Unleash the artist within

Arrange the lights and the virtual camera like a professional photographer. Use your creative side to create photorealistic scenes in a short amount of time without getting lost on technical aspects related to the rendering engine.

Take your image to another dimension thanks to the technologies connected with the Virtual reality. Let your Clients appreciate your projects in a 360-degree view.

All of this thanks to Corona Renderer.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Corona Renderer course is meant to release your creativity and guide you to create amazing images in few days.

The ease of use of Corona is a well-known aspect from all the ArchViz industry and for this reason we decided to give more space to the practical aspect rather than to the technical settings. Hence, in your experience in class you’ll study the software’s interface, the lighting for different scenarios, the atmosphere, the material based on the PBR. In this way you’ll get a strong workflow based on Corona Renderer and you’ll see how to solve issues that you may encounter when using Corona Renderer.

Thanks to this approach we are sure that our students can work in a professional way in just a one-week training. To show and test your new skills and the knowledge conveyed, you’ll create one or more images based on the assets provided by SOA Academy.

At the end of the course you’ll get a certificate as Corona Renderer Instructor in accordance with the knowledge directly provided by Render Legion and the result of SOA Studio’s experience. And this is what makes this class one of a kind.

The course on Corona was far beyond my expectations.
Experienced teachers always available to give advice even on topics not related to the course.

GianpietroCorona #4

This is a great course for anyone wishing to learn Corona or build on their current knowledge.
It is an engaging learning experience about gaining a solid understanding of the software, developing a working methology and understanding what it takes to become a better CG artist.

AntoniosCorona #3

The course certified on Corona Renderer is in my opinion really good.
It’s an intense e immersive experience and at the end you become so familiar with the software that you can use it in a very professional way. The course is excellent in terms of facilities, program and teachers.

DamianoCorona #1

I had just entered the world of ArchViz and decided to attend the Corona Renderer course: I couldn’t make a better choice. The course is advanced and intense (just one week). It is well-structured to let you understand all functions of the software, step by step. Giona, supervisor of the course, was really professional, experienced and available to solve any doubt.

NicolòCorona #4

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


In the five days of course you’ll have look into deep some of technical aspects of Corona but you’ll also express your artistic creativity in a workshop in which you’ll create some images of an architectural project. you’ll be followed and guided by the teachers and artists at SOA Studio.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


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


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


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


Trasform your 3D environments with volumetric effects. You’ll learn to change the look of your images by using unusual atmospheres thanks to the power and flexibility of Corona Renderer.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz



DAY #1


Technical introduction to the rendering engine and practical exercises.

  • Corona Philosophy
  • Interface
  • Raytracing
  • Natural lighting with Daylight system
  • Corona Camera
  • VFB


DAY #2


Technical and artistic approach to lighting. Technical problem solving.

  • Image based lighting
  • Artificial lighting
  • Volumetric and atmospheric effects
  • Render elements
  • Distributed render
  • Problem solving


DAY #3


Creation of photorealistic materials by using the PBR method (Physically Based Rendering)

  • PBR materials part 1
  • Corona maps

PBR Shaders


DAY #4


Procedural materials with Substance Designer. Practical workshop on Lake Lugano House project.

  • PBR materials part 2
  • Substance Designer
  • Workshop on the LLH scene


DAY #5


The practical workshop on the LLH continues. Final considerations.

  • Finalization of the images with post-production in the VFB
  • VR rendering

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


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.

Corona Renderer for ArchViz


Thanks to the partnership with Quixel, the participants at the course will be able to use the assets and software of the Suite 2 in addition to Megascans Studio and Megascans Bridge. All the contents used in the course (shaders and textures) will be then available for download and free use out of the course. We would suggest you to take with you a portable hard disk (minimum 100 GB) to save your files at the end of the Masterclass.

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.

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!