Overview

Learn virtual production online

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

Start your journey towards becoming a real-time 3D technical artist with CG Spectrum's new virtual production course. Learn to create film quality environments, using world building, lighting and camera techniques, and see how to apply these skills in the real world for job roles on a stage volume. 

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 and virtual production techniques, and create a high-quality scene for your professional portfolio to show prospective employers.

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Industry Qualification

Diploma

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

Included software

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

Start date

Nov 1, 2021

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Why study with us

Learn virtual production and realtime 3d technical art from industry pros

Our expert-led courses prepare you for an exciting career as a realtime 3d technical artist. Learn virtual production techniques and build practical job skills studios are looking for.

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Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked in the film and games industry

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner

Curriculum

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

Note: The Introduction to Real-Time 3D and Virtual Production Certificate (or equivalent experience) is a prerequisite for this diploma 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 & Project Management
  2. Introduction to Landscapes
  3. Advanced Landscapes & Materials
  4. Lighting Systems in Unreal
  5. Preparation, Planning, & Layout
  6. Detailing & Polishing
  7. Breathing Life into a Level
  8. Advanced Lighting
  9. Scene Optimization
  10. Rendering/Movie Render Queue
  11. Post Production
  12. Getting Ready for UE5
Term 2: 12 weeks
Virtual Production

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. Cinema Cameras and Rigs
  2. Sequencer for Linear Media
  3. Exporting and Offline Pipeline
  4. Audio Integration
  5. Digital Humans
  6. Character Setup for Virtual Production
  7. Performance Capture and Linear Animation
  8. Virtual Camera Setups
  9. Tracked Virtual Camera Workflows
  10. Lighting Control Rigs
  11. Optimization Workflow and Export Preparation
  12. Post Processing and Final Shot
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 pieces for your portfolio. As a diploma student, you can access additional career development services to learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers.

  • How to polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Interview and negotiation strategies
  • Effective networking and self-promotion
  • Accessing the hidden job market 

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

  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
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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.

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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Per Term
$3,199 USD

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$1,485 USD

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Per Term
$3,999 USD

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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.

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