V-Ray Next takes you to the future

If you are looking forward to learning all secrets of V-Ray Next and move to the next level of photorealism and calculating rate, this is the course you were searching.

Thanks to Chaos Group V-Ray Next, to the Artificial Intelligence and to the GPU rendering, creating your images will be even easier and you will have time to focus on the rendering by improving your lighting and shading techniques.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


During the course, you will be guided by Gianpiero Monopoli, our Chaos Group V-Ray Mentor, who will answer all your technical questions to show you how the software works.

The course focuses on advanced aspects of V-Ray Next and on the use of its new features.

You will also reconsider your whole workflow when creating materials thanks to the introduction of the new PBR shading. Another important aspect is related to the volumetric effects that will be examined in depth thanks to the higher calculation speed.

V-Ray Next is a huge step forward in the render engine world. SOA Academy is the right place to discover all secrets to become real professionals.

V-Ray Next course at SOA Academy is one of the few in the world taught by a Mentor directly certified by Chaos Group. Thanks to the knowledge acquired at the Software House in Sofia, Gianpiero Monopoli, our certified teacher will offer you a course updated with the latest features on V-Ray rendering engine.

There are hundreds of V-Ray tutorials and resources to nearly every aspect of V-Ray on the internet, but I have always struggled to figure out if something is relevant or not, still up-to-date and so on. SOA Academy has shown me an entire Archviz-Workflow, covering the all the necessary Basics (all relating to the latest Version of V-Ray) to achieve good results. I’ve had a lot of a-ha moments during my time at the Academy and it certainly changed the way I do visualization right now.

GuentherV-Ray #15

As an architect who needs to create decent images for our projects I’ve always struggled with almost everything about V-Ray, but the course made me confident about it and I managed to grasp what I needed most. It was an eye-opening experience. In a short period of time the SOA guys give you what is worth months of tutorial videos.

ZardashtV-Ray #14

After two different courses I can say that SOA Academy is not only the best architectural visualization school you can find, but also a reference point for this environment. Teachers are extremely prepared both technically and above all artistically and transmit a strong passion for this work. I learned a professional, effective and high-level workflow that radically changed my approach after ten years as a 3D artist.

ManuelV-Ray #13

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz

V-Ray Next: the fastest

Unleash the speed of the Oscar-winning rendering engine.
V-Ray Next is the fastest rendering engine ever. The Artificial Intelligence combined with the hybrid/mixed CPU+GPU calculation will show you an actual calculation in real time for your images.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


The new PBR method for the creation of materials in V-Ray Next will make even easier for you to get photorealistic outcomes.
With our tutors you will discover all secrets to render very detailed materials.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Thanks to the new method for complex lighting calculations and to the adaptive dome light, the lighting in V-Ray Next couldn’t be easier. We’ll look into the lighting techniques that will give you the best in terms of realism with small rendering times thanks to the approach based on the traditional photography.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Our course will let you learn this great rendering engine from its core. Only in this way, the parameters will make sense and you’ll be able to modify them as you like always in accordance with quality and speed.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Thanks to the new camera, the photographic approach is the starting point for your image.
For these reasons, we will teach you to understand and use all the photographic effects that can be created based on the real world and that will make your images lively and realistic.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz



DAY #1

  • V-Ray Next interface
  • Understanding the rendering method
  • Daylighting
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer
  • V-Ray Physical Camera


DAY #2

  • Artificial lighting
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Camera photographic effects


DAY #3

  • Render Elements
  • Denoising
  • Distributed rendering
  • V-Ray GPU
  • Proxies
  • Caustics


DAY #4

  • Understanding and creating simple materials based on the PBR
  • V-Ray Maps


DAY #5

  • Creating complex materials based on the PBR
  • Workshop on the Split House. Practise on all features of V-Ray Next

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


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.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Thanks to our partnership with Allegorithmic, the participants at SOA Masterclass will be able to download and use Substance painter and Substance Designer for free for two months. This will be done simply by sending us their e-mail address during the registration process to the course. A new personal account for each attendee will be created and you’ll be able to start using it also outside the Academy. The access details will be given to the students the first day of course.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


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.

Chaos Group V-Ray for ArchViz


Course: advanced V-Ray course for Architecture.
Software: Autodesk 3dsMax, Chaos Group V-Ray.
Requirements:  Basic knowledge of Autodesk 3dsMax.

Seats available: 12 seats.
Course duration: 40 hours.
Price: € 1,350 + 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.

Study and get fun. Leave the Italian experience with SOA Academy!

Seaside, walks in the mountains, pic nics on the riverside and visits to Venice. This is just a small part of what you can do while you’re studying at SOA Academy. You’ll be spoilt for choice for your free time.

SOA Academy doesn’t only mean hard work and great efforts but also fun, laughs and lots to see around.



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 4 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!