About us

Introduction to 3D Modeling

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring 3D modelers to experience the creation process of computer generated three dimensional models for the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.

Accredited. Trusted. Respected.

bceqa ptib cicic1 eduCanada

Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

Program Description

This online course is designed to enable aspiring modelers to learn the process of creating 3D computer models. Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply correct workflow methods to their own models. Students will learn the process of transitioning from drawn designs and photographic reference to modeling finished characters and props.

Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).

What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

Who should attend this program?

Beginners, Aspiring 3D modelers, people that like to sculpt and paint with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using computer software. Artists that like to design, create and have a wild imagination. Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done for animated movies, visual effects and video games.

Who is our target student?

Aspiring 3D modelers who are deeply passionate about generating computer generated imagery (CGI) for Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.  Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.

Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course Assignment workload
Maya for Modelers – Build a segmented character
15-20 hours
2 IN3DM-200 
Revolve a curve – Build a still life setup
15-20 hours
IN3DM-300 Low polygon segmented prop 15-20 hours
IN3DM-400 Low polygon character 15-20 hours

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.

Required Materials


  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection


  • Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software
  • Academic discounts are available to our students

Recommended Books

  • Albinus on Anatomy by Robert Hale and Terence Coyle
  • Anatomy for 3D Artists: The Essential Guide for CG Professionals By Chris Legaspi
  • Digital Modeling by William Vaughan
  • Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be By Terryl Whitlatch

Next Start Date:

Diploma Courses Start on July 9th, 2018 Application Deadline: 6.24.2018 23:59 33 Days

System Requirements

 microsoft windows xp  mac logo
Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

 maya logo  adobe creative cloud logo allegorithmic vanas
mudbox vanas zbrush vanas  

Your tuition is protected

BC Gov Logo

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

VANAS has equipped me with a strong understanding of my profession and has given me a good base to continue to work upon. The teachers were absolute gems and really pushed me when I needed it. I really enjoyed the fact that they are working professionals that gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence I needed for a continuously updating industry.

Connect with us

270-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC.
V5J 3J1, Canada

  • dummy+1 888-677-8827

  • dummy+1 (604) 612 1171

  • dummy info@vanas.ca


Get the latest news about webinars, scholarships, contests, etc.

Confirm Subscription