The aim of the course is to give you the know-how to create photorealistic images, both of interiors and exteriors.
The SOA artists, who are specialized in Corona Renderer rendering engine, will guide you an intensive training that will cover all the main software’s aspects and the creation of images based on a real case study.

The course is meant for people who have already a good knowledge on 3dsMax and want to further improve their skills in images made with Corona Renderer. During the lessons you will examine in depth the lights, the shaders and the parameters to optimise your renders. In addition to this, you will look at topics related to photographic effects (Dof, lens effects, etc.), which will help you to increase the level of photorealism in your images. Finally, you will work with VR to create stereo images that can be visualize on state-of-the-art devices.

In the 5-day course, you will be able to test the concepts learnt in the theoretical hours by working on specific scenes given by the teachers. For instance, you will be able to train on single shaders that you’ll have to enhance, on different types of lighting and on their interaction in the final render.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Course: Workshop on Corona Renderer for Architecture.
Software: Autodesk 3dsMax, Corona Renderer.
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.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Corona Renderer for ArchViz


It is essential to start learning a rendering engine from the basics as this will let you become more flexible in all your production. Thanks to a regular contact with the software developers and to the experience of our tutors, you will learn all secrets behind one of the most powerful rendering engines in the market. You will learn how to face typical issues that frequently occur in production so that you will develop a steady workflow to be efficient with the software.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Thanks to the PBR technology, the SOA Academy teachers have studied and simplified a workflow to easily create shaders. At the end of the course, you will be able to create every type of material (simple or complex), design and reproduce high resolution textures, understand how materials work in real life and recreate them with Corona Renderer. The result of this kind of approach will be effective shaders which will work well in all light conditions and you will create a material library that will be useful every time you need to render.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Light is one of the main aspects for the creation of a good 3D image. In the course you will see different case studies both simple and complex and will also work with artificial lights. You will analyse and work on specific aspects to become aware of the software potentiality and to solve issues that you might be find with lighting in Corona. All this will let you get photorealistic outcomes and optimize the rendering times.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz



DAY #1

  • Software philosohy
  • Render viewport/interface
  • Materials
  • Maps
  • Lights
  • Camera mod
  • Corona VFB
  • Corona scatter
  • Corona Proxy
  • Rendering options (i.e. time limit, noise limit, passes)

Theory / Exercises

  • Camera DOF

  • Corona Scatter

  • Corona Proxy


DAY #2

  • Performance Settings
  • Corona Portals
  • PBR shading
  • Denoising
  • Post production effects
  • Interactive Lightmix setup
  • Rendering for VR
  • Distributed rendering with Corona Renderer

Bloom & Glares


DAY #3

  • Practical workshop on Lake Lugano House
  • Scene lighting with Corona Sun + Corona Sky
  • IBL and export of different lighting conditions with related settings
  • Artificial lighitng and use of all types of Lights and Corona Light Material.
  • Lighting sources setups and fixtures.

Illuminazione artificiale

Corona Volumetric Material


DAY #4

  • Analyze and understand the materials in the real world
  • PBR Shading
  • Texture creation based on PBR (Albedo, Glossiness e Fresnel)
  • Displacement maps and normal maps: theory, practical setups and outcoume analysis
  • Creation of the vegtation scattering
  • Project images’ rendering

PBR Shaders

  • Glass / Traslucent Shaders

  • Plastic / Traslucent Shaders


DAY #5

  • Finalizing the images with post-production effects directly made in CoronaVFB
  • Interactive Lightmix
  • Denoiser
  • VR rendering
  • Final considerations on the rendering engine and recap
  • Q&A
  • Certifications

Frame Buffer Postproduction

  • Corona VR

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Corona Renderer for ArchViz


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.

Corona Renderer 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.

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 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!