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3D DMP/Environments

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8 weeks

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40 hours / week

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About the course

Our 3DDMP/Environments course covers a wide range of skills and techniques involved in creating realistic backgrounds for live-action films.

From exercises that focus on areas that matte painters find most challenging, to projected matte painting, then over to modeling and texturing, layout and set dressing, this course covers a lot of the base skills needed to be an effective 3DDMP/Environment artist.

This course will benefit from the use of Wacom tablets check out the supported tablets HERE. 

Recommended skills

  • Basic understanding of Maya, Nuke, Photoshop & Renderman.
  • Knowledge in Photo manipulation, Set Extension, Understanding Perspective,
  • Understanding of matching lighting, 2.5D Projection,
  • 3D Modelling knowledgeTexturing in UDIM and putting them all together for pre-compositing will be particularly useful skills for the course
  • Comfortable using 3D programs
  • Solid understanding of Photoshop, particularly adjustment layers and masking

What we offer

  • Intensive training from our industry-leading artists
  • Access to studio-grade virtual workstations, software, and rendering
  • You will be encouraged and coached to create a professional showreel of your work which you can take with you after completing the course
  • Continued access to tutorials after the course
  • A digital badge and certificate to share on your LinkedIn profile
  • Ongoing recruitment opportunities and continued contact with the Technicolor Creative Studios community

What our students say

“I loved every single day of this journey: especially the meetings, the fantastic instructors, the interaction with my wonderful classmates, the efficiency of the staff, and the pace of work. Thanks for everything you have done for us!“

Elena Brial

“I really appreciated the behaviour and the availability of the teachers Luke and Gabriel. I really enjoyed the presence of special guests in the Friday recap.“

Davide Ballasina

“Overall, I really enjoyed the course and found it was at the right level to challenge and develop my skills without being too overwhelming. I also found the dailies were very useful and kept the tempo of work high as you had near constant feedback.“

Elea Sainsbury

“Being able to see how my classmates work and having a teacher to whom I can ask questions or ask for advice, were very valuable and motivating things.“

Daniel Dominguez

“The feedback from lecturers was really good. Tutorials for first two modules were really good too. Learning to use ShotGrid is great too as it is used in the industry, but not at universities.“

Jiri Novy

“I thought the constructive criticism we got was great. It was always very helpful, and never mean-spirited.“

Lukas Berger

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Who can apply

  • Recent graduates of a VFX-related program or entry/junior level candidates with some experience looking for their first break in the VFX industry
  • Candidates who are ready to cross the bridge from learning to a professional career

How to enrol

  • Apply with your department-specific demo reel and CV attached
  • Provide the information required in the pre-screening questionnaire
  • Your eligibility is based on the location to which you apply; the Admissions team will review if you are eligible and willing to work in that location after the virtual course
  • All applicants must complete a standardized skills test provided by the Admissions team
  • Receive feedback on results and revise if necessary
  • Complete a brief interview with an Admissions or Academy team member
  • Admissions team will confirm your enrolment in the designated course’s start date

Virtual workstations

We use the Teradici remote desktop client to connect to our Cloud Virtual workstations, which will run on almost any computer with the following operating systems: Windows, macOS and Linux.

You will need at least a 10MB broadband connection (20mb+ recommended).

Our cloud workstations provide all required software and course assets.

Minimum Requirements

  • Laptop or workstation with webcam, microphone and speakers/headset
  • External monitor with HD resolution
  • 3-button mouse
  • 10mb/s Broadband (20MB+ recommended)
  • Wacom tablet – list of Teradici compatible models here

Apply now

New start dates are pending for all locations. Explore our learning resources & materials to get a taster of our courses and explore jobs at Technicolor Creative Studios.

Learn from the best in the industry

Our trainers have worked on award-winning projects, including:

The One and Only Ivan

Over 45% of Super Bowl spots in 2022

The Jungle Book

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Life of Pi

The Lion King

Harry Potter


The One and Only Ivan

Over 45% of Super Bowl spots in 2022

The Jungle Book

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Life of Pi

The Lion King

Harry Potter


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