Advanced 3D Modeling Course

Online ZBrush course to prepare you for a career as a 3D modeler for film and games

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Learn 3D modeling from industry pros

Get job-ready with expert career training in ZBrush and Houdini

Advance your 3D sculpting skills with an industry professional as your mentor. Learn complex digital sculpting and texturing techniques as you work with everything from hard surface modeling to character, creature and environment modeling. Graduate with critical job skills and a polished reel to show employers!

Why study 3D modeling at CG Spectrum:

  • Learn advanced skills studios are hiring for
  • Gain speed in Zbrush, Houdini, Maya & Substance Painter 
  • Additional career support to get you in front of employers
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes available (max 4 students)


Discover the best ZBrush, Maya, Houdini and Substance Painter techniques to speed up your workflow. Dive deeper into character, creature and environment modeling, and learn how to retopologize, texture, light and render models to studio standard.

Meet your mentor online for weekly classes, get personalized video critiques of your work, and 1-on-1 career support to get you ready to hit the ground running after graduation!


Industry Qualification


Study duration

9 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



3D Modeling Course or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

ZBrush, Maya, Houdini, Substance Painter

Start date

Jan 10, 2022

Why study with us

Learn 3D modeling from industry pros who have worked on major films and video games

Our expert-led digital sculpting programs prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Unleash your creative potential while building practical job skills studios are looking for.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked on major films and games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner


Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a 3D modeler

Term 1: 12 weeks
Advanced Character Modeling

Using human anatomy principles you'll jump right in to creating a character with believable form and proportions. Next, you'll learn how to retopologize your character to reduce poly-count and develop clean geometry while adding clothing, accessories and details to create a completely textured and rendered character for your portfolio.

  • How to gather reference to inform your models
  • Produce clean geometry
  • Create a fully rendered character
  • Deliver a character for film vs. game
  1. Character Sculpting
  2. Refining the Head
  3. Cloth in Houdini Part 1
  4. Cloth in Houdini Part 2
  5. Detailing Cloth
  6. Hard Surface Armor
  7. Retopology
  8. Character UVs
  9. Details and Displacement
  10. Character Texturing
  11. Accessory Texturing
  12. Materials and Final Presentation
Term 2: 12 weeks
Advanced Environment Modeling

Time to learn environment modeling for film and video games. Have a go at building your own digital scene. Create a base mesh using procedural techniques in Houdini to build your scene swiftly. Explore organic modeling by creating rocks, trees, and foliage and learn how to use them in your scene. Discover proper UV unwrapping techniques to texture large environments.

  • How to digitally sculpt immersive environments
  • Work effectively from a concept design
  • Add foreground and background details
  • Enhance your environment with lighting
  1. Introduction to Environment Sculpting
  2. Procedural Landscapes
  3. Rocks
  4. Creating Foreground Assets
  5. Modeling a Spaceship
  6. Texturing a Spaceship
  7. Foliage Part 1
  8. Foliage Part 2
  9. Vines and Ivy
  10. Refining Props and Adding Details
  11. Putting It All Together
  12. Final Tips and Tricks
Term 3: 12 weeks
Portfolio and Career Development

This final term is dedicated to getting you job-ready! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best 3D art for your portfolio and learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers. You'll also receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

  • How to polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Be more confident with negotiation
  • Network & self-promote effectively
  • Tap into the hidden job market 
  1. Career Pathways
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Portfolio Upgrade
  4. Networking and Online Presence
  5. Resume and Cover Letter
  6. Job Hunting
  7. Freelance Work
  8. Interviews and Pitching
  9. Personal Projects and Challenges
  10. Working in a Studio
  11. Contracts and Negotiations
  12. Personal Roadblocks

Have an experienced industry artist as your mentor!

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 3D modeling classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working on blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

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$3,199 USD

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$1,485 USD

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$3,999 USD

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Need help deciding?

If you're unsure which course or class option is right for you, just fill out an enquiry form, let us know what's on your mind, and our student admissions team will be happy to help. We look forward to getting you started on your journey and welcoming you to the vibrant and supportive CG Spectrum community!

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating.

Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.