What is 3D? And what are the different applications of 3D?

3D is a term used for describing software that can create 3 dimensional imagery in animations that has now become very popular especially with block buster movies such as Toy Story, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, Spiderman and many others. 3D is also used to describe the effect you see in the IMAX screens made popular with the movie Avatar.

3D content is also used in the video game industry such as Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo consoles to name a few. Architectural companies use the term 3D to describe 3D visualizations and fly throughs of client homes.

3D content is created with a computer and software such as 3ds Max, Maya, Revit and AutoCAD. The final animations (movie files) can be transferred from the computer to other mediums such as film, video tape, CD's, DVD's and can also be published on the internet. The still images can be printed for magazines and physical models can be produced using a 3D printer.

What is the growth potential of this 3D industry?

While 3D Animation, Design and Visualization may be new to some industries the future has unlimited growth for those skilled in today’s hottest software packages like Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, AutoCAD and Inventor.

If you are interested in working in the Entertainment Industry for movies and TV, then the future looks very bright especially with Avatar making history by grossing over $1 billion in just one month, big studios are releasing more and more 3D movies each year. In the movie and television industry Maya is very popular, although some studios use 3ds Max as well. For those of you who are interested in gaming, the MARKET is huge. It has actually overtaken the movie industry in terms of the revenue it generates with the Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and the online games such as the World of Warcraft.

For the gaming industry, we would recommend 3ds Max (again some studios use Maya as well and at the end of the day it’s not the software you learn that is very important, it’s really the quality of work you can produce.) In architecture, software like AutoCAD is still popular with many architectural firms and they also use 3DS Max for design visualizations (walkthrough & fly-through), but BIM (Building Information Modeling) is now becoming an industry standard and more and more firms are now using Revit to meet their BIM requirements to remain competitive in the MARKET today.

The actual growth of the 3D CAD market, (Computer Aided Design for architecture and engineering applications) is expected to exceed $7 billion in 2011 and will continue to grow rapidly at the rate of 15% each year quoted by the John Peddie Asscociation. Other areas to look out for is the new technologies and emerging markets for 3D applications used in medical, legal, corporate presentations and the web industry.

Another high growth area is content creation for cell phones and mobile devices such as the Ipad. In conclusion, the 3D industry is booming and some people say this is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you gain proficiency with the 3D software, you will have lots of creative choices for work and even business possibilities for those of you who are entrepreneurial in nature.

What do companies look for when hiring 3D talent and how much can I expect to earn?

Since you get hired not based on your degree or diploma but on your demo reel/portfolio you can get started in this field within a few months instead of years like other professions and increase your income by gathering more and more work experience. Earnings can vary according to industry demand and area of specialization and can range anywhere from $40K+ starting salary to over six figures. Entry level freelance talent can expect to earn around $ 150-200 per day, professionals with 3-5 years of experience can earn around $300-500 + per day. Experts who specialize in particular aspects of animation earn $750 - $1200 + per day.

What are benefits of working in the 3D Industry?

The benefits of choosing 3D as a career or profession are numerous. To begin with you are working in a highly creative environment using cutting edge software and hardware technologies. 3D professionals are treated very well in industries such as movies, television, and architectural fields, especially if you are good at your work. You have the freedom to WORK FROM anywhere, as long as you have a powerful laptop, software and high speed internet access. For those interested in the movie industry, or video gaming seeing your name on the credits can be very rewarding. Once you have acquired professional work experience you can easily START YOUR OWN BUSINESS with very minimal investment, and undertake projects through the web from any part of the world.

What is the work environment and what do companies and clients expect?

3D animation is a creative, high-tech profession. The work environment is usually casual and flexible to best accommodate the preferences of individual designers. Animation studios usually take excellent care of their creative talent.

As an animator you have the flexibility of either working on a full-time basis or on a freelance/per-project basis. Many animators prefer to freelance and select the projects they like and work with several companies concurrently. Some animators prefer to work from a home-based studio, create a web site to promote their work and deliver their completed files to clients via the internet.

Do I need programming skills to learn 3D?

Not at all. 3D animation programs are user-friendly applications that resemble programs like Word, Paint, PowerPoint, Flash or Photoshop but are much more complex. The applications use the familiar mouse/windows/icons interface-just click and create.

Do I need to be an artist?

It depends on which specific area of 3D you want to focus on. In some areas of specialization prior artistic skills are very important, and in others they are not. The 3D animation software is so advanced today that it also provides tools and libraries of 3D models, textures, and animation files and with some experience you can create stunning scenes and images. We have people from all walks of life taking our courses. Our students are a diverse group; we have accountants, programmers, sales people, researchers, architects, engineers and even people holding doctorate degrees, who either want to use 3D in their existing profession or want a change in their careers.

Which of the 3DTi programs are right for me?

3D Training's most popular course is the 12-Week 3D Project Based Course which is an intermediate level program. In order to attend this program you would need to submit 3 still rendered images of your most current work.

We offer beginners or the hobbyist a 4 Week 3D Foundation Workshop which provides students with the fundamental core animation skills necessary to effectively participate in the 3D Project Based Program. During this four week program you will learn how to model, texture, use lights and cameras to create an architectural walk-through project. This class is for those that have no experience with any 3D Software.

For more detailed information on the courses here at including course pricing and start dates, fill out our inquiry form. We also highly recommend that you schedule yourself for our one-hour FREE online intro class to see how our courses are conducted. We will also provide you with a FREE Starter Pack which includes software and project tutorials to get you started learning 3D right away.