• Duration

    12 Weeks

  • Class fee

    R16,500

  • Starts

    25 July 2022

About this course

What does the virtual future look like for designers, artists and the creative industry at large? Look no further than the Metaverse: a computer-generated environment where you can design and own digital ‘real estate’, populate this virtual environment with avatars, including your digital ‘self’, and where you can commercialise your unique creations as non-fungible tokens or NFTs. No longer is the Metaverse a science-fictional construct. No longer is the Metaverse reserved for gaming enthusiasts. The Metaverse is real and it is here to stay. This course will equip you with the skills required to design virtual environments, assets and avatars, and to create a unique collection of digital artworks that.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Navigate the Metaverse, equipped with knowledge about virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.
  • Design a standalone 3D scene – using Unreal Engine – and populate this scene with a 3D asset designed in Blender.
  • Using Blender, design an avatar/character to populate a standalone 3D environment in Unreal Engine.
  • Design a unique collection of digital art, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Commercialise your digital artworks as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the Metaverse.

This course is perfect for:

  • People who are keen to apply design thinking to services
  • People who want to be able to identify and solve real problems for customers
  • Anyone who wants to further their career with an increasingly in-demand skill

The learning journey

Module 1: Enter the Metaverse (1 Week)

In this module, you will be introduced to the Metaverse and why it matters in the creative industries. You will also learn about the evolution of the Metaverse, and its origins in the gaming industry. This module will also explain how the Metaverse relates to Web 3.0. This is a theoretical module.

Module 2: Visualise the Virtual (1 Week)

In this module you’ll learn about Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR), and why these concepts are important for designing the Metaverse. This is a theoretical module.

Module 3: Creating VR Visualisation (2 weeks)

In this module, you will learn about virtual real estate. This module will teach you how to ‘set up shop’ in virtual spaces using Unreal Engine and Blender. You will create a standalone 3D scene/environment using an Unreal Engine blueprint for VR and populate this environment with 3D assets that you have created in Blender and/or downloaded from the Unreal Engine asset library. This is a practical module.

Module 4: Populating Virtual Spaces: Avatar/Character Design (3 weeks)

In this module you will learn how to design, model, texture and pose an avatar/character in Blender, to be exported to Unreal Engine. This is a practical module.

Module 5: Creating and Minting NFT Art (3 Weeks)

This module will introduce you to different kinds of non-fungible token (NFT). You will also learn how to create a collection of beautiful graphic art pieces, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and how to commercialise this collection as NFTs on a minting page. This is a practical module.

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Frequently asked questions

How many hours per week do I need to set aside?

Varies per course – average 6-8. For more intense courses (or perfectionists) more like 10.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, 3 or 4 part payment plan depending on the length of the course.

How will these courses help me?

Theory backed by practical exercises to clue you in to industry-necessary tools and practices and prepare you for real industry briefs and contexts

Why Red & Yellow?

Our content is great and developed in consultation with industry experts
Our Course Coordinators are renowned for being dedicated and working very hard to help you complete the courses and get your certificate
We include personalised feedback on written assessments, which provide guidance and add that extra touch to help you refine your work and prepare you for industry.

What’s the difference between Red & Yellow and a MOOC, or Udemy?

The personal touch. There’s a reason why MOOCs/Udemy have dismal completion rates while ours is exceptionally high.
Our Course Coordinators and Facilitators are there to guide, assist and coach you through the course

Are your short courses accredited?

All our short courses are aligned to relevant SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) unit standards, usually at NQF 5 level
Many of our short courses can be run as accredited, which means you will earn credits when you successfully complete the course and hand in the necessary portfolio of evidence
Completing the portfolio and facilitating your external assessment and moderation is an additional fee on top of the online course fee.

Are your short courses and programmes internationally accredited/recognised?

Completing one of our short courses with the accredited option, will award you credits for the unit standards you have completed.
These unit standards are registered with SAQA at the relevant NQF level, which are recognisable internationally

Why are your short courses and programmes so expensive?
  • Because they’re very good.
  • Because we do not simply resell content from other institutions or developers. We oversee the development of all our content and ensure it meets the R&Y standards.
  • Because we provide the personal touch.
    • Our courses include support, coaching and guidance from our Course Coordinators to keep you motivated and on course
    • Students have access to knowledge experts and facilitators through regular tutorials and other forms of student engagement.
    • We manage queries personally and provide individualised and tailored responses
  • Workshops and videos in our programmes are hosted by content and industry experts
  • Our assessments are practical and provide as much exposure to simulated industry briefs as possible
  • We provide individual feedback on each written assessment that help students understand where they may have gone wrong, and how to improve in their next submission.
Are there any cancellation fees?
  • If you wish to cancel participation in an online course after paying (in part or in full), the following applies provided you notify Red & Yellow in writing:
  • No later than 7 (seven) days prior to course commencement date: you are entitled to a full refund of all amounts paid, (Excluding Application Acceptance fees).
  • Within the 7 day period prior to course commencement date: you will be liable for a cancellation fee equal to 5% of the total fee for the relevant course. (Red & Yellow shall refund all amounts paid by you to Red & Yellow in respect of the course, less the cancellation fee); or
  • Cancellations on or after the date of commencement of the course are not eligible for any refund.
What do I need to do if I need to defer?
  • In the event that you wish to defer your participation in any course for which you have registered and paid, you are required to apply for a deferral in writing by no later than 7 (seven) days prior to the date of commencement of the course. Red & Yellow shall only accept applications for deferrals received after the commencement of a course in certain situations and will not award any credits for assignments completed at the time of requesting the deferral. The following situations, inter alia, may qualify an individual for a deferral:
  • Financial concerns i.e. retrenchments, unexpected expenses
  • Family responsibility i.e. loss of a loved one, need to take care of an ill family member, marriage
  • Personal health i.e. physical and/or mental health concerns
  • Any Other reason deemed reasonable considering the circumstances of the case as determined by the manager of course coordination.
  • Red and Yellow will charge a deferral fee as follows, which must be paid in order to defer participation:
    • 10% of the course price on registration for online qualifications and programmes
    • 15% for online short courses
Do I get a Certificate when I finish the course?
  • Yes, you get a Red & Yellow certificate of completion.
  • If you take an accredited version of the course, you will also receive a Statement of Results (SOR) from the SETA with which the course is registered.
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Why should I do an accredited course? What are the benefits?
  • Red & Yellow’s accredited courses give you credits toward a formal SAQA registered qualification, a National Certificate.
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    • Alternatively, should you choose to enrol in a full qualification, for which you already hold credits, these credits contribute to the completion of the qualification
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  • Accredited online courses qualify as Category E training and provide more skills development recognition as well as more B-BBEE points.
Can I start the course whenever I want?
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  • Research has shown that scheduled courses have better student engagement and completion rates, than courses that run asynchronously.
  • Scheduled courses ensure you will have the company and support not only of our content team and course coordinators, but also of your fellow students.
Do I have a coach to support me along the way?
  • You have regular opportunities to interact with content experts to ask questions, and your course coordinator will be there to help you across the line.
Do I have to finish within a certain time period?
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