I’m a recently graduated architect from Lisbon, Portugal, who’s taken a lot of interest regarding the usage of gaming engines for architectural visualization. I’ve familiarized myself with a different engine, the Unity engine, but I’ve recently became interested in using Unreal Engine instead, due to the very impressive presentation quality that it is apparently capable of providing. However, I have no expertise in Unreal Engine, and I’m not certain whether purchasing a subscription to be able to use the engine is a good investment or not, at least not yet since I have no idea how the engine works. I was wondering if it would be possible to gain access to some sort of free trial version of Unreal Engine so that I’d be able to test it, and eventually purchase a subscription once I’ve familiarized myself with the software better. The idea of using gaming engines as visualization and simulation tools for architects and engineers hasn’t yet been implemented in Portugal, for as far as I’m aware of, and I would like to be the first to do so.
I would also like to know something else. Autodesk, for example, has courses for official certification in their software, whether it be AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Revit or such. Are there such certification courses for Unreal Engine? And if yes, where can I take one?
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