Overview

Learn virtual production online

Create a film quality cinematic shot using the Unreal Engine with expert mentorship from real-time artists.

Start your journey towards becoming a real-time 3D technical artist with CG Spectrum's virtual production course. Learn how to tell compelling stories and create film quality environments using your new world building, lighting and camera skills. 

Why study virtual production at CG Spectrum:

  • 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)

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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.

Gain speed and confidence with Unreal Engine, learn cutting edge real-time 3d techniques, and create a high-quality scene for your professional portfolio to show prospective employers.

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Qualification

Certificate

Study duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Intermediate

Prerequisites

Intro to Real-time 3D or portfolio submission

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Software

Unreal Engine, Quadspinner Gaea, Quixel Bridge, CapturingReality RealityCapture, DaVinci Resolve

Start date

Jan 9, 2023

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Curriculum

Intensive real-time 3D technical art and virtual production career training

Note: The Foundations of Real-Time 3D and Virtual Production Certificate (or equivalent experience) is a prerequisite for this course.

Term 1: 12 weeks

World building

Discover what it takes to build a believable virtual world. You'll start by learning different methods of creating landscapes within Unreal Engine, and QuadSpinner Gaea before moving on to advanced texture blending, auto materials, and water systems. Next, you'll look at all lighting, VFX, and the post process volume to bring your scene to life. Finally, you'll work to set up a basic camera shot to take your scene to a final film quality render.

  • How to create landscapes using Gaea & Unreal Engine
  • Advanced texturing & lighting
  • Optimizing your scenes for render
  • Camera set-up & rendering film-quality cinematics

Portfolio project: A cinematic ready real-time environment scene.

  1. Scene Blockout and Project Management
  2. Creating a Landscape
  3. Advanced Landscapes & Blending Materials
  4. Lighting Systems in Unreal Engine
  5. Planning & Layout
  6. Foundations & Photogrammetry
  7. Detailing Your World
  8. Good Practices & Polishing
  9. Lighting & Atmosphere
  10. Adding Life, & Optimization Workflows
  11. Rendering with Movie Render Queue
  12. Color Grading & Delivery with Davinci Resolve
Term 2: 12 weeks

Real-time Cinematography

This part of the virtual production course will help you understand how to work with cameras, rigs, lights, and digital humans to create a compelling scene for your portfolio. These skills are essential not only for new content creators but also traditional filmmakers wanting to transition their existing skills to the virtual production environment.

  • How to use cameras and lighting in Unreal Engine
  • Real-time and virtual production pipelines
  • Using digital humans in your sequence
  • Converting traditional film techniques to the digital space

Portfolio project: A short film-quality sequence.

  1. Cine-Cameras and Offline Workflow
  2. Utility Blueprints for Virtual Cameras
  3. Utility Blueprints for Camera Recording
  4. Tracked Camera and Take Recorder Workflows
  5. Digital Humans
  6. Character Setup for Virtual Production 20
  7. Interior Previs Blockout
  8. Interior Polish
  9. Exterior Night/Dusk Lighting and Polish
  10. Vehicle Scene Previs Blockout
  11. In Camera VFX
  12. Virtual Production Interviews
Term 3: 12 weeks

PORTFOLIO AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

This final term is dedicated to getting you job-ready! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best work for your portfolio and learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers. You'll also receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

  • How to polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Interview and negotiation strategies
  • Effective networking and self-promotion
  • Accessing the hidden job market 
  1. Career Pathways
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Portfolio Upgrade
  4. Networking and Online Presence
  5. Resume and Cover Letter
  6. Job Hunting
  7. Freelance Work
  8. Interviews and Pitching
  9. Personal Projects and Challenges
  10. Working in a Studio
  11. Contracts and Negotiations
  12. Personal Roadblocks
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

 

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$1,185 USD

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$3,199 USD

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$1,485 USD

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Per Term
$3,999 USD

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Mentors

Get direct access to seasoned developers and real-time artists with years of experience

To be the best, learn from the best. Real-time 3d and virtual production classes are taught by industry professionals who have worked with top studios.

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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Studios that hire our students

Student successes

80% employment success rate

We’re proud to say that the majority of our advanced graduates are now working in the highly competitive film & games industry.

Our courses and in-house career services are created to give you the essential skills to be job-ready after graduation. Still wondering if CG Spectrum is right for you? Chat with our student ambassadors.

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Your pathway to the industry

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

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Frequently asked questions

Realtime 3D & Virtual Production Course FAQs

What are the prerequisites for this Realtime 3D & Virtual Production course?

This course requires the successful completion of the Foundations of Real-time 3D and Virtual Production Certificateor the Foundations of Game Art & Animation course, or a portfolio submission demonstrating professional experience and an accompanying reel/resume.

If you want to skip the foundations of real-time course you must show that you have a fundamental understanding of how Unreal Engine works and how to work with characters and animation within a real-time environment. You need to provide a portfolio of work that demonstrates an understanding of the topics taught in the course.

These include:

  • Importing static meshes, skeletal meshes and animations
  • Retargeting between different skeleton types
  • Sequencer animation blending and graph editor experience
  • Level, character and animation blueprint experience
  • Basic Control Rig understanding

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

What are the real-time 3D software & hardware requirements?

Software:

Students can sign up for an educational license for Unreal Engine and a student license of Gaea will be provided.

Hardware:

Students will need a dedicated graphics card, and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Unreal Engine and Gaea

Are students also trained in 'hands-on' aspects, such as working in a volume/stagecraft, or is it all theoretical?

No, we do not currently plan to support physical hands on training, our focus is more on story telling through Unreal Engine.

Is this course relative to environment design or theatre design?

It can be if it's specifically using Unreal Engine to build a more immersive experience.

Will animation, VFX, and compositing be covered?

General animation rigging is covered in the Foundations of Real-Time 3D and Virtual Production course and basic compositing concepts are covered in the virtual production term within this course. 

Visual effects is a large subject, so besides the water and clouds covered in this course, those seeking a deeper understanding of VFX are encouraged to explore our VFX courses

Is matchmoving covered in this course?

Matchmoving is not part of the virtual production curriculum but is introduced in another compositing course.

Contact the student admissions team about possibly accomodating this within the course.

Is this training a good option for those interested in 3D CGI Architectural Animation Design and Development?

This real-time 3D course would provide excellent technical knowledge required for architectural presentation in the sense of characters, lighting, camerawork and rendering.

It doesn't specifically aim for the architectural industry, so missed topics might be related to the design, layout and material matching standards required for architecture visualizations.

What careers can I explore post-graduation?

Skilled real-time artists are in demand across the film and game industries and beyond. Read more about the role of a real-time 3D technical artist and how real-time workflows are being adopted by a wide range of industries.

This 9-month course is designed to prepare you for a career as a real-time technical 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 such as:

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

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