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Archt 260 - 3-D Modeling/Rendering for Architecture and Interior Design - Christian Cononico

Course:3-D Modeling/Rendering for Architecture and Interior Design
Professor:Christian Cononico
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • HyFlex
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 12 Week


Photo of Christian Cononico

Greetings, ARCH-260 participants!  I extend a warm welcome to each of you as we embark on our journey together this semester.  Before we dive into the world of Rhino, please allow me to briefly introduce myself.  I am a fellow COC Alumni, just like you, who's been through the very program you’re all part of right now.  My academic experience includes a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA's School of Architecture & Urban Design, followed by a Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc.  My professional experience spans across a variety of fields, including Hospitality, Commercial, Residential, and TV/Film.  Currently I work in the production world designing sets and building 3D models for on screen projects, which includes network television, feature films, and commercial advertisements.  In today's digital landscape, proficiency in computer software is indispensable across all sectors and disciplines.  I am very excited to bring such an important skillset to you all, so let’s get into it!

Course Description

This course presents advanced computer-aided drafting (CAD) features to create three dimensional conceptual drawings using Rhino.

What to Expect in this Course

Throughout this course, we will introduce 3D Modeling for Architectural and Interior Design visualization using Rhino. We will focus on creating models, renderings, and work on understanding how the software operates using nurbs and meshes. In addition to building models, students will be introduced to Rhino plugins, lighting, texture mapping, the default Rhino rendering engine, post-production work, and layout for Rhino.

Students will develop several models including tools and toys from the Product Design industry, furniture and accessories from the Interior Design field, and conceptual masses and buildings from the architectural field.  For the final, students will select their own nature and design of their project.

In order to participate in the course you will need access to a computer capable of running Rhino and have reliable access to internet as well as a webcam and microphone.

Types of Assessments

Online exams, quizzes, online discussion boards, digital models, and written assignments.

Textbook Information

This class does not require a book. However, students are required to download Rhino Level 1 training PDF and models. You can find it under, click on Downloads, then find Documentation/Training Guides and Models.

Other Relevant Course Information

Prerequisite: ARCHT-160 or ARCHT-084/ ID-084

Software: Rhino 8

Students may obtain Rhino at a discounted price

NOTE: The class uses videos and instruction based on Rhino for Windows, but Mac is also acceptable as it is becoming more and more present in the industry. There is no need to split your desktop using parallels, or purchasing a new computer entirely, so long as the computer you have access to is capable of running the software.

Comparing Rhino between Windows and Mac

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 02/29/2024 Sub#: 1729