Autodesk 3ds Max Essentials

4.5 fantastic 16 opinions
In Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Reading and another venue.
  • Armada

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Important information

Typology Training
Level Beginner
Location At 4 venues
Duration 3 Days
Start 23/03/2020
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Job board Yes

Do you want to improve the quality of your work? If the answer is yes, this is the right course for you

Used worldwide by computer game developers, TV commercial studios and architectural visualisation studios, 3ds Max is a state of the art 3D computer graphics programme.
With our 3ds Max Essentials course, you will receive comprehensive training in:
- The basic functionality, features and principles behind 3ds Max.
- The key theory and techniques needed to use 3ds Max effectively.

If you want to enjoy all the benefits of the course, contact with us through our website so we can offer all the information most relevant to you.

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Where and when



Birmingham (West Midlands)
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6 West Court, Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove, B60 4AD


06 Apr 2020Now taking bookings
13 Jul 2020Now taking bookings
16 Nov 2020Now taking bookings
Bristol (Avon)
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Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, BS1 6AD


08 Jun 2020Now taking bookings
07 Sep 2020Now taking bookings
Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire)
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Gloucester House, 399 Silbury Boulevard, MK9 2AH


23 Mar 2020Now taking bookings
14 Sep 2020Now taking bookings
Reading (Berkshire)
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Spaces, 9 Greyfriars Road, RG1 1NU


22 Jul 2020Now taking bookings

To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

- To gain a thorough grounding in Autodesk 3ds Max. - To teach delegates to use 3ds Max's key features for modelling, animation and rendering

· Who is it intended for?

This course is suitable for: - Newcomers to 3ds Max. - Game developers. - Artists and animators who produce film and video content. - Architects, designers and engineers.

· Requirements

Delegates should have a working knowledge of Windows®. Experience using an Autodesk application, such as AutoCAD or Revit, is beneficial but not essential.

· What happens after requesting information?

Delegates can enrol in any of the following ways: Phone: call 01527 834783. Online: Email: Please email full details, including your name, address, email address, contact phone number, and the date of the course your want to attend to

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Reviews on this course

David Keary
4.0 06/12/2017
What I would highlight: Rod Cleasby is knowledgeable, patient, and communicative. The best training I have to date (and I have tried a few!)
What could be improved: Nothing
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Craig T
4.5 29/11/2017
What I would highlight: The session moved in a logical order to progress skills. Excellent facilities provided by the centre. Thank you for these good days.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Carla I
4.5 28/11/2017
What I would highlight: I’m very happy with the 3ds Max training given by Armada. Truly grateful with you.
What could be improved: Nothing
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Vinod G
4.5 20/11/2017
What I would highlight: The only thing I want to say is that I’ve enjoyed the course a lot. Before the course, I was quite daunted by the thought of sitting down and learning to use the software. However, after the excellent training I feel more confident about exploring the program and manage its possibilities.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Jemma S
4.5 19/11/2017
What I would highlight: The teacher was fantastic, full enthusiasm and energy.
What could be improved: Nothing
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

3d training
3D Modelling
3DS Max

Teachers and trainers (3)

Andy Roe
Andy Roe

Rod Cleasby
Rod Cleasby
SketchUp Trainer

Stewart Cobb
Stewart Cobb
Autodesk trainer

Course programme

Course Programme


  • Understanding the 3D environment

User Interface

  • Touring the interface
  • Viewports
  • Command Panels
  • Other UI Elements

File I/O

  • Starting a Project
  • Saving Files
  • Hold/Fetch
  • Merging Files
  • Import/Export
  • File Linking

Getting Started

  • Setting Preferences correctly
  • Object Creation
  • Object Selection
  • Scene Management

Transforming Objects

  • Transform Tools
  • Coordite Systems
  • Snaps
  • Align Tools
  • Making Duplicates
  • Other Transforms

Modifying Objects

  • Basic Concepts
  • Modifier Examples


  • Modeling with 3D Geometry
  • AEC Techniques
  • Spline theory
  • Creating and editing 2D spline shapes
  • Create 3D objects from 2D shapes
  • Working with Splines
  • Using Shape Modifiers
  • Using Lofts
  • Creating multiple model concepts from one idea Polygon theory
  • Creating and editing 3D polygon objects
  • Add detail to the building concept lab

Materials and Mapping

  • The principles of materials and surfaces
  • Introduction to the materials editor
  • Different types of material
  • Applying materials
  • Using 2D maps
  • Introduction to UVW Mapping
  • Editing UVW map coordinates
  • Applying materials & maps
  • Introduction to mental ray materials
  • Applying and editing mental ray materials
  • Applying mental ray materials


  • Camera Types
  • The Moving Camera
  • Camera paths


  • Introduction to direct lighting
  • Creating 3 point and dome lighting rigs
  • Shadows and shadow theory
  • How to get the most from using shadows by adjusting their parameters
  • Using sky light and light tracer for external scenes
  • Colour light theory Using lights in mental ray
  • The daylight system Photorealistic lighting using global illumination and final gather in Mental Ray


  • General principles
  • Working with key-frames
  • Animating objects
  • Working with the track view editor
  • Animating an object with Autokey
  • Understanding animation controllers
  • Working with object hierarchies
  • Animating bipeds


  • Render Scene
  • Dialog Scene
  • States Batch Render

Scheduled 3ds Max/3ds Max Design Essentials courses (for individuals) are hosted in Central Birmingham in the Midlands.

On-demand 3ds Max Essentials courses (for your group) can be run on a date and at a location that suits you, which may be our training centre in Bromsgrove or your venue.

Additional information

- Delegates entitled to 30 days' after-course support from their trainer (by email).

-3ds Max professional certification exams available.