Term 4 – Intro to 3D Modeling


Course Number:  IA104
Course Title:  Intro to 3D
Instructor: Scott Ryan

Contact Information: sryan@platt.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Prerequisite: None
Units: 4.5

Software:  Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects
Downloads:  Visit Autodesk.com for a free educational version of Maya.

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to 3D and 3D applications, techniques, and theory with an emphasis on Autodesk’s MAYA. You will learn and practice the fundamental methods of modeling, texturing, and animation. Asset modeling and texturing, basics of animation,  and turntable production are highlights of this course.

Instruction Method: Lecture, lessons, in-class presentations, class discussion, and possible CD or video demonstrations.

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who may need Accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Director of Education (619)265-0107×40 early in the semester, so Accommodations can be made as soon as possible. Platt is committed to do everything possible to make all reasonable Accommodations.

Attendance: As a common and professional courtesy, please advise me in advance when you will miss a class, please email me at sryan@platt.edu if you will be either late or missing class for whatever reason. Platt’s attendance policy is to drop students after three misses automatically. I will strictly adhere to this policy. Class begins promptly at 6:00pm and continues until 10:00pm. Anyone arriving after 6:00pm or leaving before 10:00 P.M. will be considered tardy. Four unexcused tardies will be considered a missed class. Attendance will be considered greatly in terms of class participation grading. Students are responsible for obtaining any and all missed materials in case of an absence. Absences may be made up based upon instructor’s discretion.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting work – either written or spoken – that is not your own. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, not properly citing others’ work, or using someone else’s writing. Platt College and this instructor will not tolerate plagiarism of any sort and the penalty will be automatic failure of this course and potential dismissal from the college.

Class Expectations: All students will be treated fairly and with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated. If these expectations are violated, the violator will be appropriately disciplined, which may include: a verbal warning, class suspension, expulsion from the class, and expulsion from the college.

Class Participation: Participation in this class is required in a variety of ways. Attendance to each class session is extremely important. Every student is expected to participate in a variety of ways including: class discussions, feedback after each student’s speech, listening and staying engaged during each class period, speaking at scheduled times, and of course physical presence.

Platt Grading Scale:

Grade Percentage
A 90%-100%
B 80%-89%
C 70%-79%
D 60%-69%
Fail Below 60%

Downloading Maya for use at home is not just a recommendation. The projects can get quite involved and if you want good results you should spend at least as much time on them at home as you do in class.

All projects will be due at the time clearly stated by the instructor, all late projects will be dropped a full grade.


Day 1. Introductions, projects overview, Interface // Components
Day 2. Extrude/Insert Edge Loop
Day 3. 1 image Plane // Concept and planning
Day 4. Turn in concepts, append, bridge, bevel, apply to AK47 // Combine, merge
Day 5. 2 Image Planes // Intro to Texturing
Day 6. UV  and texturing Nascar and Wheels//Project 1 Start/ Quiz 1 Review
Day 7. Quiz 1 / Project 1 work day
Day 8. Project 1 work day
Day 9. Project 1 work day
Day 10. Project 1 work day
Day 11. Project 1 Due/
Day 12. Project 2 Start / Quiz 2 Review
Day 13. Quiz 2 / Worktime Project 2
Day 14. Worktime Project 2
Day 15. Worktime Project 2
Day 16. Worktime Project 2
Day 17. Project 2 Due
Day 18. Intro to lighting/rendering // Intro to Animation
Day 19. Turntable, batch render, After Efects
Day 20. Project 3 Start
Day 21. Worktime Project 3; PDF Due by end of class
Day 22. Worktime Project 3
Day 23. Review for Final / Worktime Project 3
Day 24. Project 3 Due
Day 25. Final