3DS Max for Architects and Designers


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


3DS Max is the current, state of the art visualisation tool for architects (building and landscape) and designers of all types (interior, industrial, graphic, product, exhibition, jewellery). Learn how to create compelling, attractive photorealistic renders and animations of your building, interior, product or scene. Explore the process involved in preparing, rendering and animating your 3D model to a high level of realism. Learn how to light, texture and render using the ART and Arnold renderers that come with 3DS Max.

Course content

  • Importing files from Sketchup, Revit AutoCAD
  • Materials - applying; Materials - creating; Creating your own materials with Photoshop
  • Mapping; Sun lighting, interior and exterior; Artificial lighting
  • Cameras; Simulating realistic camera effects
  • Animation for architecture and interior design
  • Autodesk Ray Tracer (ART) rendering
  • Arnold rendering
  • Photoshop post production




There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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Must have knowledge of a 3D modelling program such as Sketchup, Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, ArchiCAD, Alias or Microstation in order to create a building or product that can be rendered in 3DS Max. This intermediate course depends on knowledge of 3D modelling concepts.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

This course focuses on architectural rendering and is also suitable for interior designers, industrial designers, graphic designers, exhibition designers, landscape architects and students seeking to acquire 3D computer visualisation skills. Please note that the course is NOT suitable for storytellers or film makers, because it does not cover character animation, rigging, IK, Unwrap UVW, physics engines or other advanced character animation techniques.

Additional notes

Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.


You will be able to create presentations of high quality and realism, resulting in either still renders or moving animations. You will be able to composite other photographic elements into your render such as skies and people.

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