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3D Studio Max: Lighting and Rendering
Course: CIS230DB

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T

Description: Emphasis on lighting and rendering for three-dimensional environments. Techniques for illuminating scenes and characters will be explored. Prepare scenes for rendering to video, film and real-time rendering using 3D Studio Max.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Apply lighting schemes to three-dimensional scenes. (I)
2. Apply a variety of shadow types within a scene. (II, III)
3. Simulate various natural and man-made lighting conditions. (III, IV)
4. Create rendered scenes for video, print, and film. (V, VI)
5. Create and edit multiple cameras within a scene. (V)
6. Create a staged scene, and set up different shots. (V)
7. Composite multiple rendering layers and passes. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Overview of Lighting Schemes and Principles
   A. 3-point lighting
   B. Angle of incidence
   C. Angel of reflection
II. Demonstrate Various Shadow Types
   A. Shadow maps
   B. Ray tracing
   C. Shadow quality, resolution, contrast, depth, and color
   D. Shadow illusion
III. Advanced Lighting Issues and Techniques I
   A. Soft vs. Hard
   B. Shadow projection
   C. Excluding objects
   D. Animated lights and attributes
IV. Advanced Lighting Issues and Techniques II
   A. Key/fill ratios
   B. Global Illumination
   C. Radiosity
   D. Caustics
V. Staging and Rendering Your Scene
   A. Camera shots and framing
   B. Motion blur and depth-of-field
   C. Exposure
   D. Rendering sequences
VI. Compositing and Output
   A. Rendering in Layers
   B. Rendering Passes
   C. Depth maps
   D. Camera matching
   E. Color and Lighting correction
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 12/9/2008

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