3D lighting techniques, including global illumination, three-point lighting, image based lighting, final gather, lighting for animation

PROFESSION: Lighting Artist / CG Artist

Textures and Shaders techniques, including Photoshop textures, UV mapping, procedurally generated textures

PROFESSION: Texture Artist / CG Artist

Accounting and Business Finance - Necessity for proper Business Systems Development

​CGI / 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Real-time Rendering, including Physically Based Rendering and Real-time Lighting

PROFESSION: Lighting Artist

Texture for Realtime, physically based Rendered Texturing and Materials, animated materials and textures, texture effects

PROFESSION: Texture Artist

  2ND LEVEL

  3RD LEVEL

Node based procedural texture techniques

PROFESSION: Texture Artist

Introduction to Visual Art
Fundamentals of 3D Part 1 and Part 2
Fundamentals of Visual Design
12 Principals of animation in Practice
Fundamentals of Real-time Rendering

Realtime Texturing Techniques

PROFESSION: Texture Artist

Anatomy for Character Artists: Includes bone structure, muscle names, shapes, insertions and deformation, surface anatomy such as skin, hair and nails

PROFESSION: Character Artist

Rendering Techniques, Rendering quality, post process effects, Image Compositing and render layers. Also includes various software like blender cycles, Pixar's Renderman, mental ray and Arnold renderer

PROFESSION: Lighting Artist / CG Artist

Level Design Methods, including level layouts, encounter design, visual scripting for level designers

PROFESSION: Level Designer

Cinematics Design

PROFESSION: Storyboard Artist

Composition, including Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio


Traditional Pencil Drawing


Traditional art skill, including gesture techniques, shading, lines and contours, perspective, shapes and forms.


Theory of Colour


Theory of Lights


Surface Theory, including diffuse, reflection, refraction, translucency and sub surface scattering


Design Principles


Character Design principles


Design language principles


Principles of Animation


Movement Studies


Referencing


Photo Bashing

MODULES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE CGI COURSE

Modelling for Real-time, including Retopology or Remeshing, Triangulation Reduction, Level of Detail, polygon count management

PROFESSION: 3D Artists

Composite rendering Techniques

PROFESSION: Render Artist

Polygon Based Modelling according to requirements

PROFESSION: 3D Artists / CG Artist

Characterisation Techniques that includes 3D costume design, personality development, expression and posing according to the rule of gestures

PROFESSION: Character Artist

Since CGI, like any other art form, is practical based, not a lot of international Exams are available. We are going to introduce Autodesk Certification in 2017. The following is a skill set based on practical application that will be acquired by the student.

  PHOTOSHOP

Visual Design 2: Design Language and Genre Studies
Anatomy 1: Names and forms of bones and muscles of the Human Body
Principals of Character Design
Character Workflow: From High definition mesh to Game Ready Asset
Character Animation 1
Game and Level Design: Fundamentals
Environment Animation and Effects
Rendering in-game visuals

Animation techniques and workflow, including Rigging, Animating according to the Animation Principles, Facial Animation and environment and Prop animation

PROFESSION: Animator / CG Artist

Digital Sculpting Techniques, including traditional sculpting techniques, Dynamic Tessellation Sculpting, Character Sculpting, Prop and Environment Sculpting

PROFESSION: Environment Artist / Character Artist

  GENERAL ART AND DESIGN RELATED SKILLS

Post Editing and Image editing techniques

PROFESSION: Texture Artist

  1ST LEVEL

  ZBRUSH AND MUDBOX

MS Office Fundamentals (Advanced Computer Literacy, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet) - Prerequisite knowledge/skill for all other courses (Unit standards-based)

Visual Effects for Realtime methods, including particles, post process effects, lighting effects

PROFESSION: Visual Effects Artist

Study Methods - Prerequisite knowledge/skill for all other courses

Texture Baking 

PROFESSION: Texture Artist

Texture Painting techniques, including stylized textures, character texturing, image based projection texturing

PROFESSION: Character Artist / Texture Artist

Advanced Character Anatomy: Transitioning Anatomy into Visual Guides
Character Design: Manipulating Anatomy
Advanced Rigging: Rigging based upon Anatomy
Character Animation 2: The Face
Character Animation 3: Advanced Animation Techniques
Creating Realistic Environments
Developing a Short Animation
Developing a Complete Game Level with Advanced Real-time techniques
Developing and Advanced Industry - Standard Portfolio

  UNREAL ENGINE AND UNITY

English I (Grammar) - Essential skills for each student (the whole of the IT market is based on English) 

INTERNATIONAL OUTCOME CERTIFICATIONS:

  • PORTFOLIO ALIGNED TO INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS


The CGI/3D Animation and Visual Effects course started because of the increasing demand of CGI artists and animators in the South African as well as global industry. Students also developed a keen interest in the field. CGI is a self-standing course, but branches out to the Game Development course as well.


This Programme enables the students to learn various industry standard 3D techniques and also lets them deliver an up to date portfolio that will be recognized internationally and locally.

Visual Effects Methods, particle effect, animated materials, lighting effects and post process effects

PROFESSION: Visual Effects Artist

  ADDITIONAL CONTENT

  AUTODESK 3DS MAX, AUTODESK MAYA, BLENDER INTRODUCTION

SKILLS THE COURSE DEVELOPS

Agile and Scrum Development and Application to Project - Prerequisite knowledge for Intermediate and Advanced level courses

Fundamentals of Project Management I - Essential Project Management skills for the industry

English II (Business Communication) - Essential skills for the IT industry

  SUBSTANCE DESIGNER AND PAINTER

Photoshop Texturing techniques, including Photoshop texture painting, image based texture comping

PROFESSION: Texture Artist