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The first Masterclass in the world with UNIFIED TEACHING

The Architectural Visualisation Masterclass is the most complete training course at Academy. The course is addressed to those who want to know all the tricks of the trade (both technical and artistic) to enter the labour market with strong and steady mehods. The course is meant for people who have a basic knowledge of 3dsMax and want to enhance their skills in the creation of Architectural images. During the Masterclass, you will be guided in the same creative process used by the State of Art Studio artists in the creation of images for their clients. 

In the Masterclass you will be able to test what you have learn by applying the theory to a case study chosen by the teachers for each Masterclass. Normally the project is a residential building, which is selected to exercise on the whole workflow: from the modellation to the final postproduction. It is important not to consider the final image as a yardstick for the artist but as a test of the many topics explained in the theoric classes.

ArchViz Masterclass


Course: Architectural Visualisation Masterclass.
Software:  Autodesk Autocad, Autodesk 3dsMax, Chaos Group V-Ray,  Corona Renderer, Substance Designer, Quixel Megascans, Adobe Photoshop.
Requirements:  Basic knowledge of Autodesk 3dsMax.

Seats available: 12 seats.
Course duration: 160 hours.
Price: € 4,500 Discounted price: € 3,890 + 22% VAT (+ € 50,00 as administration fee).

10% discount for students and private people.
Price: € 3,890 Discounted price: € 3,501.00 + 22% VAT (+ € 50,00 as administration fee).

To start your booking to our courses, click on the button here, choose a date on the calendar and proceed.
We suggest you to register and fill the form. In this way, you can manage your booking in your personal area on the website.

One of the – maybe THE most – important and inspiring experiences of my whole professional life. Great place, lovely und skilled people, who are willing to give 200% all the way, to get you, where you want to go! They love, what they do – you totally feel it! Their dedication and passion for teaching, what they know best, is catching!

SebastianMasterclass #19

Straight Knowledge! Learned a lot. Why do diamonds bling!? Well let me tell you! Deep shader building! Got it … Post production! On fleek!

YusefMasterclass #16

If you want to learn the art of story telling through images then this is the place!!

RohanMasterclass #25

ArchViz Masterclass


ArchViz Masterclass


The Masterclass also takes into consideration concepts regarding the part before rendering: the first lessons will focus on reading architectural projects, on the correct way to prepare files to use in 3dsMax, on the imageplan (preliminary drawings to show to the client) and on photography.

ArchViz Masterclass


Photography means first of all mastering composition, but also knowing the theory of colours, the physics of light and representing spaces and visual depth. Since the Masterclass is a complete educational course, it’s important to start from strong foundations: the rendering, particularly the architectural one, is a mix of creativity and rules.

ArchViz Masterclass


When making a project for a client, we need to be flexible with the 3D model because it can be changed at any moment. In the ArchViz Masterclass, you will learn many postproduction techniques to get to the final result in the shortest time without rendering again.

ArchViz Masterclass




  • Presentation of the Masterclass’ project
  • Arch-Viz foundations
  • Project reading
  • CAD cleaning
  • CAD export
  • Introduction / Interface
  • CAD import
  • CAD alignment
  • Photography areas
  • Shutterspeeds, diaphrams and their reciprocity
  • Composition and rule of thirds
  • Photography workshop
  • Discussion on the students’ photos
  • Introducton to SOA modelling for achitecture
  • Creation panel, vetex, segment e spline
  • Edit poly and modifiers
  • Modelling methods
  • Modelling of windows
  • Modelling the building maquette
  • Introduction to the imageplan
  • Introduction to the creation of a V-Ray Camera
  • Photo research / reference & Image-planning
  • Presentation and discussion in class
  • Parametric modelling: iToo RailClone
  • Multi-texture map and floor shading
  • UVW Mapping base
  • Unwrapping
  • Multi-mapping
  • Photography workshop

