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Online Course – 2nd Edition

Introduction to Organic 3D Modelling

September 3rd-20th, 2021

This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions on 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th, and 20th of September; 14:30 to 16:30 and 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT+2, Madrid time zone).

28 hours of online live lessons, and 22 hours of participants working on their own.

Course Introduction to Organic 3D Modelling 1

Course overview

This course is designed as an introduction to organic 3D modelling with the software ZBrush (Pixologic) and is addressed at science researchers, communicators and professionals who want to learn to virtually sculpt 3D models of organic structures and who aim at incorporating computer-generated 3D graphics to their skills and workflow.

The course will be focused on the basics of 3D graphics management, the main interface and functionalities of ZBrush and the basic workflow of organic 3D modelling.


This course is of intermediate level, elemental knowledge in some form of graphic art (illustration, design, sculpture, computer graphics, etc) is recommended.

All participants must have a pen tablet and a computer with Pixologic ZBrush installed. Trial license for this software can be found here. The free version of ZBrush does not contain all the applications that would be used during the course, therefore if you have a free version you will need the trial anyway.

Webcam and a good internet connection, as well as basic experience with personal computers are strongly recommended.




September 3rd-20th, 2021

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th, and 20th of September; 14:30 to 16:30 and 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT+2, Madrid time zone).

50 hours.

28 hours of online live lessons, and 22 hours of participants working on their own with tutored exercises and watching recorded lessons.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Testimonials for this course

Introduction to Organic 3D Modelling (online) – 1st edition.

“Thanks to all the staff and above all to Hugo that teaches with professionality, passion and dedication! Many thanks for your advice and patience!”

Hugo Salais instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Hugo Salais
Metazoa Studio
Valencia, Spain

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Jordi Galbany Transmitting Science Coordinator

Dr. Jordy Galbany

Transmitting Science


  • Introduction to ZBrush
    • 3D basics: 3D space, polygons, vertices & meshes.
    • Presenting ZBRush: what makes this software unique?
    • First steps inside ZBrush: working in a 3D space, user interface, basic functionalities, managing ZBrush files.
    • Starting to sculpt in ZBrush: basic workflow.
  • Main tools in ZBRush
    • The Brush.
    • Masks and selections.
  • Advanced tools and techniques in ZBrush
    • Advanced Brushes & Insert Brushes: InsertMesh, ArrayMesh, NanoMesh, Fibermesh.
    • Live Boolean.
    • 3D modelling in ZBrush: ZModeler.
    • Hard Surface sculpting in ZBrush.
  • Sculpting workflow in ZBrush
    • Managing polygon count and topology in ZBrush: Subdivisions, Dynamesh, Sculptris, Retopology.
    • Main sculpting workflow: from primary volumes to high frequency details.
    • Model posing techniques.
    • Final steps: coloring, texturizing & rendering in ZBrush.
    • Exporting ZBrush models: UVs & maps, decimation, export formats, other texturing & rendering softwares.
  • 3D sculpting applied to Science
    • Sculpting with references in ZBrush: importing reference images and 3D models, ZGrid.
    • Measurements and scale in ZBrush
    • Other 3D software for scientific subjects


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until July 30th, 2021):
  • 456 €
    (364.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after July 30th, 2021):
  • 560 €
    (448 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in Spain may benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you would like to enquire about this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict registration order.


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