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3D Modelling & Animation Diploma

This page provides information for our 3D modelling and animation diploma. If you’re looking for our animation degree click here.

If you have a passion for 3D modelling and animation, then this course could give you the new skills to develop your existing career or help you take your first steps into a new career.

Using the same software and hardware that you can expect to use when you move into your first industry role, during the course you will produce highly finished, professional content that builds into a portfolio that will impress future employers.

You will learn how to model complex objects, using techniques such as unwrapping and texturing, while developing high quality 3D assets. With these assets and newly developed skills, you can create an eye catching and professional looking portfolio geared towards what you want to be your career path within the industry.

It is a 42 week intensive course that will give you the opportunity to learn from a seasoned industry practitioner. The tutor on this course has a passion for 3D graphics, graphic design, animation and an enthusiasm for passing on his wealth of knowledge to a new generation of artists, designers and animators.



This is a course that is ideal for students that may already work in a design related field, but have an interest in developing their 3D, design and/or animations skills.

Designers, architects, product designers or people working in other forms of visual design will be able to use the skills gained on this course to improve employability while supplementing their existing knowledge.

The course is also perfect for anyone who is keen to make a start in the 3D modelling and animation industry as it assumes no prior knowledge and will take you from the basics to advanced techniques quickly and efficiently.



This diploma will give you the essential skills needed for a career in 3D modelling and animation, working within traditional 3D design areas such as television graphics, game design and visual effects. However, as 3D design becomes more prevalent across an ever widening spectrum of industries, the course will equip you with the transferable skills to take advantage of many opportunities within the creative sector.

Course Fees

The course fee is £5,500.

You can pay in a single payment or by 11 monthly instalments of £500.


Funding for Diploma Courses

Funding a diploma or foundation course at Futureworks is different from funding for degree courses, and students are required to find their own funding – for this reason we offer a number of payment plans via Direct Debit. You might choose to pay for your fees in full at the beginning of the course, or perhaps make yearly payments. You may wish to make manageable monthly instalments, or even a combination of the above.

We recognise that funding your course can be a complex matter, and we would recommend that you discuss your finance options with a member of our Admissions Team on 0161 214 4602 to discuss the options available to you. Alternatively you can email them here:


AWARD: Futureworks Diploma in 3D Modelling & Animation

DURATION: 1 Year (Part Time)

TIME: 7pm to 10pm – 2 days per week



3D Modelling using Autodesk Maya

Fundamental Modelling Practices

Texturing and Materials

Lighting theory and application

Asset Rigging

Architectural Visualization

Realistic Product Modelling


Motion Graphics

Video Editing

VFX – Composite and Plates

Rendering Essentials

Useful Info


You will also be taught in our purpose-built computer labs, with a fully loaded workstation for each student. You’ll also have access to our drop-in computer areas, for when you need to work on projects outside of lessons. If you need to take some time out, you can chill in the Futureworks lounge, or head to one of Manchester’s many eating and drinking venues.



You will take part in a mix of informative lectures and workshops combined with both guided and independent practical activity. There is a major focus on practical projects based around “live” briefs.



All Futureworks tutors are experienced professionals. As well as your main tutors, you may have lectures and workshops from carefully chosen visiting tutors with specialisms in certain techniques.



Assessment comprises a series of real-world projects, which are marked according to industry expectations.



Successful graduates will achieve a Futureworks Diploma in 3D Modelling & Animation. You will also leave with a competent portfolio to enable you to take the next step in your career or education.