Autodesk 3ds Max Essentials - live online training

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Professional Training
3 days
395 GBP excl. VAT
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Professional Training
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Online courses
395 GBP

Online courses
395 GBP

Online courses
395 GBP

Course description

Autodesk 3ds Max Essentials - Beginners Live Online Training

3ds Max Essentials -Autodesk-accredited live online 3-day training course for beginners. Online training lets you join a live training course from your place of work or home.

This three-day 3ds Max Essentials course provides an ideal starter for users of 3ds Max from all industries and backgrounds. Delegates are introduced to the basic principles, features and functionality of 3ds Max, and then taught the key techniques & theory needed to use the applications effectively.

This short and intensive course has a strong focus on hands-on exercises that are generic; relevant to all industries.

Our approach to live online 3ds Max training

When you attend our live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.  We endeavor to make your experience as close as is possible to actually being in the classroom…

You can:  

  • See and hear our trainer and other virtual delegates participating in the training.
  • Allow our trainer and the other virtual delegates to see and hear you (if you have a webcam, and you’re agreeable).
  • Share your screen with our trainer to show them what you’re seeing.
  • The training will follow the same syllabus, and will be hosted by the same Autodesk Certified Instructors (ACIs), as our classroom-based courses.
  • We’ll post you a training guide, and send you all the information you need to participate in the training.
  • You’ll carry out exercises using 3ds Max for the duration, assisted by our trainer. 
  • If you don’t have access to 3ds Max, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You'll receive an e-certificate from Autodesk confirming successful completion of an accredited course, and be entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

Armada is an authorised Autodesk Training Centre (ATC)and courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors (ACI's) with extensive knowledge of using 3ds Max in industry.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This 3ds Max Essentials course is ideal for new users or 3ds Max from all industries, including:

  • Architects, interior designers and engineers.
  • Game developers.
  • Artists and animators who product film and video content.

Online delegates must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Windows. They need access to a Windows computer, running 3ds Max, to use throughout the course.

If 3ds Max is not installed on the computer, Armada can provide details of free trial software to download prior to the course commencing. 

No previous experience of CAD or 3D rendering is required.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Autodesk e-certificate

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and this 3ds Max Essentialst raining course is accredited by Autodesk.

Delegates receive an industry recognised e-certificate from Autodesk to confirm they have attended and successfully completed an accredited 3ds Max training course.

3ds Max Design Essentials course information

Training is based primarily on 3ds Max 2023, running on Windows.

The techniques taught are relevant to all recent versions of the application (from 2018 onwards).

Training Course Content

The course is generally structured as follows:


  • Understanding the 3D environment

User Interface

  • Touring the interace
  • Viewports
  • Command panels
  • Other UI elements

File I/O

  • Starting a project
  • Saving files
  • Hold/fetch
  • Merging files
  • Import/export
  • File linking

Getting Started

  • Setting preferences correctly
  • Object creation
  • Object selection
  • Scene management

Transforming Objects

  • Transform tools
  • Coordinate systems
  • Snaps
  • Align tools
  • Making duplicates
  • Other transforms

Modifying Objects

  • Basic concepts
  • Modifier examples


  • Modelling with 3D geometry
  • AEC techniques
  • Spline theory
  • Creating and editing 2D spline shapes
  • Create 3D objects from 2D shapes
  • Working with splines
  • Using shape modifiers
  • Using lofts
  • Creating multiple model concepts from one idea
  • Polygon theory
  • Creating and editing 3D polygon objects
  • Add detail to the building concept lab

Materials and Mapping

  • The principles of materials and surfaces
  • Introduction to the materials editor
  • Different types of material
  • Applying materials
  • Using 2D maps
  • Introduction to UVW mapping
  • Editing UVW map coordinates
  • Applying materials and maps
  • Introduction to mental ray materials
  • Applying and editing mental ray materials
  • Applying mental ray materials


  • Camera nd
  • The nd
  • Camera paths


  • Introduction to direct lighting
  • Creating 3 point and dome lighting rigs
  • Shadows and shadow theory
  • How to get the most from using shadows by adjusting their parameters
  • Using sky light and light tracer for external scenes
  • Colour light theory
  • Using lights in mental ray
  • The daylight system
  • Photorealistic lighting using global illumination and final gather in mental ray


  • General principles
  • Working with key-frames
  • Animating objects
  • Working with the track view editor
  • Animating an object with Autokey
  • Understanding animation controllers
  • Working with object heirachies
  • Animating bipeds


  • Render scene dialog
  • Scene state
  • Batch reminder

Why choose Armada

4.9 stars Google Review rating

Over 96% delegate experience rating on our Autodesk courses in 2021

5 locations across UK and live online courses


Course fees are inclusive of a comprehensive training guide, and all other course materials.

Discounts available for multiple bookings. Delegates are also entitled to 30 days' after-course support via email.

In-house training

Armada can also provide on-request 3ds Max training, either one-to-one or exclusively for your group. This can be hosted remotely, or at Armada's training centres in Bromsgrove (near Birmingham), Bristol, Cardiff, Reading, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

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About provider

We specialise in: CAD design training. Our expert trainers cover the most popular CAD applications including AutoCAD, Revit, Fusion 360, SketchUp, 3ds Max, used across all industries - architecture, engineering, interior design and others. Creative, video and animation training -...

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6 West Court, Saxon Business Park
B60 4AD Bromsgrove, Birmingham

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Average rating 5

Based on 4 reviews.

Adjuah E
Overall a very good course and it will help me move on and develop my skills further.
Reggie J
Excellent course, would love to continue to learn more with this software now!
Adjuah E
Overall a very good course and it will help me move on and develop my skills further.
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