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Unit Overview


The world of visualisation is changing rapidly. New rendering engines and methods are being developed constantly. This unit explores the use of Photorealism in the Autodesk 3D Studio Max environment predominantly using VRay, a dedicated physics-based rendering engine. Students are introduced to real world lighting, materials and effects, as well as 3D modelling techniques from the micro to the macro.

The unit runs in two parts. Part 1 (five weeks) looks at high end single frame high resolution rendering and post production for printing images. Part 2 (seven weeks) looks at high definition rendering for the purposes of animation. A single virtual model is used through the course of the semester, developing more detail each week. Students aim to reproduce real world lighting and materials in a simulated digital environment which enables them to create design proposals that specifically utilise the lighting and material conditions of the project.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to understand, manipulate and change the physics of materials, light and colour, as well as camera settings in the 3Dmax platform to create spatial and environmental effects within simulated architectural spaces and scenes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment one—still frame rendering for print and (2) assignment two—photo real animation production. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dev Mawjee
Contact hours
workshops: 3 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.