  • Design Centre, Piero Mazzoli’s workshop

  • Imageplan and final image by George Nijland, Masterclass #10

  • Modelling the project

  • Modelling windows

  • Modelling details

  • Railclone, iToo Software

  • Unwrap exercises



  • Linear workflow
  • Sun & sky
  • Physical camera
  • Frame Buffer
  • Daylight
  • Image base lighting (HDRI)
  • V-Ray Lights / Corona Lights
  • Interior and exterior lighting (night version with artificial lights)
  • Camera effects
  • Athmospferic effects
  • Render elements
  • Introduction to the Material Editor
  • Introduction to the material physics
  • Correct workflow to replicate real materials
  • V-Ray Standard Material and Corona Material
  • Creation of basic architectural shaders
  • Fresnel vs Fall-off
  • Creation of complex architectural shaders (Multi-level shading)
  • Creation of textures
  • Material optimisation
  • Introduction to Allegorithmic Substance Designer
  • Interface of Allegorithmic Substance Designer and its settings
  • Advanced shading with Allegorithmic Substance Designer
  • Analysis of the interface in Chaos Group V-Ray and Corona Renderer
  • Calculation methods for the global illumination (pro and cons and their settings)
  • Workflow to optimise the scenes for a faster rendering
  • Rendering for animations
  • Settings and memory management
  • V-Ray / Corona Renderer Proxies
  • Distributed rendering
  • V-Ray RT (CPU and GPU)
  • VR creation content
  • Interior night lighting

  • DOF / Bokeh

  • Environment Fog



  • Ground creation/ modelling:
    • tasselation
    • noise modifier
    • displace
    • soft selection
    • push & pull
    • vertexpaint
  • Background creation
  • Modelling the vegetation / shaders & texturing
  • Study in depth iToo Forest Pack:
    • Grass creation
    • Change the basic grass with random transformation
    • Change the basic grass with col. variation
    • Change of the forest object with B maps
    • Elements rotation with rgb maps
    • Exercise on spiral in the wheat field
  • Model import / oprimisation for V-Ray Next
  • V-Ray Pass to render
  • Mask creation
  • Interface
  • Opening/ Importing a file
  • Layers/ Group of layers
  • Blending modes / Adjustments
  • Masks and Channels
  • Actions / Script
  • 32/16bit file management
  • File structure
  • How to cut out images to use as background/foreground
  • Customized brushes
  • 2D element matching
  • Patterns: creation and use
  • Dirty effects  / material wear creation
  • V-Ray pass to improve existing materials
  • V-Ray pass  to reproduce from scratch existing materials
  • Texture to recreate from scratch existing materialas
  • Creation of light effects with the brush tool
  • Atmospheric effects (fog, rain, glares..)
  • Finalizing the image / color grading
  • Saving the image for the web / for printing

Creation of the ground and vegetation

Postproduction examples

ArchViz Masterclass


ArchViz Masterclass


SOA Academy is proud to be an authorised Chaos Group Training Centre. Chaos Group released the certification because SOA Academy complies with the standards set for training centres. The Academy courses follow the official Chaos Group teaching instructions to guarantee the students the best know-how. At the end of the course, the students will receive from Chaos Group an attendance certificate and a 1-year access to the Chaos Group Training Portal.

ArchViz Masterclass


SOA Academy is proud to be an authorised Corona Renderer Training Centre. Corona Academy released the certification because SOA Academy complies with the standards set for training centres. The Academy courses follow the official Corona Academy teaching instructions to guarantee the students the best know-how. At the end of the course, the students will receive from Corona Academy an attendance certificate and a certification as Corona Renderer professional users.

ArchViz Masterclass


Thanks to the collaboration between SOA Academy and Allegorithmic, the software Substance Designer has been included in our Masterclass’ offer.
In adition, all SOA Academy students will get two months of free use of Substance Designer.

ArchViz Masterclass


SOA Academy is now Autodesk Authorised Training Center. It means that at the end of the Masterclass, you’ll get a free certificate of completion signed by Autodesk and in case you are interested in a professional certification, you can take the exam.

ArchViz Masterclass


SOA Academy is an iToo Software Authotized Training Center.  For this reason, you’ll have the chance to benefit of a 25% discount on the purchase of either Forest Pack, RailClone or the Bundle (Forest Pack + RailClone).

ArchViz Masterclass


We give space to theory, great attention to practice. In all SoA Academy classes, we first want to teach the proper workflow to follow and then give space to practical exercises and real case studies, which will be available thanks to the teachers’ long experience in the field. Our aim is to shape artists who can better express their abilities in the working world. We’re not only talking about knowing the software from a technical point of view, but also stimulating your creativity, making you aware of your artistic personality, broadening your imagination and moving beyond your abilities.

To start your booking to our courses, click on the button here, choose a date on the calendar and proceed.
We suggest you to register and fill the form. In this way, you can manage your booking in your personal area on the website.



