Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Work and experiment with shaders, lights, textures, masks in Maya
  • Render a project using render/image layers in Maya
  • Start developing their own visual style for a 3D project

Credits: 3

Schedule: 25.10.2021 - 29.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kai Lappalainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The workshop focuses on non-photorealistic rendering, not on realistic rendering.

    Tips and tricks and examples about shaders, textures, masks and lights will be presented.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Roughly (less than) two days of examples and hands-on, the rest of the time working on your own.
    To get full credits from the workshop student needs to develop a visual style and render (+ composite) an animated scene prepared by the teach

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The workshop has detailed lectures and examples of some selected techniques, lots of hands-on training and working on your own.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examples of different kinds of visual styles and shaders in animated films and Maya scenes.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    This workshop is ONLY FOR students who took the previous 3D Animation- course, and therefore have knowledge of working and shaders in Maya.    Sign-up in WebOodi one week before the course starts.