3DS Max for Architects and Interior Designers ETC Computer Courses
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Course details

In this course, students learn how to use 3D Studio max to model, apply material, add lights and cameras, render still images and animate architectural or interior scenes. Scenes could be imported from AutoCAD as 3D or as 2D and fully modeled in Max.

Although this course is titled for architects and interior designers, it actually provides the fundamental knowledge for anyone who wishes to use 3DS Max. The end of the course focuses on the architect and interior aspect of the software.


  • In this course, participants learn how to:
  • Use the Interface
  • Use Selection and Transformation Tools
  • Create and Modify Mesh Objects
  • Create and Modify Poly Objects
  • Import AutoCAD 2D Files and Model in Max
  • Organize AutoCAD Files Using Layers and Plines
  • Import Plines from AutoCAD Files to Create 3D Objects in Max
  • Use Standard Lights
  • Create a Night View Using Photomatric Lights
  • Create Daylight Systems
  • Add and Modify Cameras
  • Create a Basic Animation
  • Create, Get, Modify, and Save Materials
  • Import a 3D Hut from AutoCAD to Assign Materials, Add Backgrounds, and Render
  • Import a 3D House from AutoCAD to Assign Materials, Add Trees, Insert Cars, and Create a Walkthrough


  • Architects, interior designers, decorators, graphic designers, artists, animators, TV graphic designers, art directors and anyone who is interested in creating 3D presentations. This course provides the base knowledge for higher level courses such as V-Ray, Max Modeling, Max Animation, Lighting, Lumion, etc.


  • AutoCAD 2D and Photoshop are essentials if you want to gain proficiency in architectural modeling and rendering. During this course, you will use readymade AutoCAD files to model in Max. You may learn AutoCAD 2D and Photoshop in parallel with this course or later on.


  • The Interface
  • Selection and Transformation Tools
  • Mirroring, Aligning, Grouping, and Cloning Objects
  • Creating Precise Basic Architectural Objects
  • Creating a Restaurant Scene
  • Introduction to Lighting, Cameras, and Animation
  • Introduction to Mesh Objects
  • Modeling Using Mesh Objects
  • Poly Objects
  • Shapes
  • Using Shapes to Create 3D Objects
  • Creating a Wrought Iron Dining Table
  • Importing 2D Plans from AutoCAD and Modeling in 3DS Max
  • Importing AutoCAD Polylines to Model a House in 3DS Max
  • Introduction to Animation
  • Standard Lights
  • The Standard Lighting System
  • The Daylight System
  • Night View
  • Standard Material
  • UVW Maps
  • Rendering a Hut Imported from AutoCAD
  • Rendering a Large House Imported from AutoCAD
  • Walkthroughs

About ETC Computer Courses

ETC was established in February 2005 by Mr. Naji Sfeir, author, engineer and experienced professor. Mr. Sfeir teaches computer graphics at ALBA, AUB, LAU, and NDU Universities. In 1987, he graduated from The Ohio State University as an industrial and systems engineer. He is currently an Autodesk, an Adobe and a V-Ray certified instructor.

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