3D Modeling Essentials

Get started in Maya in this 3D modeling course taught by top film and game experts

Learn 3D modeling from scratch

Take the first step towards a career as a 3D modeler

In this online 3D modeling short course, you'll learn how to create realistic props and assets using Maya and Substance Painter. You'll be mentored by an industry expert with years of experience working on blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

Why study 3D modeling at CG Spectrum:

  • Start modeling in 3D without any prior knowledge
  • Learn industry-standard software Maya
  • Be mentored by a world-class industry expert
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


3D modelers create CG representations of objects which are then animated or have VFX applied to them, and used in film and games. It's an exciting career path where no two days are the same.

This short course is the perfect way to learn 3D modeling basics. It also forms term one of the full 3D Modeling Course, so if you decide to continue, you'll be one-third of the way through!



Study duration

12 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills and min. computer specs


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Maya, Substance Painter

Start date

Jan 8, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn 3D modeling basics from industry pros who have worked on films and games

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led animation programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked on top films and games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner


An industry-approved curriculum to get you started in the world of 3D modeling

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 3D Modeling

Learn 3D Modeling Essentials starting with the essentials: navigating Maya’s interface, understanding professional workflows, commonly used tools, and building 3D assets from scratch. Identify differences between film and video game models by learning high poly 3D modeling techniques, then converting it for video games, and adding textures in Substance Painter.

*This short course begins the 3D Modeling Foundations, so if you choose to continue after completing your certificate, you'll already be a third of the way through!

  • How to set up proper workflows in Maya
  • Create 3D models for film & games
  • Retopolgize objects for clean line flow
  • Texture using Substance Painter
  1. Introduction To 3D Modeling
  2. Texturing Process Basics
  3. Tool Box Modeling
  4. Modeling Hat and Rockets
  5. Belt Accessories
  6. Character Modeling: Body Form
  7. Character Modeling: Face And Details
  8. Character Modeling: Props And Assembly
  9. Character Texturing
  10. Character Final Assembly
  11. Baseplate Modeling
  12. Additional Modeling Elements
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Get started with the intro course and graduate with the option to continue to term 2 of the foundations course.

Pathway illustration for 3D Modeling (Full pathway)

Have an experienced industry artist as your mentor

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 3D modeling classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience at top studios working on feature films and video games.


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

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

(3 x payments)

$1,750 USD

(3 x payments)

Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We've got answers

To be successful in this program you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


Students can sign up for an educational license for Autodesk Maya and Substance Painter.


You will need a dedicated graphics card, and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Autodesk Maya and Substance Painter. A minimum of 32GB RAM is ideal.

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

Studying 3D modeling can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry. 

This short 3D modeling course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the full 3D modeling study pathway (3D Modeling Foundations and 3D Modeler Specicalization) will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The advanced course covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.

Some of the junior 3D modeling jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

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

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

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


Studios that hire our students