3D visualisers bring architects’ ideas to life, taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials and using these to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments.
As a 3D visualiser, you’ll need to be both creative and technically-minded, in order to model prospective buildings that will both function well and look good.
How to become a 3D visualiser
There are several routes to becoming a 3D visualiser. You could complete a university course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a 3D visualiser, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
In order to become a 3D visualiser, you could complete an undergraduate degree in 3D design, graphic design, architectural visualisation, or a related subject.
Your course should provide training in relevant design software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max and VRay, as well as programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Premier and other graphic or rendering software.
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll need :
An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
You can become a 3D visualiser by completing a design or architectural apprenticeship.
To become an apprentice, you’ll need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English and maths, plus an art and design subject.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
After gaining relevant qualifications, you could apply directly to a construction company for an entry-level role, to gain experience within an architectural team.
It might be possible for you to shadow a 3D designer, or work as a 3D design assistant while you develop your skills.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a 3D visualiser.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Personal skills which are ideal for anyone thinking of pursuing a career as a 3D visualiser include :
What does a 3D visualiser do?
As a 3D visualiser, you will collaborate with design and architectural teams to ensure that proposed project designs are reproduced accurately and effectively.
You will also be responsible for ensuring that the project brief is followed and work is completed on schedule.
The role of a 3D visualiser involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a 3D visualiser?
The expected salary for a 3D visualiser varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.