3D Modeling Degree

Master the tools and techniques to pursue a successful career as a 3D modeler

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Start your journey as a 3D modeler with training from industry pros

Learn how to digitally model realistic props, curious creatures, and immersive environments for film, TV, virtual production, and video games. With an industry expert as your guide, master specialized software, including Maya, ZBrush, and Substance Painter, and delve deep into the VFX pipeline and creative workflows, building the skills to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.

Why study 3D modeling at CGSI:

  • Master software used in top film and video game studios
  • Gain specialized creative, technical, and conceptual skills and knowledge
  • Create industry-level work that recruiters will notice
  • Graduate in less time than a typical degree - 2 years instead of 3
  • Access FEE-HELP to secure no upfront fees (eligible students only)

CG Spectrum Institute is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), ensuring students receive a high-quality education and graduate with reputable qualifications.



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Why study with us

Learn 3D modeling from professional artists

Our expert-led digital sculpting programs prepare you for a fulfilling career in the film and games industry. Harness your creative potential while building practical job skills studios are looking for.

Specialized Training

Build industry-focused, specialised technical and creative skills through rigorous practical and theoretical training.

Conceptual Learning

Learn the underlying concepts and principles that govern the creative industries and how to apply them as a working artist.

Interpersonal Skills Focus

Gain essential skills for success in the real world, including communication, problem-solving, management, and leadership.

Industry Leadership

Learn from and network with professionals and academic thought leaders within the world of creative technology.

Interactive Training

Engage in hands-on study and assessments that provide a compelling, practical learning experience to prepare you for the industry.

Career-driven Outcomes

Graduate job-ready with a holistic skillset, polished portfolio or showreel, and support from our career services team.

Course Information

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Bachelor's Degree

Study duration

2 years


40 hrs weekly


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Course Fees

$49,992 AUD

Start date

May, 2024
Sept, 2024

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3D Modeling Major

Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a 3D modeler for film and games

The Bachelor of Animation and VFX majoring in 3D modeling will teach you advanced hard surface and organic modeling techniques. Sculpt a character with hair, clothing, and accessories, bring a creature to life with fur or scales, and build a realistic 3D environment. You'll also learn how to texture, light, and render your work to create studio-quality turntables and scenes. Refine your 3D art during your final trimester, which focuses on building a professional showreel and getting you job-ready.




Trimester 01

Explore the basics of 3D modeling, including form, volume, lighting, and digital sculpting. Create 3D assets from scratch as you master software navigation and industry-standard tools, and learn about professional workflows and the difference between film and video game modeling. Next, you'll delve into texturing and rendering fundamentals using reference sourcing, UV layout techniques, and various processes and tools for finalizing 3D models with textures and rendering effects.

A firm grasp of the historical foundations, theories, innovations, and principles shaping contemporary practices is vital for film and game artists. This subject uses case studies and documented evidence to delve into the historical, social, technical, and theoretical factors impacting the creative industries. You will analyze how innovations and technologies from one sector (e.g., games) are applied to the other (e.g., film), driving continuous transformation and progress.

3D modelers require a thorough understanding of production pipelines and processes to ensure efficient and timely project development. This subject introduces you to essential terminology, frameworks, and stages of these creative fields, emphasizing their interconnectedness. Examine the entire production journey, from inception to distribution, and delve into workflow frameworks unique to animation, VFX, and game studios, facilitating industry comparisons. 

Trimester 02

Create stylized 3D characters and environments, using industry pipeline processes and adhering to sculpting, form, volume, and lighting principles. From initial concept development to sourcing reference imagery and footage, you'll generate a character rig and craft your character in various poses before rendering it in a turntable. You'll also produce polished, pro-level meshes using retopology while becoming proficient in UV layout techniques for applying textures.

Delve into the theories and principles of color, light, and composition and their relevance in art movements, film, and video games. Analyze compositions and artworks, examining the integration of line, shape, space, depth, content, and style, recognizing their significance in creative endeavors. Through collaborative online discussions, you will get to explore and contrast historical and contemporary artworks, shedding light on the evolution of art and design theories and practices.

This subject offers a broad overview of professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive communication in both oral and written contexts. Explore the significance of mode, context, and purpose, and delve into communication theories, models, and frameworks for facilitating interactions, transactions, and critiques. You'll gain insights into paralanguage, responsive listening, active collaboration, and delivering and receiving respectful feedback.

