Short course



ScreenSkills Digital Effects: VFX, Graphics and Titles Training in association with NFTS Scotland

This training programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led body for the UK’s screen industries.

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place
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Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite.

It supports the entirety of the 3D production pipeline; modelling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.

This introductory course teaches participants the basics of how to create 3D models, apply textures/shaders arrange these elements in a scene and approach rendering and compositing within Blender. These skills can then be built upon and applied to a wide variety of visual effects in film, television and freelance content creation.

The course covers

An introduction to the user interface in Blender 2.9  
The basics of 3D modelling
Scene arrangement and organisation
The basics of texturing and shaders (object materials) 
The basics of rendering in Blender 
Applying everything so far with camera path tracking to ‘ground’ a 3D model in a provided shot

This course is suitable for participants interested in a career in visual and/or digital effects, or are at an early stage in their career and are new to Blender.

This is an introductory session and is intended to help kick-start an existing interest in learning Blender for those with no (or minimal) prior knowledge. Additional curated third-party materials will be listed and recommended to further your skills both between sessions and after completion.

About the tutor
The course is run by Fraser Dougan, who has many years of experience lecturing and working across 3D Architectural Visualisation, 3D for engineering, design and manufacturing as well as 3D production for games and immersive systems. Establishing a strong understanding of 3D production toolsets, purposes and specialisms across multiple industries. Currently Fraser is a Lecturer in Immersive Systems at The Glasgow School of Art at the School of Simulation and Visualisation.

About ScreenSkills
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £150

As this course fee is supported by ScreenSkills, additional bursaries are not available for this course. 


How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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