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FTR2005 3D Modelling

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: 3D Modelling
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Matthew Nielsen

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This is a comprehensive, specialist course that aims to develop professional 3D design skills for digital artists through production-focused learning environments. Through a series of workshops, students are introduced to skills and practices involved in creating 3D elements for film, television, games, the internet and print. This course combines software learning (Autodesk Maya) and research skills in relation to 3D design to produce practical outcomes for the specific intended medium.


Students will have the opportunity to develop a solid awareness of processes involved in creating 3D-based assets for production, including conceptualisation, research, planning, and production outcomes and uses. Students are encouraged to test their conclusions experimentally during workshops through image manipulation and modelling programs. Through their studies, students should develop an awareness of the broader visual, cultural and commercial contexts in which 3D design can be applied, understood, and used.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify and apply the theoretical and practical aspects used object creation and placement within a 3D environment
  2. work independently to produce production quality assets which can be used in contemporary animated films, television and computer games
  3. produce a work that effectively communicates with an intended audience
  4. research concepts and processes and implement them in produce industry ready assets.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic object construction techniques 25.00
2. UV mapping and texturing techniques 25.00
3. Advanced object construction techniques 25.00
4. Lighting and rendering techniques. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Students will require access to the Autodesk Maya software. Autodesk offers a Student Version for free through their site.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 90.00
Independent Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO A 100 20 26 Mar 2019
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO B 100 35 20 May 2019
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO C 100 45 10 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.