Trimester 03

Master digital sculpting using industry-standard software ZBrush to incorporate elements like muscles, skin, scales, and fur into your 3D characters. Investigate biological theories relating to animal anatomy and the principles and processes underpinning the creation of detailed and anatomically realistic creature designs. You will also explore hard surface objects, including mechanical designs, examining the parameters and constraints that influence designs and impact their technical feasibility.

Discover the ways stories are crafted through single, multiple, or moving images. Beginning with the origins of storytelling, you will examine the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin visual storytelling. Literary elements like story arcs, hero's journey, Aristotle's three-act structure, linear and non-linear plots, visual metaphors, motifs, and symbolism are explored, and you'll get to analyze plot structure and character development.

In Identifying and Solving Problems, you will tackle everyday challenges with a foundation in theoretically sound problem-solving. Delve into the principles of creative reasoning, encompassing argument presentation and addressing unconscious bias. You will also explore frameworks for analyzing and reviewing artistic works, along with identifying and resolving creative, technical, and ethical issues in creative projects.

Trimester 04

Draw upon human anatomy, form, volume, and lighting principles to produce a meticulously detailed, fully textured, and rendered character for your portfolio. Master the art of retopologizing intricate character meshes, ensuring clean geometry while preserving realism, and employ principles of physics in software tools to design clothing, fashion accessories, and life-like drapery around your character.

Delve into two essential elements of compelling storytelling in film and games: cinematography and lighting. Cinematography and lighting are used to evoke specific moods or aesthetics; cinematography employs shot framing and camera angles, while lighting uses direction, quality, color, and environment. You will study the theoretical concepts and principles of lighting and cinematography, applying them to visual storytelling and photography in both real-world and digital contexts.

Realizing and delivering a film or game — on time and within budget — requires strategic thinking and strong organizational skills. Build your knowledge in complex management processes, asset pipelines, and project management systems that streamline the delivery of complex creative projects. You'll also study the processes and tools used to pass digital information through the pipeline, including how assets and shot sequences are managed.

Trimester 05

Digital environments start with examining real-world references. Referencing concepts of biodiversity, geology, geography, climate, and meteorology, you will get to build a detailed and realistic digital terrain. The environment you create will be populated with rocks, trees, and foliage using procedural techniques and tools that partially automate the creative process in order to assemble and render a believable final scene.

This subject delves into self-assessment, team dynamics, conflict management, performance optimization, and effective leadership. With a creative business emphasis, examine ethical, inclusive practices and their impact on the performance of a business. You will also analyze case studies, hypothetical scenarios, and leadership strengths and weaknesses, learning from others' experiences to define success for individuals and companies.

Gain valuable insights into the financial and legal obligations and responsibilities associated with running creative businesses and projects. Examine case studies and simulated scenarios representative of sole trading enterprises, partnerships, and large studios. You will also learn about budgeting and finance, taxation, superannuation, cashflows, profit and loss, bidding, IP, trademarking processes, and how to quantify your creative value.

Trimester 06

Throughout your degree, you will have built a comprehensive body of theoretical, technical, creative, and cognitive disciplinary knowledge and skills relating to 3D modeling. In Capstone Portfolio, you'll reflect critically on and review your catalog of work to plan, edit, and curate your best pieces into a cohesive portfolio/showreel that showcases your professional, artistic, and technical abilities and helps you confidently prepare to apply for roles in the industry.

Adaptability and openness to new technologies are crucial in the dynamic industry of film and games. In Stepping Into Industry, you will employ a PESTLE (political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental) analysis to explore current and future trends in the creative sector and identify potential career paths. You are encouraged to reflect on their strengths, values, and adaptability, helping shape your future career choices.

Learn essential marketing concepts and how to shape a personal brand that aligns with your beliefs and values in order to stand out in a global digital market, whether working as a freelancer or at a studio. Acquire an understanding of target markets, customer needs, integrated marketing, handling challenges, and exploring motivations for success. You will also gain insights into managing the diverse, cross-cultural landscape of film and games.


Receive training and support from film and game industry experts

Study with a 3D modeling professional as your guide. These experienced artists have the skills, knowledge, and industry insights to prepare you for your creative career.

Studios that have hired CGS graduates

Our commitment to job outcomes and focus on career development has helped our students and graduates find work at studios all over the world.

Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

Below are the entry requirements for Australian citizens and residents and international applicants:

Australian Citizens & Residents (Domestic Students)

To study our diplomas or degrees, you must be a minimum of 17 years old (please note that applicants may apply prior to turning 17 but must turn 17 during their first trimester of studies at CGSI).

Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a Year 12 Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (for example, VCE, QCE, WACE, HSC, SACE, etc.) or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of a certificate III level qualification, or higher, issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR 
  3. Completion of a certificate IV level qualification (for example, a TAFE Diploma) issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); OR
  4. Completion of a diploma-level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

International Students

To study our diplomas or degrees, you must be a minimum of 17 years old (please note that applicants may apply prior to turning 17 but will not be able to commence studies until they are 17 years or older). 

Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of secondary school studies (which CGSI recognizes as equivalent to the Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education); OR 
  2. Completion of a certificate III level qualification, or equivalent; OR 
  3. A certificate IV or higher qualification (for example, a TAFE Diploma), or equivalent; OR
  4. Completion of a diploma-level qualification, or equivalent

English Language Proficiency standards

Applicants for admission to all courses at the Institute are required to demonstrate and meet one of the following minimum English Language Proficiency standards:

EITHER Successful completion of secondary education, or an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) award at Level 4 or above, in which English was the medium of instruction and assessment, and the final year of study was undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to commencement of study with CGSI; 

OR achieving the minimum requirements of an approved English Language test (as per the bullet points below) within two (2) years prior to the commencement of study. The minimum requirements for each respective test are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Overall Band Score 6.0 with a minimum sub-score of 5.5 in writing, reading, speaking and listening.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-Based Test (iBT): 75 or better overall and no score less than 17.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): Overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46.

Applicants to any of the CGSI courses must provide documentary evidence that they meet English Language Proficiency requirements.

Domestic applicants whose qualifications were completed in programs where English was not the language of instruction must also meet CGSI’s IELTS (or equivalent) entry requirements specified in the English Language Proficiency Assessment Policy (see bullet points under the next heading below).

Special/alternative entry

Special and/or alternative entry articulation pathway admissions arrangements are being explored with a number of providers for students who meet the entry requirements for CGSI’s courses. These arrangements cover a pathway from AQF level 5 diploma qualifications.

CG Spectrum Institute is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

All CGSI degrees and diplomas are accredited, providing students with credible and recognized qualifications.

About TEQSA:

TEQSA stands for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. It is an independent regulatory body in Australia responsible for assuring the quality and standards of higher education institutions. 

TEQSA-accredited qualifications are widely recognized, allowing students to pursue further studies or employment opportunities around the world.


Your studies will require you to download and get acquainted with a variety of software, including:

All required course software will be included in your fees.

We recommend a minimum of 32GB RAM. 


3D Modelling Major:


Please note: As the software we use is regularly updated, please check the specs against the latest available version at the time of enrollment.


CG Spectrum Institute ensures that individuals can access high-quality education and professional development without significant financial barriers, empowering them to achieve their goals and excel in their chosen fields.

Australian Students:

All higher education AQF Award Courses offered at CGSI are supported by the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP program.

Domestic students who meet specific eligibility criteria can access FEE-HELP, which allows them to borrow money for all or part of their tuition fees and repay the loan through the tax system once their income reaches a certain threshold.

For more information, please head to the Tuition and Fees page on our website.

International students:

There is a range of financing options suited to your situation and country. Please contact our friendly admissions team for more information on how we can support your learning journey.


On completion of the Bachelor of Animation & VFX, you will have greater confidence in your abilities and a portfolio to show employers. 

You will also have personalized career services with our Career Development Manager which can help when applying for junior 3D modeling jobs such as:

Discover more about these 3D modeling jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:

While our past CGS students have a high job success rate, we cannot offer guaranteed employment as the film and game industry is competitive, and there is no way of knowing what the market will demand.

The students who experience the greatest success are those who take responsibility for their career, put in the hard work to get their skills and portfolio up to industry standard, leverage their mentor's invaluable expertise and the networking opportunities provided through the CG Spectrum community, and take advantage of every opportunity to excel.

To help students find employment, we have a range of career services and a dedicated Career Development Manager who regularly hosts exclusive career-focused webinars, Q&As, artist interviews, and workshops for students and alumns and is available to answer career-related questions.

Degree students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, CV/portfolio reviews, and help with application/interview preparation. 

If you have any questions about our career services as they relate to your personal career goals, please don't hesitate to get in touch

Ready to take the next step toward your future? Head to our application page now to start your creative journey with us. Whether you're aspiring to learn, grow, or advance your career, our application process is your gateway to a world of opportunities. Don't wait any longer; seize the moment and begin your application today. Your future awaits!




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