Digital Compositing Foundations

Become a compositor for film! Learn Nuke online from artists who have worked on top films

Digital Compositing Foundations taught by industry artists

Pro training & mentorship to launch your career in film

In less than a year, CG Spectrum’s Nuke training will prepare you creatively and technically for a career as a compositor in the film industry. Master rotoscoping, digital painting, keying, scripting and lighting techniques used by top VFX studios and be mentored by world-class artists who have worked on your favorite films!

Why study Nuke 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.



Study duration

36 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Digital Compositing Essentials course or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Nuke, Mocha

Start date

Mar 25, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn Nuke compositing from industry pros with years of studio experience

Get your career off to the best start! Our industry mentors and specialized Nuke compositing 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 major films and games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills studios are hiring for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner


Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a VFX compositor

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 2: Core Digital Compositing Principles

Put the skills you gained during the Digital Compositing Essentials to the test with more challenging projects! Begin learning Boris FX Mocha Pro to expand your compositing software skillset and move on to learning Nuke's powerful 3D compositing toolset. Common tasks such as split-screen, screen inserts, and production removal will become second nature to you. By the end of this term, you will have learned many necessary skills including compositing CG and live-action effects elements into live-action plates.

  • How to speed up your professional workflow
  • Clean up shots with digital painting
  • Build amazing digital set extensions
  • Add dust, smoke and texture to add realism
  1. Intermediate Nuke Tools
  2. Introduction to Mocha Tracking & Rotoscoping
  3. Plate Stabilization & Split-Screen Shots
  4. Effects & CG Scene: Part 01
  5. Effects & CG Scene: Part 02
  6. Screen Insert Shots
  7. Background Paint Shots
  8. Intro to Nuke 3D: Part 01
  9. Intro to Nuke 3D: Part 02
  10. Production Removal
  11. Practical Effects & Live Action Compositing: Part 01
  12. Practical Effects & Live Action Compositing: Part 02
Term 2: 12 weeks

Foundations 3: Professional Digital Compositing

Expand your compositing artist toolkit by learning set replacement and advanced live-action green screen compositing techniques. Discover how to set up simple expressions and gizmos. Commonly-found, yet advanced tasks and techniques such as prop replacement, vector tools, and distortions will become commonplace for you. Advanced, multi-part shots requiring all aspects of a visual effects pipeline, including live-action, CG effects, and animated CG characters will provide the skills necessary to become a well-rounded junior compositor. By the end of this term, you will have learned many cutting-edge skills while also gaining the confidence necessary to independently problem-solve within studio-level shot assignments.

  • How to insert shots into monitors and TV screens
  • De-age an actor
  • Build a scene extension
  • Create a Sci-Fi holographic display
  1. Set Replacement & Independent Problem Solving: Part 01
  2. Set Replacement & Independent Problem Solving: Part 02
  3. Green Screens & Show Templates
  4. Prop Replacement
  5. Simple Expressions & Custom Tool Creation and Utilization
  6. CG Character & CG Scene: Part 01
  7. CG Character & CG Scene: Part 02
  8. In-studio Experience: Background Replacement
  9. Advanced Vector Techniques
  10. Distortions & Clean-Plating
  11. In-studio Experience - Live-Action & CG Compositing Project: Part 01
  12. In-studio Experience - Live-Action & CG Compositing Project: Part 02
Term 3: 12 weeks

Mentored Studio: Digital Compositing

Develop your compositing portfolio by creating exciting, one-of-a-kind shots. Utilizing a constantly-growing library of provided background plates and industry-quality feedback at every step, you will integrate all prior-learned skills within compositing while polishing your portfolio. All custom shots are created for the sole purpose of building an exciting demo reel to get noticed by potential employers. This is your opportunity to show the world what you are capable of!

  • How to polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Interviewing and negotiation strategies
  • Effective networking and self-promotion
  • Accessing the hidden job market 

Students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager. Read more about our career services.

  1. Career Pathways
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Portfolio Upgrade
  4. Networking and Online Presence
  5. Resume and Cover Letter
  6. Job Hunting
  7. Freelance Work
  8. Interviews and Pitching
  9. Personal Projects and Challenges
  10. Working in a Studio
  11. Contracts and Negotiations
  12. Personal Roadblocks
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)

Get direct access to 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

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Frequently asked questions

Nuke Compositing course FAQs

This course requires the successful completion of the Foundations of Nuke Compositing course or portfolio submission demonstrating professional experience as a compositor with an accompanying portfolio reel/resume.

If documentable professional experience is not available, then the following needs to be demonstrated:

  • General understanding of Nuke and its layout
  • Basic tracking and rotoscoping skills using Nuke’s toolset
  • Basic color keying (greenscreen/bluescreen) skills using Nuke’s toolset
  • Basic live-action and computer-generated object compositing
  • Basic effects-based compositing (using computer-generated and live-action FX elements)

If you are unsure if your skills are sufficient, send us your portfolio and we'll arrange a review by the department head and a possible student interview, depending on circumstances.


You will also need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


A student license of Nuke and Mocha 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 and Mocha.

The Nuke Compositing Course is designed to get you ready to hit the ground running at your next job. It 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 graduation 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