Here are some questions related to our courses and facilities that SoA Academy students frequently ask. If you can’t find an answer to your doubts, send us an email and we’ll give you a reply soon. There are no silly questions but only clever answers.


Novice courses are for artists who are moving the first steps in the Architectural Visualisation field and need the basic knowledge to start from scratch. If you want to start learning without losing further time, these are the courses for you. 


The Advanced Courses are for artists who have some kind of experience in the 3D world and they want to improve their productivity and skills on specific areas. If you want to reach the top in a short time, these are the courses for you.


The workshop are advanced courses meant for artists who have experience and want to prove themselves through a set of practical exercises. Space to practice with the advise of the teachers.


Masterclasses are the most complete courses at Academy and are meant for artists who want to learn an efficient workflow to create images and architectural videos. From 10 to 100 in few weeks.


How can I know which is the course that most suits me?

The choice of the course depends on you, your skills, your interest and the time you have at your disposal. For example, if you don’t have much time and want to develop specific topics, look at our Advanced courses (the ArchViz is the best if you want to improve lighting and rendering, the Post-production is the best choice if you want to work with photoshop). Anyway, we remind you that the Masterclass is the most complete course we offer because it covers important topics in the Architectural Visualization.

I’ve chosen the best course for me, what do I have to do now? How can I apply?

Go to the “calendar” page in our website, click on the course you want to apply and fill the form. As soon as we receive your request, we’ll send you an email with the instructions for the payment and the contract to complete your registration. Once you’ve made the payment, send us a receipt of the bank transfer and the contract signed. This is the only way to book a seat.

How long does the Masterclass last? What is the timetable?

The Masterclass lasts some weeks (2 or 4) from Monday to Friday with the following timetable: from 9 am to 1 pm / from 2.30 pm to 7 pm.

How long do the Advanced courses last? What is the timetable?

The Advance courses last 5 days from Monday to Friday with the following timetable: from 9 am to 1 pm / from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

In your website I see that all the Masterclasses are fully booked, do you have a waiting list? How can I subscribe it?

Yes, we do have a waiting list for each course. If you want to be added in a waiting list, send us an email. Attention: the name listing doesn’t grant a seat in the course.

Where do the courses take place?

All courses take place in our Academy in Via Monte Popera 4/6 in San Donà di Piave (a city close to Venice – Italy).

Do you have other branches?

No, we don’t.

Do you offer any online courses?

No, we don’t. The Academy team likes being in contact with the students to instantly solve any kind of problem that might arise. We also think that a face-to-face course is the best way to establish a good relationship with the guys who, in the end, become part of the Academy family. This is the reason why, we don’t have any online courses.

What is the language of the courses?

Some courses are in English and some in Italian. Next to each course listed in the “calendar” webpage, you’ll find the abbreviations ITA or ENG to specify the language used in that course.

How deeply do I need to know English? Do I need Italian?

The English level used doesn’t require a deep knowledge of the language. The software interfaces are in English and the terms are strictly related to the Architectural Visualization field. Although the teachers are Italian, you don’t need to know Italian to attend a course (unless it is an Italian one).

After the courses, do you organize any internships?

No, we don’t. Anyway, we are often asked by Italian and worldwide Companies for talented Artists to insert in their Studios. We always pass these offers on to our (ex) students and if they’re interested, they can contact the Studios directly.

Can a course be cancelled?

Yes, it can. If we don’t reach the minimum number of registrations necessary to make the course start (4/5 people), the course might be cancelled. The people who have already registered will be contacted and they will be able to choose among other options.

How much do the courses cost?

Please, look at the “course” page in our website to get the costs (link alla pagina corsi). VAT is not included in the prices listed (+ 22%).

After the classes and in the weekends will we have homework?

No, you’ll have the time during the classes to exercise, so you won’t have any homework after the classes or in the weekends.

What do I need to take for the course?

Academy will provide all the materials necessary to attend the courses: notepad, pencil, pen, workstation with the relevant softwares, graphic tablet, keyboard and mouse. We suggest you to take a hard disk with you to save the files you’ve been working on in the course.

Do I need my laptop?

No, you don’t. During the course, you’ll use our workstations. Anyway, if you want to exercise in the night hours after class, take it with you!

For the photography workshop, do I have to take my camera with me?

If you have a reflex and want to take it with you, you can but it isn’t compulsory. We’ll give you some cameras that you’ll share with your classmates.