A Guide To The World Of 3D Visualisation

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Our guides offer an in-depth look into niche vocations which are designed to help you think about careers in a broader sense. How can you plan or think about starting a career when you don’t know how much training is involved, how much you might earn or if this is even the right role for you?

This week we’re looking into the heady world of 3D visualisation and asking the important questions, so that you have the answers you need to decide whether or not this is a path that you should follow!

What is 3D Visualisation?

3D visualisations (3D renders as they’re sometimes known) is the term used to refer to any kind of computer generated imagery or graphic. This is a broad field of expertise and is utilised by a huge range of industries including: film, video games, art, architecture and technology, to name a few.

What kind of skills do I need to learn it?

3D visualisation requires skill, spatial awareness, a certain level of artistry, technical know-how and plenty of patience to master – this is by no means an easy skill to get to grips with. If you are a young artist who’s particularly talented, or you are familiar with coding or visual design and are eager to expand your technical prowess, then this is something that you could consider pursuing!

How and where can I get qualifications?

There are several universities that offer 3D Animation and Visualisation degree courses, however many of them require previous completion of 3D Computer Animation qualifications. You’re best chance is to start as early as possible, get working on your portfolio and understand that you’re in a very competitive field where you will be judged not just on the work that you produce, but also the speed at which you produce it.

How much money does a visualiser earn?

Visualisers charge a wide variety of rates for their work depending on the industry that they’re working and the level of detail required in the particular job. It’s possible to get very well-paid creating architectural 3D visualisations, video game studios and television production companies, but competition for these roles is high and the jobs themselves are also very demanding. Freelance visualisation is becoming increasingly popular, however it’s important to remember that any kind of freelance work requires

What equipment do I need?

One of the major barriers of entry for aspiring graphic visualisers is the cost of equipment and software. Although you can find open-source software to download for free, the best programs come at a cost (sometimes one-off or monthly). Unfortunately, to run any of this software to a high level you’ll need a high-powered computer which won’t come cheap. Although you may be able to find an older machine for a discount price, you should be careful not to hamper yourself with an under-powered machine.

What’s it like working as 3D visualiser?

Regardless of whether you’re working for a firm or for yourself, you’ll likely be working to tight deadlines, which could mean some late nights and weekends, depending on how fast you work. Just remember that the bigger your paycheck, the larger responsibility you’ll have and the more pressure you’ll be under.