DIS1911 - 3D design and visualisation - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - 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



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


COL1001 or CDS1001 or CDS1002, DIS1102 or DIS1103 or VCM1001


DIS2901, DIS2902


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


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have an understanding of the principles of designing objects and spaces in three dimensions and their translation into computer-based design methodologies;
  2. Be able to use 3D imaging software to create environments and objects;
  3. Be able to apply surface qualities, lighting, textures, and imported graphic files to elements in a three dimensional composition;
  4. Explore the range of options and controls available through 3D imaging and modelling software applications;
  5. Understand and manipulate camera properties and viewer perspectives;
  6. Recognise the various applications of 3D design and visualisation across multimedia, interior architecture and industrial design practices.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study.

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