We're passionate about developing talent, both externally and internally, to develop the next generation of 3D experts. Our culture as a business is to carry the value of professional development through everything we do. We started the DO Academy to train those new to the sector, and develop our own staff too.
This has led to us being awarded the BiTC Cymru Responsible Business of the Year for Talent Development 2018, and we couldn't be happier.
We also recognise it can be challenging to move from education to employment, and therefore also partner with university courses to deliver training lectures and offer regular work placements for students. Please contact us for further information:


Designed to create the IMAGINARIANS of the future. Our Academy is all about nurturing and developing talent. Our friendly and informative 3D sessions will help you gain the knowledge needed to develop your career in the sector, whether you are a student, freelancer or professional. Learn from our experts in all facets of 3D, explore our 3D tools and find out how to harness their potential and gain confidence to move forward with your career.
Our goals are clear: train people and share the success. The training will consist of an evening class tailored to meet your needs to become world class IMAGINARIANS. These will be held every other week through the Academy term at the DO office and best of all, they are free!
We don't charge for our time - we believe in giving back to our sector and local community. Plus, we like to meet new talent! Highly skilled individuals who can then join our team as and when positions become available.
Would you like attend? Spaces are limited, so please fill in the form below asap.
All academy students are subject to an interview process prior to your acceptance as demand for places are high.


Our DO Academy is made up of two parts. Firstly, basic training for anyone, designed to develop the IMAGINARIANS of the future. Secondly, advanced training to all permanent staff, freelancers and professionals.
Our Academy terms run over several months with around six sessions per term, held every other week at DO HQ 4-7pm. Topics will range from the basics to more advanced techniques. Here's an example of what we may cover:
Week 1: Basics, Max UI and modelling
Week 2: Basic lighting and render set-up
Week 3: Revit to Max UI workflow
Week 4: Advanced modelling
Week 5: Advanced techniques (finishes, flooring)
Week 6: Advanced lighting
We also invite like-minded and industry related professionals to be guest speakers such as photographers, manufacturers and developers to our advanced training academy sessions for our staff, freelancers and industry professionals. Example topics we may cover in these sessions include:
Week 1: Lighting Masterclass
Week 2: Unwrapping
Week 3: Advanced textures
Week 4: Particle systems
Week 5: Forest Pack and Rail Clone
Week 6: Animation and fly-throughs


"The Academy was held by James Leonard, a senior visualizer and began as an informal and visual presentation on lighting and rendering using 3Ds max and V-Ray. Having personally been using 3D max for most of my professional career it was a great platform for the attendees to share their experiences and reassure each other on common visualising scenarios. James took us through, methodically, the different ways to light a scene along with the many renders settings required to see their benefits.
This presentation was followed by getting hands on, and putting our 3D know-how to the test on their top spec pc's. We were allowed the freedom to light a scene as we see fit and add our own artistic license. James then guided us individually through key points to consider when lighting our scene, instantly improving or enhancing our work with his suggestions. We all had access to their in-house render farm which allowed me to render and retrieve my images quickly and efficiently without any down time.
It was an extremely valuable evening shared with like minded and enthusiastic individuals all with varied 3D experience. It was clear to see that James definitely knew his stuff."
Daniel Francis, Seasoned 3D Max user and Visualiser
"Before doing the academy I was really struggling to find a company that would give me any sort of professional experience, let alone a job! So, coming into a professional environment where I could develop my skills to the next level was completely invaluable and gave me the confidence and push I needed to keep on job hunting."
Heather Callaghan, Freelancer
"Attending the Do Academy has been hugely beneficial for my career. The team here are very passionate about what they do, which has helped develop my CGI knowledge significantly in a relatively short period of time. After a work placement I was delighted to be offered full time employment at DO. I’m always learning about 3D applications thanks to Do’s constant evolution, so my training and personal development is still continuing."
Shannon Matthews, DO IMAGINARIAN
"The sessions helped to refresh my 3D knowledge and taught me new tips and tricks on how to model a 3D space from scratch and create detailed furniture items. Learning skills such as how to light a scene and produce animations has enhanced my creative knowledge and design skills. I am confident that I can transfer these skills to a future design project in order to produce high quality, realistic images."
Nia Price, Designer, Hiko Solutions


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