View Full Version : free lightwave introduction course at people's college notts u.k

02-27-2004, 02:56 PM
This will commence on tuesday 16 march 2004 for 8 sessions to be run every tuesday from 9:30am to 4 pm and is free
[ although there is requirment for a 20 returnable deposit to ensure student attendance on the course]

if you want to learn lightwave from scratch this is your chance to get aquainted with it and have some fun along the way too.
there will be some free lightwave discovery edition discs available as well so you can practice at home in addition to
learning at the college.

mctd website:

apply online here:

lightwave course overview:

week1 lightwave 3d [intro to modeler-house/dinosaur]

week2 lightwave 3d [dinosaur/head modeling]

week3 lightwave 3d [head modeling-spinshift-]

week4 lightwave 3d [introduction to layout]

week5 lightwave 3d [morph maps...product modeling/texturing]

week6 lightwave 3d [surfacing]

week7 lightwave 3d [layout-posing characters/props in scene]

week8 lightwave 3d [lighting/rendering]

this is an introduction course so anytone who has an interest in 3d will not be swamped
with learning advanced parts of lightwave, this module is to broarden your knowledge
of 3d and how different 3d applications handle compared to what you MAY know already with
your experience of 3ds max if your a current student at people's college nottinham u.k.

you do not have to be an accomplished max or 3d user to do this introduction course.

I will also spend an hour showing you wings 3d nr the end of the course to enhance
you knowledge of 3d apps further as well.

we will also touch upon photoshop to a small degree for mapping and tweeking renders.

stephen gilbert
mobile number: 07941 765 848


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02-27-2004, 03:04 PM
in the not too distant future this course will be available as a "distance learning course" as well so everyone can get a step up into the great world of lightwave.

02-27-2004, 10:46 PM
hey thats real interesting to know cresshead

I could ve done with such an intro course back in 1998 when I started using lw.

I too work in the uk, and have had a horrible time trying to get colleges or anyone else to learn/start using lw.

everyone in the uk seems to use 3dmax, like its a hangover that wont go away.

In fact you are the first ive heard of (teaching lw at a coll/uni)
The nearest I ever got was when I was the film studies tutor at York tech college, so I had some autonomy (I was the only film studies tutor!) and I spent most of my time gently drifting towards cg in film so I could pull up lightwave on the laptop.Yorks graphics dept had 1 copy of 3dmax 3, and hundreds of student laserprints of various takes on a coloured sphere.

good luck hope you get many takers

(bet youd like to show em fprime too)

03-03-2004, 05:27 AM
I hope to have enough discovery cd's so that each student can take one home to install and get used to lightwave as well as the time they spend in class with the app.

some of my students have also setup a web based forum here:

www.rendermehappy.co.uk where they can discuss 3d, the courses and any problems etc.

i also post some module notes and various details.

as you can see we run various courses inc a generalised intro 3d course which is mainly on max/gmax as well as spacialised modules for advanced users with max, combustion, premiere and of course lightwave.

steve g

03-03-2004, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by cresshead
in the not too distant future this course will be available as a "distance learning course" as well so everyone can get a step up into the great world of lightwave.

Given that I live in St Helens, that would be useful - I spend enough time on the road as it is ;)
Nice to see summat goin' on in the UK for a change, and North of London too! :p

03-03-2004, 12:03 PM
Yeah...ive been looking for a degree course in the uk for animation...Ive been advised that animation courses are masters only and it will be a 7 year course!!!!

Is there a full time course at nottingham?

Im looking to move back to the mainland some time soon and im not fussed where I live.

would love to know.

Rob T

03-03-2004, 12:11 PM
Wow, never thought I'd wish I lived in the U.K.! :)

03-03-2004, 03:20 PM
Interesting, I'd do distance learning if it covered topics for people experienced already, for example as a hard edge modeller, organic/character modelling & animation would be of HUGE interest to me.


03-03-2004, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by wingwalker
Yeah...ive been looking for a degree course in the uk for animation...Ive been advised that animation courses are masters only and it will be a 7 year course!!!!

Rob T

Nah! That's a load of old tosh. There's loads of CG and non-CG animation courses all over the UK, and that was when I was looking almost 7 years ago.... has it been that long! :(

Off the top of my head, I believe there's Bournemouth, Leeds, Cardiff, Dublin, Wolverhamton aswell as SouthBank University (London), all have CG animation HND/Degrees of one kind or another.

I'm sure there's loads more now, but that's the main ones I can remember.

note: I should point out that when I was looking into it back then, that both Cardiff(I think..) and South Bank taught Lightwave.... but that was a while back.

03-04-2004, 01:35 AM

03-04-2004, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by omeone

I believe it was a course closely assosciated with Don Bluths studio in Dublin. As I said, it was a while ago and quite possibly the course might have dissapeared along with Don Bluths' studio (IIRC).
However, a quick google brought up this HND course in Dublin:


03-04-2004, 04:28 PM
Cheers Mattoo, looks interesting - Ive had a few half-hearted searches before, never came accross that.

As for Sullivan / Don Bluth, no I dont think so - though I was too young to remember, the general feeling that I get now was that Irish people were very sore at them for importing almost 100% of the animators or any of the skilled jobs, and not providing any training or mentoring at all, it could be that Ive just heard one side of the story, of course.

03-04-2004, 04:38 PM
Well, I'm certain there was a course related to Bluth and Disney quite closely. Much like you now, at the time I was half heartedly looking into it (much too old now for all that) and I read about the course in an Amiga magazine I think.
The way they made it sound was that it was one of the top places to learn from in Europe.

I think you're mostly right about Bluth bringing most of the talent in from the States, I just skim read an article about it. Apparently the Irish goverment gave them a big fat grant and lots of tax breaks to transplant themselves from the US..... :rolleyes: :(

03-04-2004, 07:23 PM
Oh how I wish I lived in the UK..... Goodluck with your class Cresshead.

03-05-2004, 04:36 AM

i ran one last summer..this time i've extended it from 8 weeks[ 8 x 6 hour days] to 10 weeks so i can incorporate some other stuff as well and not rush things like saslite and morphs.

as i said it's an intro class so max users and novices can come along to see what lightwave is about.