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Advanced 3D Visual Effects and Animation with Maya and V-Ray 


This high impact 3D Animation and Visual Effects programme is for students who are interested to work in the film, TV or visual effects industry. It is a practical programme designed to give students the best technical training to work as 3D artists using the popular Maya 3D software as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology and processes. Students will be exposed to all aspects of 3D modelling, animation principles and compositing techniques with the help of Autodesk Maya Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop After-Effects and V-Ray


You will also work with Virtual Reality technology using your Goggles VR headset, and other VR Technologies such as Unity (Review the VR Lab block below)



Features and Benefits


  • Learn industry critical software and technology platforms such as Unity, V-Ray, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects and more to the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering. 
  • Get access to the full software suites of Adobe (for 1 year), Unity3D (for 1 year),  Autodesk (for 3 years) with no limitations and restriction to any functionality, all included in the price.
  • Learn how to sell your skills with our “Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy” module 
  • During the program, students will prepare and write the Autodesk Maya User and Autodesk Maya Professional certification.  
  • Industry exposure through our industry contacts and online recruitment portal. 
  • Showcase of student work at our annual internal Job Fair for exposure to potential employers as well as the popular Rage Expo or Comicon.
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to Learn3D graduates. Visit for more.  




This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements:

  • National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with Foundational Mathematics and English as your home/first language.
  • Computer literacy (hardware functions; operating systems; file management)

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusivly to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

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15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

R14 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R18 000.00 Learn More

Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 10 months  (3 days a week from 8:30 to 16:00) 
    • All learning hours are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project-based assignments. 


    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 


    Online & Part Time  

    • Part Time = 10 months (2 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hour on Campus session - Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month @ 08:00) 
    • Online = 10 Months (2 Hours Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) 
    •  All learning hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.
  • Career Options

    • Game 3D Asset Creator/Modeller  
    • Environment building 
    • Texture artist 
    • Game Content Creator 
    • 3D Animator 
    • 3D Asset Creator (VR) 
    • Product Modelling 
    • Virtual Reality Specialist Consultant

    Other fields where game developers are finding work 

    • Film- rapid visualisation and shot planning 
    • Automobile - Design visualisation 
    • Architectural - Design visualisation, interactive presentation, virtual reality presentation 
    • Product and Industrial Design- visualisation and realtime simulation 


    Marketing and Commercial 

    • Gamification of marketing and client experience 
    • Training and simulation systems development 
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On Campus only).
    • Adobe Student licence valid for one year.
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years.
    • Art equipment including, 24 Piece Pencil Set, Sketchpad, Notepad, A4 Sketchbook, A4 Day Planner
    • Electronic Study Guides
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide.
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 
    • HUION H420 Tablet Drawing Board.
    • Goggles VR Headset


What you get

After finishing this course, you will have a complete understanding of the different
pieces of software and the work-flow required to use them successfully.
You will also get:
  • Internationally recognized Autodesk Certificates for all software modules.
  • Internationally recognized V-Ray Certificate
  • Autodesk Maya Certified Professional Certification (upon successful completion of the certification)
  • Portfolio of Evidence, Show-reel stills and Animation

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a 3D Animator. 

Modelling and Sculpting  

This module will introduce the student to the process of creating content in Autodesk Maya. 

The following topics are covered in this module: 

  • Understanding the software interface 
  • Setting up a project, 
  • Basic modelling Techniques and Principles using Maya  
  • Advanced modelling and sculpting techniques 
  • Project and Asset management 


Cinematic Light and Colour Theory 

The student will be introduced to the theory of light and how to use it with cinematic principles. Following this the student will learn how to apply these principles in the Unity game engine This module will cover the following: 

  • Basic properties of Light (Reflection, Refraction, Diffusion),  
  • Attenuation,  
  • Colour balancing.  
  • Cinematic lighting setups,  
  • colour as focal point and contrast,  
  • telling story with light.   
  • Cinematic colour theory: cool/warm colours, emotion of colour, colour as focal point, colour for depth.  
  • Creating lights in Unity for game environments. 


Textures, Maps and UVW Mapping 

Students will be exposed to the basic principles and workflows of texturing for games using Autodesk  Maya. 

This module will cover: 

  • Properties of Materials in Autodesk Maya 
  • Creating textures with Adobe Photoshop 


Rigging and Animation  

Students will be exposed to the principles and workflows of creating rigging and animation for games using 3DsMax or Maya as well as creating cinematic camera movement in a game engine. 

  • Rigging and Animation in Autodesk Maya. 
  • Theory and Principles of animation and motion.  
  • Camera movement and setup. 



Dynamics and Simulation 

Students will be taught how to create dynamic simulations in Unity as well as employ particle system for special effects in their scenes 

The module will cover: 

  • Simulation of Physics and Particles using Autodesk Maya. 



Virtual Reality 

With Virtual Reality becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the game industry we believe no gaming course would be complete without introducing the student to the specific requirements and nuances of designing for this interface. Our VR module is a standalone course that will not only introduce the basic concepts of VR but also expose the student to some of the fields beyond gaming where this is being applied and the specific needs of working in those industries. This module will cover the following topics: 


  • Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality: This topic will cover the basics of Virtual Reality, the concepts and ready to use VR environments. Learners will use their Goggles VR Headset and experience various VR environments both static and interactive. 

  • Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality: A topic to introduce students to the concept of 3D using virtual reality. By using VR, learners will conceptualize the 3D environment much quicker.
  • Modelling for Virtual Reality: Guidelines and tips for ensuring correct modelling techniques are followed to ensure the best experience. 
  • Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Immersion: This topic will cover how to prepare your data for the virtual reality environment. It will explore the conversion of your data through various channel, using applicable software so that it is VR ready. 
  • Design Validation through Virtual Reality: Use VR for design validation. 
  • Presenting your data in Virtual Reality: Using VR platforms, learn how to present and use your data in various VR scenarios, from basic stereo images to full immersive experiences. 



Composition, Presentation and Storyboards 

This module will introduce the students to the principles and techniques of rendering, composition and post-production of rendered content. 

This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Rendering,  
  • Cinematic Composition and blocking principles. 
  • Composite Rendering and Post Production (Adobe PS and AE). 
  • Effective Storyboard and pacing principles  


Portfolio Project 

The world is changing and with the traditional degree not being a guarantee for employment anymore students need to show that they don’t just have the knowledge, but that they can be innovative and apply the knowledge it as well. Employers are increasingly looking for proof of application and competence, especially in the creative fields and the portfolio has become a standard requirement for any job application. 

Our course is based around the building of a complete portfolio that will allow the student to showcase skills and abilities at the end of the programme. 


Freelancing for Creatives, Designers and Digital Artists, Making Money in the Gig Economy 

This module will introduce the student to the exciting, tumultuous and ever changing world of freelancing in the creative industry and the burgeoning gig economy.  

The module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to freelancing and exploring different freelancing services 
  • Exploring freelancing supporting sites and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • Explore crowdsourcing and finding the right one for your skillset 
  • The importance of a High-Quality Portfolio Website 
  • The Importance of a professional online personal and social profile and building of your PERSONAL BRAND 
  • International Job Hunting/Jobs Hunting, your market is bigger than you think 
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Full Time
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Full Time
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 12 February 2020
    17 February 2020

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