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MACA 2520 - 3D Modeling & Rendering

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 2510 

MACA 2520 expands on modeling and rendering concepts taught in MACA 2510. Students gain a deeper understanding of the hows, whys, and whens of creating 3D models for animating, texturing, and rendering.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to model high resolution polygon models.


  1. Create rough polygon models.
  2. Refine rough models into highly detailed models.
  3. Work efficiently with proxy models.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to configure UV’s for their polygon models.


  1. Use the projection mapping tools to layout basic UV’s.
  2. Use the UV texture editor to refine UV’s.
  3. Create multiple UV sets to control texture placement.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use polygon tools.


  1. Create primitive polygon objects.
  2. Add additional divisions to polygon objects.
  3. Clean-up topology of polygon models.
  4. Mirror polygon objects.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create basic shading networks.


  1. Create shading groups dependent upon the type of material desired.
  2. Add 2d and 3d texture nodes to materials.
  3. Use utility nodes to better control the 2d and 3d textures.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to customize the interface.


  1. Create custom shortcut keys.
  2. Create custom marking menus.
  3. Backup and restore interface items.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to add customized lighting.


  1. Create a multitude of lights.
  2. Adjust controls of lights to gain appearance desired.
  3. Define shadow properties.
  4. Apply textures and advanced properties to control the lighting appearance.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Introduction to basic layout for creating quality modeling/rendering
  2. Advanced modeling concepts for creating a photorealistic scene
  3. Advanced texturing concepts for creating a photorealistic scent
  4. Utilizing render layers and compositing
  5. Modeling hard and soft surfaces
  6. Texturing hard and soft surfaces

Primary Faculty
Sarcona, Shaun
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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