Learn real-time 3D & virtual production

Take the first step towards your career as a real-time artist with career training & mentorship at an Unreal Authorized Training Center.

Enter the exciting world of Unreal Engine with our introductory course! Go from simply installing the engine to creating a fully animated playable character. Mentored by a professional real-time artist, you'll develop a broad knowledge of the engine and surrounding pipelines including basic rigging and motion capture. 

Benefits of studying at CG Spectrum:
  • Unreal Academic Partner & Unreal Authorized Training Center
  • Mentorship from industry pros
  • Job-focused curriculum and 100% online
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


CG Spectrum–one of the Top 50 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Art Schools in the World–has partnered with Epic Games and industry professionals to develop a job-focused study pathway to ensure you are well-positioned to enter the real-time 3D and virtual production field and make a productive contribution from day one on the job.

Expect highly personalized training with mentorship from industry experts on the cutting edge of this field. After completing this beginners course, continue along the study pathway with the more advanced Real-Time 3D Technical Art and Virtual Production Course.  



Study duration

12 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skill and a passion for film and games


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Unreal Engine, MotionBuilder, Maya, Substance Painter

Start date

Jan 8, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn real-time 3D from industry pros who have worked at well-known studios

Our expert-led programs prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Unleash your creative potential while building practical job skills.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from industry experts who have worked at top studios

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


Progress faster with industry-approved career training and personalized mentorship

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 3D

In this Essentials course, you'll start with the fundamentals of Unreal Engine, learning how to set up animated characters in the engine, along with a wide variety of features, plus rigging and motion basics. Developing a good foundation in this area is essential for moving on to the more advanced Real-Time 3D Foundations where you'll apply your new skills to creating a film-quality cinematic shot.

  • How to use a wide range of Unreal Engine features
  • Basic animation and rigging skills
  • Working with motion capture
  • An overview of real-time and virtual production pipelines

*This short course (or equivalent experience) is a prerequisite to the full Real-Time 3D and Virtual Production Course.

  1. Learning Game Editors & Industry Workflows
  2. Exporting and Importing
  3. Working with Materials
  4. Setting Up Characters
  5. Implementing Animation
  6. Whiteboxing
  7. Introduction to Rigging
  8. Character Rigging Basics
  9. Motion Capture Fundamentals
  10. Sequencer and Character Animation
  11. Unreal Control Rig
  12. Facial Performance Capture Workflow and Media Reference
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Dive right into the full study pathway and be industry ready in 1 year.

Pathway illustration for Virtual Production (Full pathway)

Get direct access to industry professionals with years of experience

Learn from passionate industry veterans with years of real-world experience at major film and game studios. More mentors to be announced soon!

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)

$1,750 USD

(3 x payments)

Frequently asked questions

Foundations of Real-Time 3D & Virtual Production FAQs

Before entering the introduction to real-time 3D we recommend that the student has the following basic skills:

  • Polygonal modeling principles and workflows
  • UV unwrapping workflows 
  • Animation timeline and graph editing workflows
  • 3D Rendering workflows

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

Note: This course is a pre-requisite to the 9-month Real-Time 3D Foundations course.


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

Unreal Engine is free to download and use.


Students will need a dedicated graphics card, and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Unreal EngineSubstance PainterMotionbuilder, and Maya

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

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

This short course will get you started on your journey as a real-time 3D technical artist, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the more advanced 9-month Real-Time 3D Technical Art & Virtual Production course will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The 9-month course covers far more complex techniques and includes personalized career services and 1-on-1 time with our Career Development Manager which can help when applying for junior virtual production jobs such as:

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

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. 


Studios that hire our students