Course Title: Design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5384 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

Course Title: Design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Nat Bates

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3326

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment using complex topology, specified geometry surfaces, and advanced model builds.

You will be able to:

  • research and build a portfolio of reference material
  • prepare a topology plan for a 3-D model design using:
  • appropriate industry terminology
  • appropriate geometry surfaces
  • concept development software
  • feedback from others to refine the plan
  • use software to construct an advanced 3-D model according to plan, and use feedback from others to refine the model.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICTGAM514 Design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment


1. Design and plan a 3-D model

2. Use suitable geometry surface for models

3. Analyse the resource material to construct and apply a suitable topology

4. Construct a 3-D model

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will able to effectively:

  • outline methods of sourcing reference material

summarise the key aspects of a modelling plan

  • discuss geometry surfaces, including:
  • Sub-D
  • Polygon
  • T-splines
  • explain the digital model development process
  • explain the technology requirements and human resources required to create 3-D models, and their respective skills
  • explain box, edge-loop and patch modelling
  • summarise the capabilities and constraints of 3-D modelling packages
  • outline why it is important to schedule each production component
  • explain features of topology plans
  • discuss the uses of storyboards and scripts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.