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3D Studio Max Courses

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CIDG 160 3ds Max Fundamentals (3.0 units)

Description: Students will learn the basics of 3D modeling, how to create and apply realistic textures, lighting principles and techniques, camera types and their appropriate usage, and fundamental key framing procedures. Other topics to be covered include storyboards, the traditional principles of animation, current industry trends and issues pertaining to rendering output for different mediums (film, video, Internet, etc.). (No prerequisites)

CIDG 260 3ds Max Advanced Modeling and Materials (3.0 units)

Description: Students will learn the more advanced modeling features of 3ds Max. Complex aspects of building materials and textures will be covered in depth. The course will culminate with students being introduced to the video game environment, having the opportunity to create their own game level. The course will prepare students for work in the entertainment, commercial and computer gaming industries. (Prerequisite: CIDG 160)

CIDG 261 3ds Max Advanced Animation and Effects (3.0 units)

Description: Students will learn advanced animation techniques including animating with controllers, scripting and expressions, and creating visual effects with particles systems and space warps. Character animation will be addressed in depth. Character studio and bones will be utilized to build skeletal systems for both characters and creatures. Fundamental compositing techniques will also be included in course curriculum. The course will prepare students for work in the entertainment, commercial and computer gaming industries. (Prerequisite: CIDG 260)

CIDG 65 3ds Max Advanced Effects and Compositing (3.0 units)

Description: Students learn advanced concepts and procedures required for creating high quality 3D special effects. Topics will include particle systems, space warps, and reactor. Rendering techniques incorporating depth of field, motion blur and anti-aliasing filters will also be discussed. Alpha channel compositing techniques will be addressed in detail. Students will also explore and analyze issues pertaining to the computer animation industry. (Prerequisite: CIDG 260)