Introduction to 3D Modeling

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. 

This short course is the perfect way to learn 3D modeling basics and get a taste for this exciting career. It also forms term one of the 3D Modeling Diploma, so if you decide to continue your journey, you'll be one-third of the way through the diploma!



Industry Qualification


Study duration

3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills and min. computer specs


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Maya, Substance Painter

Start date

Apr 5, 2021

Why study with us

Learn 3D modeling basics from industry pros who have worked on major 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 that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


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

Term 1: 12 weeks
Introduction to 3D Modeling

Learn 3D modeling for beginners 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.

Learn how to:

  • Set up proper workflows in Maya
  • Retopolgize objects for clean line flow
  • Create 3D assets from film & games
  • Texture using Substance Painter

Note: This course is also the first term of the 3D Modeling Diploma, so you'll be one-third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey!

  1. Introduction to Modeling
  2. Blocking a Model with Reference
  3. Model Finalizing and Cleanup
  4. Re Topology Basics
  5. Modeling Project 2A
  6. Modeling Project 2B and Presentation
  7. High Poly Modeling for Film
  8. Low Poly Modeling for Games
  9. UV Theory
  10. UV Layout and Texture Preparation
  11. Introduction to Substance Painter
  12. Texturing and Presentation in Substance Painter

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.

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

(3 x payments)

$1,485 USD

(3 x payments)

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

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

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 18 months
3D Modeling Course Pathway

We've built our courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for. The three courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner. Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals.


The Introduction to 3D Modeling Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in this field.

This course serves as the first term of the 3D Modeling Diploma, so you’ll already be one-third of the way through the diploma if you choose to continue your journey.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Software: A student educational license of Maya and Substance Painter is provided to all students for free

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The 3D Modeling Diploma develops your skill level further with more complex techniques and a focus on producing the quality expected in film and game production.


  • Completion of Introduction to 3D Modeling Certificate
    (Note: The Introduction to 3D Modeling Certificate is embedded in the 3D Modeling Diploma and serves as Term 01. If you have already completed the introductory course, you are one-third of the way through this diploma.)
  • A computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Software: A student educational license of ZBrush, Maya, and Substance Painter is provided to all students for free

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The Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma takes your skills to a feature film and AAA game level, with the final term focused on career development and building your professional portfolio.

All diploma and advanced diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Advanced Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Software: A student educational license of Zbrush, Maya, Houdini and Substance Painter is provided to all students for free

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