Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation

Academic lead: Dr Stephen Laycock

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Academic level: Undergraduate level 5 

This module will focus on gaining practical experience in creating and modifying 3D models using the industry standard software Autodesk 3ds Max.

Throughout the course of the programme you will learn to develop your own 3D models, learning how to apply a range of textures and surfaces to objects, and how to add lighting for realism and special effects. All building towards the creation of your final animation project.

Taking a practical and hands on approach to learning, you’ll have access to our world-class teaching facilities, including our specialised graphics lab. And by the end of the course you will have gained an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the creation of 3D models and how they are used to create visual images and animations.

Field trips may include

Science Museum (London), Bletchley Park: Home of the Codebreakers (Buckinghamshire).

By the end of the module students will

  • Be able to apply skills in 3D modelling and animation. 
  • Be able to analyse real world scenarios and proper character modelling solutions. 
  • Be able to evaluate natural phenomena from an animation perspective and identify transformation methods for specific situations. 
  • Have gained experience of media design processes. 
  • Have improved presentation skills. 
  • Have improved analysis and problem-solving skills.



Students should come equipped with an interest in learning about digital animation. No specific knowledge or experience is required. 

Student Experience

"The best thing about my module, Digital Animation, was being exposed to people who work in the field – the instructors are dedicated, are the best at what they do and impart not only knowledge but their enthusiasm for the subject matter, further driving you to excel and do more. There was never a dull moment: each instructor had their own strengths in regards to animation and always shared everything they knew without reserve. They assist whenever required and support you in every way possible." John from Australia, Digital Animation 2014

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