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Unreal Engine Training Course | UE Exteriors & Environments

A course by Adam Morgan, Architectural Director at Studio RBA.
Unreal Engine is one of the most powerful pieces of software available to create games, animations and high end cinematics. All of this tech can be applied to us architects and archviz artists. This 10 part course takes users of any skill level throughout the whole process of creating amazing environments and exterior renderings.

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About this course

In the digital frontier of architectural visualization, Unreal Engine has established itself as a juggernaut, offering unparalleled capabilities not just for game developers, but also for architects and archviz aficionados. With the ability to craft realistic simulations and immersive environments, Unreal Engine elevates architectural representations to a whole new level. ArchAdemia’s Unreal Engine Training Course | UE Exteriors & Environments is meticulously designed to usher you into this expansive world.

Commencing with the foundational concepts, this Online Unreal Engine course provides a step-by-step guide to creating breathtaking exteriors and intricate environments, leveraging the immense potential of the software. Whether you’re searching for an “Unreal Engine course near me” or are keen on diving into the “Best Unreal Engine course” available online, our program ensures a seamless learning journey for enthusiasts of every proficiency.

The ten-part series is meticulously curated to cater to learners at all levels. From understanding the fundamental interface and tools to crafting photorealistic simulations, every aspect of the software is covered. Our “Unreal Engine training videos” are not mere lectures; they’re immersive experiences. Our commitment to comprehensive learning doesn’t end with the main course content. For those looking for insights without immediate commitment, ArchAdemia’s YouTube channel hosts a plethora of “Free Unreal Engine course” content, offering a taste of the extensive knowledge our full program delivers.

Successfully completing our Unreal Engine training course earns you the “Unreal Engine course certificate”, an emblem of your expertise and a significant boon to your professional portfolio.

Join ArchAdemia on a journey through the realms of architectural visualization in Unreal Engine. With us, you don’t just learn; you experience, innovate, and master. Enroll now, and let’s reshape the contours of architectural visualization together.

To access Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to get started with our architecture tutorials please use the following link;

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Lesson 1 – Introduction (2:46). A quick introduction explaining what’s coming within the course, talking over the building model we’ll be using and introducing you to the precedent that we’re working toward for our final images and animations, by https://kraken-studio.com/

Lesson 2 – Landscape tools (15:18). We start the modelling of the scene with Unreal Engine’s impressive landscape tools to sculpt hills, mountains, the backdrop and recesses for our lake that will surround the subject building.

Lesson 3 – Importing the building (23:42). With the landscape formed, we import the SketchUp model using Datasmith and apply some basic textures to give us early insight into what the overall scene will look like. We revisit these textures later in the course, to ensure they’re fit for final renderings.

Lesson 4 – Basic lighting setup (12:19). Let there be light! We use the 4th lesson to load in the essential environment lights, volumetric clouds and height fog to illuminate the scene and create an early sense of mood to our scene, which will be developed down the line.

Lesson 5 – Cameras (15:11). It’s never too early to position your cameras to focus your efforts on the areas that are within view and focus. We explain how to set cameras in various ways, how to deploy depth of field for improved realism and introduce you to an architectural plugin for 2-point perspective shots, which aren’t in -built within Unreal Engine, out of the box.

Lesson 6 – Foliage tools (23:38). This is where we start to get a glimpse of the final results! The foliage tools within UE5 are incredible, within a few sweeps of a brush you have a scene populated with trees, grass, rocks and more. In this lesson you’ll learn all you need to populate your projects with highly detailed assets without killing your frame rate and project performance!

Lesson 7 – Detailed assets (26:04). After all of the speed of the previous lesson, we slow it down here by individually picking out detailed assets to help frame each camera view and enhance the visual variation of each scene for ultimate realism.

Lesson 8 – Setting the mood (24:14). With the heavy lifting out of the way we proceed to tweak the lighting, fog, god rays and post process volume settings to finalise the look and feel of the project, ready for rendering.

Lesson 9 – Final Lumen settings (8:02). We finalise the scene with enhanced Lumen settings to improve the quality of lighting, sharpness, contrast, and reflections, so that when you set the project to render a lot of the settings are built into the project already, which also allows you to export walkthroughs etc.

Lesson 10 – Rendering stills & animations (26:32). To conclude the course, we explain the steps needed to extract images and animations from your UE5 projects. We also cover console variables and deploying Adobe After Effects to get the most from your visuals and export your animations as useable video files.

Why Architects & Designers should use Unreal Engine.

The architectural world is undergoing a paradigm shift with the advent of real-time rendering and VR-capable platforms, like Unreal Engine. Their significance in architectural projects, especially in exterior and landscape ventures, cannot be overstated. In the traditional visualization process, architects and designers would have to wait painstakingly for renders, often making adjustments blindly and hoping for the best in the next render cycle.

Real-time rendering eradicates this waiting game, offering immediate feedback and enabling instantaneous adjustments. This is paramount when dealing with vast exterior spaces and intricate landscapes, where lighting, textures, and natural elements play a pivotal role in the design’s overall aesthetic and feel. Moreover, the immersive capability of VR transports stakeholders directly into the envisioned space, allowing them to experience and interact with the environment on a human scale—making design nuances palpable and fostering deeper connections to the project. Using Unreal Engine for these ventures not only streamlines the design and approval processes but also ensures a holistic representation of the project, capturing its essence and emotion in ways previously unattainable. In essence, it revolutionizes the way we conceive, visualize, and experience architectural marvels.

Meet your tutor - Adam Morgan | Architectural Director | Studio RBA

Hi, I’m Adam. I am the founder and director of Studio RBA, a team of 8 architects and CGI artists in the city centre of Liverpool, UK. The office is experienced in a wide range of building types and procurement routes, successfully winning projects with contract values of up to £80 million. We work for a broad spectrum of public and private sector clients across the country. I have always had a passion for teaching aspiring and young architects. I offer support to emerging young architects through the RIBA mentoring programme and am also a visiting architectural critic and tutor for Liverpool John Moores University.

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We’re the only architectural educator that teaches all aspects of what an architect goes through each day, through architecture courses, one-off lessons, podcasts and mentoring. We have to know and deal with a lot; concept design, technical design, graphics, construction, dealing with clients & consultants etc. Our platform gives insight into all of these areas and more through a range of mediums such as; online classes, one-to-one coaching, podcasts and downloadable resources.

We have two forms of membership, monthly and annual. Both can be cancelled at any time with no contractual obligations. Both include all course content that exists today and any future instalments, access to our community forum and monthly bonuses. Annual members benefit from two extra perks; the ability to contact us directly anytime to help with day to day issues, often resulting in a video call support session, and free access to all downloadable resources (currently worth £300 total).

Monthly memberships are £15 per month and our annual membership is £79 paid per year. Head over to our pricing page to find out exactly what’s included with each. FYI – both memberships auto-renew.

Our teaching style is relaxed and specific to the needs of an architect or similar construction industry designer. All of our premium courses are centred around an iconic piece of architecture, which provides a dual benefit of learning the software and diving deeper into exceptional pieces of design.
You can watch your lessons on a desktop, maybe with a split screen or you can consume our content via mobile utilising two options. The first option is simply viewing our mobile optimised website, where the second is to download the Kajabi app and use the credentials you made with us to login and view your lessons anytime and anywhere!
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