Study 3D visualization online

Bring concepts, sketches, and blueprints to life with career mentorship from a V-Ray authorized instructor

Dive into a stimulating career in architecture visualization (archviz), product visualization, industrial visualization, film, or games with CG Spectrum's Foundations of 3D Visualization Course. Learn to translate ideas into the digital 3D space, establishing accurate representations of what buildings, sets, and landscapes will look like before they're even built!

Why study 3D visualization at CG Spectrum:

  • We are a Chaos Academic Partner
  • Unreal Academic Partner & Unreal Authorized Training Center
  • Mentorship from industry pros
  • Job-focused career training and 100% online
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max. 4 students)


CG Spectrum, a Rookies Certified School, has partnered with Chaos to develop a job-focused study pathway to ensure you are well-positioned to enter the workforce as a 3D visualization artist, making a productive contribution from day one on the job.

Gain speed and confidence with industry-standard software, learn cutting-edge visualization techniques, and finish the course with high-quality 3D renders that will demonstrate your skills to prospective employers.



Study duration

24 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


3ds Max, V-Ray, Unreal Engine, Photoshop

Start date

May 13, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn 3D visualization from professionals actively working in the industry

Our expert-led courses prepare you for a diverse and rewarding career as a 3D visualization artist. Uncover your creative potential while building the right technical job skills.


Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked in the film and games industry

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner


Comprehensive, hands-on, and creative career training in 3D Visualization

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 2: Core 3D Visualization Principles

This part of the Foundations of 3D Visualization Course will explore adding detail to your 3D scene to achieve a more interesting and photoreal finish, using surface imperfections, compositing, and atmospheric effects. You'll also dive deeper into texturing, shading, lighting, and rendering and learn Photoshop fundamentals.

  • Creating cinematic lighting and adding atmospheric effects
  • Using texturing and shading to add detail
  • Photoshop basics
  • 3D rendering and troubleshooting
  1. Materials/Shaders
  2. Unwrapping
  3. Textures and Surface Imperfections
  4. Scattering Systems
  5. Achieving better compositions
  6. Lighting/Gobos/Lightmix/Atmospheric Effects
  7. Photoshop Fundamentals
  8. Post Processing (VFB)
  9. MtlWrapper/Shadow Catcher
  10. Lighting Integration
  11. Render Element/Render Engine Problem Solving
  12. Back to Beauty Compositing (VFB)
Term 2: 12 weeks

Foundations 3: Professional Real-time Visualization

This final term looks at how to create 3D visualizations in Unreal Engine (UE). Learn how to plan out a shot in Unreal Engine and build impressive scenes with your own assets as well as Quixel's Megascans library. You'll also explore how to fully utilize the Lumen and Nanite features of UE5 and animation to achieve photorealistic real-time projects.

  • How to navigate Unreal Engine
  • Importing Megascans assets into your scene
  • Basic animation (keyframe)
  • Using Lumen and Nanite features in UE5
  1. Introduction to Unreal Engine
  2. Asset preparation, Datasmith, and FBX
  3. UV Coordinate Controls
  4. Materials and Shaders
  5. Lighting and Post Process Volume
  6. Planning Your Shot and Animation Basics
  7. Making an Interior Scene
  8. Foliage System and Landscaping for Exterior Shots
  9. Making an Exterior Scene
  10. Blueprint Control
  11. Substrate and Procedural Content Generation
  12. How to Continue to Develop Your UE Skills
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Pathway illustration for 9 Month Bundle

Get direct access to seasoned 3D visualization artists with years of experience

Our mentors have years of 3D visualization industry experience across archviz, product visualization, games, and digital fashion and have worked for clients including Epic Games, Audi, Nespresso, and ICONIQ.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(6 x payments)

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$3,199 USD

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$1,750 USD

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$4,725 USD

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Frequently asked questions

3D Visualization Foundations Course FAQs

Any student enrolling in this course will need to have basic computer literacy (i.e. knows how to use a computer and operate everyday applications such as email, Zoom, and Slack).

If you have successfully completed the 3D Visualization Essentials, and want to continue your education, you can move straight into term 2 of the Foundations of 3D Visualization Course. 

You will also need a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


An educational license of 3ds Max and Chaos V-Ray. Instructions for how to obtain an educational license for the required software will be provided upon enrollment.

You alsowill need to purchase Photoshop (photography plan only) for term 2.

Term 3 requires Unreal Engine, which is free to download and use.


Students will need a dedicated graphics card and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Autodesk 3ds Max, Chaos V-Ray, Photoshop, and Unreal Engine.

The software and skills you will be learning in this course do not require a background in architecture.

What we teach you can definitely be applied to architecture, if you desire, and can help you work towards a career in architectural visualization (archviz) if that is your goal.

If you choose the 1-on-1 private mentorship option, then yes, you can decide to skip and adjust the pacing with your mentor.

Yes! 3D modeling is a significant part of 3D visualization, and we welcome modelers to our course.

If you have previous 3D modeling experience, you may not need to take the first term and could enroll straight in term 2. However, the first term may still be beneficial if you are unfamiliar with the software we teach (3ds Max and V-Ray).

To skip term 1, you must be able to show that you have a fundamental understanding of how 3ds Max works along with basic lighting and rendering skills via a portfolio demonstrating your experience and an accompanying resume.

Please note that for those wishing to move straight into term 2, we are not taking enrollments for the July start date at this time. Term 2 will commence later in the year (please contact our admissions team for more information).

3D visualization processes are employed across myriad industries—from building and construction to film and video games to product design and VR—making 3D visualization artists in demand.

This 9-month course is designed to prepare you for a career as a 3D visualization artist. It also includes personalized career services and 1-on-1 time with our Career Development Manager, which can help when applying for junior-level jobs in visualization across:

  • Architecture and construction
  • Engineering
  • Film and television
  • Video games
  • Product design

Discover more about this career path, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:


We will also be offering specialization courses in 2024—stay tuned!

Student Showcase

See what our students are creating!

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. 


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