's world-leading 3DXLab is thrilled to launch an introductory short course designed to help you create 3D biomedical animations.

As our understanding of health and diseases evolves, so does the need for accurate and clear visual representations. 3D biomedical animations are a powerful tool to explain complex biological concepts to diverse audiences. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored their importance, showcasing how these animations play a key role in informing, raising awareness, and educating the public on molecular processes and scientific discoveries.

Unlock the flexibility of our online course featuring five self-paced modules. Learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, and take control of your learning journey.


Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture

Research Lab


Delivery Mode


Commencing from

01 July 2024 





What will I learn?

In this course, you'll reference a COVID-19 animation created by the 3DXLab to learn the full pipeline for creating 3D biomedical animations.

You'll cover:

  • Researching and designing your animation story.
  • Working with molecular models from the Protein Data Bank (PDB).
  • Best practices for 3D CGI lighting, texturing, rendering, animation, and shot composition.
  • Approaching sound design and disseminating your final animation.

By the end of the course, you'll have a core understanding of the planning and processes involved in 3D biomedical animation, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to start your own projects.

How will I learn?

This course is delivered 100% online and is designed to facilitate self-paced and self-directed learning. Through a mixture of video lectures, activities and topic-related readings, learners will be introduced to 3D biomedical animation.

Volume of learning is 5 hours (approx).

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for students and beginners with an interest in 3D biomedical animation, suitable for those with backgrounds in science or art and design. It focuses on planning and designing accurate animations to communicate science to varied audiences. Whether you're seeking additional skills for a competitive edge, looking for a challenge, kickstarting your studies, or pursuing professional development, this course will provide the foundation you need.

Who is the Course Convenor

Professor John McGhee is the Director and Founder of the award winning 3DxLab. His academic research work explores arts-led and design-led modes of visualising 3D complex scientific data. John’s research investigates the application of creative practice, technical innovation and immersive platforms to new data visualisation challenges. Areas of research include 3D virtual world design, reality capture, 3D simulation, 3D computer animation, VFX, 3D biomedical visualisation & Animation and reflective practice.

About the 3DXLab

The 3DXLab is a multi-disciplinary research lab that harnesses the power of cutting-edge immersive technologies to do visualisation research from a design-centred perspective. We explore the challenges of visual narratives and develop novel ways to navigate complexity and facilitate understanding using 3D computer animation, data visualisation and virtual reality (VR) immersive design.

To find out more, visit the website: 3DXLab | School of Art & Design - Sydney

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