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Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
07 Sep 2024 (Sat)
8 months
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
HK$12,750 per programme (paid in 2 instalments) / $6,375 (Certificate with Module 1 exemption)
Deadline on 03 Aug 2024 (Sat)
3762 0071
2214 1870
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The programme aims to teach the foundation and intermediate techniques of using Rhinoceros in the production of 3-D models using Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) geometry and make arrangement for export, annotation and plotting, as well as detailed explanation on and exploration of the NURBS topology and the practical application of efficient modeling techniques, modeling strategy and advanced surfacing. 

This course is suitable for designers in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, and Product / Industrial Design.

The in-class course exercises will be conducted to ensure understanding and application of key knowledge.  

Upon successful completion of the course, official Rhino Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications will be received from McNeel Asia, and HKU SPACE Certificate.

Programme Details

Programme Aims

The programme teaches the foundation and intermediate techniques of using the 3D modeling software, Rhinoceros (Rhino) for designers. The course covers the practical aspects of utilizing the features of the Rhino user interface, the skills to customize the modeling environment, the commands used to create, render and annotate from basic to more complex graphic objects, the methods for creating 3D models with precision.

Aside from the skills gained from production of 3D model using the software, the programme also covers importing and exporting the models to and from different file formats, formatting for hardcopy output, and creating 3D models from 2D drawings and scanned images.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) Module 1 Module 2
1. Use Rhinoceros to create and edit accurate free-form three-dimensional models for use in design related fields.
2. Identify the practical features of the Rhinoceros modeling software and the commands for its extensive function.
3. Display, analyse, render and annotate digital models
4. Manipulate digital models to and from different formats, and use layouts to arrange views of model for print production.
5. Define and explain NURBS topology and curve degree in Rhinoceros.  
6. Conduct analysis of compound surface continuity. Create and manipulate surface with complex geometry.  


Module 1 - Authorized Training in Rhinoceros – Level 1 Contact Hours
1 Rhinoceros introduction - Interface, Menus, Tool Bars, Viewport Properties, Objects Control & Editing 3
2 Creating geometry; Drawing with precision with relative and absolute system; Constraints; Construction Planes; Analyse; and Shapes 6
3 Editing Geometry; Control Point Editing; Working with Solids; Sculpturing and editing solids 6
4 Surfacing and various methods for surface creation 6
5 Import and Export 3
6 Rendering; Application of lighting; Cameras and materials for rendering output 3
7 Annotation 3
8 Printing and customization 3
9 Modelling Practice 18
Total 51


Module 2 - Authorized Training in Rhinoceros – Level 2 Contact Hours
1 Introduction and customization of interface and macros 3
2 NURBS topology, curve and surface continuity 6
3 Working with History and CPlane tools. 6
4 Advanced surfacing techniques 6
5 Deformation methods 3
6 Mapping objects to surface. 3
7 Surface analysis, Scoop exercise and direct surface manipulation. 3
8 Blocks, troubleshooting and Meshing. 3
9 Modelling Practice 18
Total 51

Upon School’s approval, students exiting after satisfactory completion of Module 1 will be awarded the following: 

  • Foundation Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers
  • Official Level 1 Training Certificate from McNeel Asia

No partial refund of course fee will be entertained.


Students with satisfactory completion of Module 1 AND Module 2 will be awarded the following:

  • Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers
  • Official Level 1 Training Certificate from McNeel Asia
  • Official Level 2 Training Certificate from McNeel Asia

Students should submit their application for Module 2 no later than TWO years from date of completion of Module 1 should they decide to take Module 2 for the Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers award. (Level 2 Training)


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Class Details

Start Date

  • 7 September 2024

Days / Time

  • Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM


  • Duration: 8 months

  • Contact hours: 102 hours in total


Teacher Information

Mr. Edmond WONG, BSc(Arch. Eng.)(Hons),PgDipArch University of Westminster, UK RIBA; Authorized Rhino 3D Trainer, McNeel Asia


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HK$12,750 per programme (paid in 2 instalments) / $6,375 (Certificate with Module 1 exemption)

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall be design professional or student with experience in Window based operators and software. Previous drafting  or computer aided design experience is helpful but not necessary. 


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Authorized Training in Rhinoceros - Level 1 (Module from Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers)
COURSE CODE 31Z124120 FEES $6,600 ENQUIRY 3762-0071
Authorized Training in Rhinoceros – Level 2 (Module from Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers)
COURSE CODE 31Z124139 FEES $6,600 ENQUIRY 3762-0071
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Rhinoceros for Designers

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [2])


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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.