Digital Compositing Essentials

Get started in Nuke with this fun compositing course taught by film industry experts

Nuke compositing for beginners

Take your first step toward a career as a film compositor

Whether you’re just starting out as a digital artist or making the switch from Adobe After Effects, our Nuke course has you covered. Learn the art of integrating green screen footage with digital assets and kickstart your career in this exciting industry. 

Why learn Compositing at CG Spectrum:

  • Get the latest skills studios are hiring for
  • Learn from artists with real-world experience
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


The VFX industry is rapidly growing and the need for highly-skilled, talented compositors is too. There’s never been a better time to learn Nuke, the most popular visual effects digital compositing package.

Get a more personalized experience via live weekly calls with your mentor each week, and study from the comfort of your own home. 

On completion of this course, you may choose to continue your studies with the more advanced Digital Compositing Foundations, which will prepare you for a career as a professional digital compositor. 



Study duration

12 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills & min. computer specs


Weekly online classes, feedback and support



Start date

Jan 8, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn Nuke from industry pros who have worked on blockbuster films at top studios

Whether you’re straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our expert-led programs help you build practical job skills that will serve throughout your career.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on blockbuster films

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


Industry-approved curriculum to help you get started as a Nuke VFX Compositor

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of Digital Compositing

Learn Nuke compositing essentials and get the hang of using professional workflows and tools. Master Nuke’s user interface and start experimenting with complex rotoscoping techniques (a fundamental aspect of VFX compositing). Next, you’ll jump into green screen keying and find out how to integrate different elements into live-action footage. Put your new knowledge into practice by building several VFX shot's from scratch for your portfolio.

*This short course is a prerequisite to the more advanced Nuke Compositing Foundations. It will give you the foundational skills you need to continue on your educational pathway.

  • Compositing basics
  • How to use the Nuke interface
  • Rotoscoping and color keying
  • Adding VFX elements to a live-action shot
  • Seamlessly integrating digital backgrounds
  1. Introduction to VFX Compositing and Breaking Down a Shot
  2. Common Nuke Tools
  3. Introduction to Rotoscoping & Tracking
  4. Intro to Live Action & CG Compositing
  5. Rotoscoping Explained
  6. Squib Hits & Muzzle Flashes
  7. Color Keying 101
  8. Color & Light: Otherworld Planet Project 01
  9. Color & Light: Otherworld Planet Project 02
  10. Greenscreen Driving Comp
  11. Alien Invasion 01
  12. Alien Invasion 02
Course structure

Your pathway to the industry

Dive right into the full study pathway and be industry ready in 1 year.

Pathway illustration for Nuke Compositing (Full pathway)

Be mentored by professional Nuke compositing artists

All Nuke compositing classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working on films and video games.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,750 USD

(3 x payments)

Frequently asked questions

Digital Compositing Essentials Course FAQs

To be successful in this program you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


A student license of Nuke will be provided for free. You will also get access to a library of free VFX assets from ProductionCrate to use in your shots throughout the course.


You will need a dedicated graphics card, and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Nuke.

Studying VFX compositing can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry. 

This short compositing course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the more advanced Nuke Compositing Course will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The course covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready. Some of the junior VFX compositing jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

Discover more VFX jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating.


Studios that hire our students