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 blockbuster 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, videotape, 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 television, the future looks bright especially with Avatar making history by grossing over $1 billion in just one month. Large studios are releasing more and more 3D movies each year. In the movie and television industry, Maya is a popular choice and some studios use 3ds Max as well. For those of you who are interested in gaming, the market is huge. It has overtaken the movie industry in terms of the revenue it generates with consoles like Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, and online games such as World of Warcraft.

For the gaming industry, we recommend 3ds Max. Some studios use Maya, but it’s not solely about the software you learn that is important, it’s the quality of work you can produce.

In architecture, software like AutoCAD are still popular options with many architectural firms. 3ds Max is also an option for those interested in design visualizations (walkthroughs and flythroughs). Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an industry standard that more and more firms are now using. Revit meets BIM requirements to remain competitive in the market today.

What do companies look for when hiring 3D talent?

In this industry, companies often hire based on your demo reel or portfolio and experience over a degree or diploma. This gives 3D talent the opportunity to get into this field within months instead of years.

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. You have the freedom to work from anywhere, as long as you have a computer and high-speed internet access. For those interested in the movie or gaming industry, seeing your name on the credits can be very rewarding. Once you acquire professional work experience, you can start your own business with 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 as a freelancer/per-project basis. Many animators prefer to freelance and select the projects they like allowing them to work with several companies concurrently. Some animators prefer to work from a home-based studio where they create a website to promote their work and deliver their completed files to clients via the internet.

Do I need programming skills to learn 3D?

No. 3D animation programs are user-friendly applications that resemble programs like Word, Paint, PowerPoint, Flash, or Photoshop but are more complex. The applications use the familiar mouse/windows/icons interface-just click and create.

Do I need to be an artist?

Prior artistic skills are needed in some areas of specialization, and with others, they are not. 3D animation software is advanced, but it provides tools and libraries of 3D models, textures, and animation files. With training, you can create stunning scenes and images. We've had students from all walks of life who take our courses. For example, accountants, programmers, salespeople, researchers, architects, engineers, stay-at-home parents, plumbers, and doctorate holders have taken our programs. Our diverse students join wanting to use 3D in their current profession, to change their current career, or to achieve a goal.

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