be able to apply surface qualities, lighting, textures, and imported graphic files to elements in a three dimensional composition;
  4. be capable of exploring the range of options and controls available through 3D imaging and modelling software applications;
  5. understand and manipulate camera properties and viewer perspectives;
  6. have knowledge of the various tools and techniques used for realtime 3D computer graphic applications.


Major projects (50%)

Exercises (30%)

Journal (20%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including: 2 lecture hours, 2 studio hours and 8 independent study hours

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