3D Environmental Design


Faculty: Games
Duration: 10 Weeks
Delivery: Online
Levels: Diploma
Start Date: October 9th
Course Director: James Kilkenny Roddy
Fees: €600
Certification: Pulse College Certificate


This 10 week online 3D environmental design course suits experienced game artists looking to break into the 3D games industry or people who wish to learn about the 3D environment artist methods and workflow. Learn how to come up with concepts for a level, how to block the environment out, 3D modelling with effective shape design, how to make tileable materials, properly texture an asset, level build in Unreal Engine and add finishing touches like lighting and post processing details.

After 10 weeks students will be leaving with a full 3D sci-fi environment, started from scratch and presented to industry standards. Portfolio images displaying various 3D assets created throughout the course. Knowledge of the entire 3D artist workflow; referencing/ creating ideas, 3D modelling, texturing, level building in engine, lighting, post processing and theories on various industry tips, tricks and practices using the following software: 3DS Max, Pure Ref, Substance Painter, Substance Designer, Photoshop and Unreal Engine 4.

Week 1

Introduction classes

Week 2

Laying out a scene

Week 3-4

Modelling in 3DsMax

Week 4-5

Texturing in Substance

Week 6

“Hero” asset development

Week 7-8

Scene Lighting

Week 9

Game Engine and Post Processing

Week 10

Presenting Work


Kevin Adanan is currently lecturing at Pulse College and working as a 3D artist for Dimension 88 in Dublin. He has worked for numerous companies in the Irish 3D industry over the past 6 years. He has worked on published AAA and mobile game titles and in 3D medical anatomy. He is a Teesside University graduate and he specialises in 3D environment creation.

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This course is a direct application course. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will be in contact. No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications. If you wish to gain further insight into what this course has to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Start Date:

October 9th 2021
10 Week Course:
2:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Wednesdays


Required software list include :

  • 3DsMax
  • Substance painter/designer
  • Photoshop
Interview Process

There is no interview application for this course but we would be delighted to invite you in for a private tour of our campus; to meet our course lecturers and gain further insight into what our course has to offer.


Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

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**Please note: Fees are non-refundable

International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

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