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Blender 3D Creation Suite – an Introduction

Blender gives you the freedom to create. If you wish to expand your portfolio, gain the competitive edge, or just explore Blender, then you're in the right place.

This introductory course will equip you with all the tools you need to conquer Blender and elevate your 3D design capabilities.

What you need to know

This course is 15 weeks long, and you can study in the summer term.

Summer term 2023

Tuesday 4 April – 11 July 2023, 18.00–21.00

£429

  • A notebook for writing down your goals and class notes.
  • A laptop, if you prefer to work on your own personal computer. Otherwise, you'll use a computer supplied by AUB.

Please note, if you choose to bring and work on your own laptop ensure you have downloaded and installed Blender before you arrive for your first session (current update version 3.3). Note the minimum operating system requirements.

Blender is free to download.

  • All software and course resources included in the course fee; Blender is a free software and you'll use AUB computers unless you wish to bring your own laptop.
  • Gain a comprehensive introduction to the user interface and navigation of Blender.
  • Develop your understanding of the possibilities in Blender as well as practical skills and knowledge to use in the real world.
  • Advance your problem-solving skills.
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your tutor at every turn.
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to develop yourself as a 3D artist.
  • Study alongside up to 14 like-minded students in a specialist drawing studio.

About this course

During this practical course you'll be introduced to the essential tools and techniques needed to broaden your skills and introduce you to the boundless possibilities and avenues that Blender offers the creative artist.

This fascinating software supports the entire process of 3D creation, including modelling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

This cutting-edge course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to Blender, where you'll explore a wide variety of topics. This includes understanding the user interface, navigation, topology, 3D mesh modelling, rigging and animation, drivers, constraints, modifiers, shaders and texturing, through to rendering in real time, AI tools, selling your 3D art and more.

Ideally you'll relish understanding the technical knowledge involved to comprehend the mechanics behind what you do. This is important as you gain a deeper understanding of the program, which shall assist you gaining the crucial problem-solving skills.

This course is structured in a way to give you the freedom to choose what you want to learn based on the concepts you’ve been taught. Sessions will include a range of demonstrations, practical tasks, examples, and background theory to help build your knowledge and allow you to continue creating beyond this course. Additionally, your tutor will help you set up an individual plan, to improve your skills and to assist you further after you’ve completed this 15-week course.

  • How to use Blender as a beginner without being overwhelmed.
  • Knowledge of different industries (Architecture, 3D Printing, Games, Metaverse, Beauty, etc.)
  • How to research and use references.
  • Mindset building and getting into the habit of creating.
  • Production pipelines and workflows.
  • Additional resources to texture and shade your models.
  • Modelling techniques (box modelling, polygon modelling, numbs and curves modelling, sculpting, boolean and modular modelling and more!)
  • How to utilise your new skills and advice on securing employment using Blender.

Your tutor, Domingo Botteram, possesses many years of experience in 3D modelling, environment modelling, prop modelling, building virtual spaces and general knowledge of Unreal Engine 5, Unity and other game engines. He'll welcome you to the extraordinary world of 3D, providing you with the practical knowledge needed and the theory behind it, to fully explore, experiment and advance your creativity and to shape your own projects.

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

There are no formal academic entry requirements for this course. It's aimed at students who have little or no previous experience of Blender or may have some experience and wish to consolidate their understanding.

Simply bring your enthusiasm and creative energy to shape your own projects! The most important aspect is to keep an open mind and have fun creating.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

What to bring

  • A notebook for writing down your goals and class notes.
  • A laptop, if you prefer to work on your own personal computer. Otherwise, you'll use a computer supplied by AUB.

Please note, if you choose to bring and work on your own laptop ensure you have downloaded and installed Blender before you arrive for your first session (current update version 3.3). Note the minimum operating system requirements.

Blender is free to download.

Additional resources

Any additional materials and resources not listed above will be provided by AUB.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk.

After this course you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity by applying what you've learnt to working in different mediums; explore our full range of 3D Design and Modelmaking courses to see where your creative journey will take you next.
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction.
  • Continue to develop your Blender skills at home as a hobby.

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses.
  • Your tutor, Domingo Botteram, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best.
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back.
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative.
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity.

Using Blender

On this course you'll learn how to efficiently and effectively navigate the Blender interface, and will test and hone your skills through various design projects. You'll develop skills that enable you to add texture and shade to your models, as well as understand how to choose complimentary colour palettes and apply them like a pro.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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FAQs

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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