I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 270
Course Name: 3D Illustration
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Identify the fundamental concepts and tools of 3D image making.
- Produce large-scale prints.
- Produce imagery using 3D rendering software.
- Identify and incorporate fundamental concepts of composition in the production of 3D renderings.
- Explain the basic visual elements that make up the composition of a picture and how these elements communicate to the viewer.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Fundamentals of 3D
- Moving objects in 3D space
- Size and scale
- Distance and depth
- 3D Modeling
- Hard Surface Modeling Techniques
- Organic Modeling Techniques
- Formal Organization
- Direct Input (Position, Rotation, Scale w/ units)
- Layers, Templates
- Materials and Textures
- Material Presets
- Procedural Textures
- Bitmap Textures
- UV Layout
- Surface Properties
- Lighting Techniques
- Studio Photography Lighting in 3D Software
- Natural/Daylight Lighting Systems
- Digital Cinematography
- Directing the Camera to Tell a Story
- Image formats
- Aspect Ratios
- Resolution requirements for large format printing
- Post-production/Finalizing imagery
VII. Methods of Instruction
This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands-on studio time in one of the College’s computer labs.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend and participate in classes and lab sessions
- Attend critiques with completed work
- Complete assigned artwork by due date
- Final exam
- Maintain professional attitude
IX. Instructional Materials
Flash drive, portable hard drive or a cloud storage service account
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights
- 3 Quizzes: 25%
- 3 Critiques: 25%
- Final exam: 25%
- Final critique: 25%
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.