VFX Course Taught By Established Industry Artists

Learn VFX and turn your creative passion into a career!

From Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War, to Game of Thrones and Lost in Space, VFX is everywhere! And the need for trained VFX artists is growing rapidly.

But where to begin learning? With techniques evolving constantly and VFX software becoming more complex, it can be challenging to learn VFX on your own. Online tutorials often leave you with even more questions, and many visual effects schools require you to be on campus for classes.

That’s where CG Spectrum visual effects school comes in!

Not only can you take our online VFX courses from the comfort of your own home, you’ll also be personally mentored by award-winning industry artists who have worked on your favorite films. They’ll walk you step-by-step through the entire VFX production process, giving you plenty of hands-on experience, plus the confidence and skills to pursue an exciting career in the film industry.

Foundation for VFX Course Overview

In just 10 months, this VFX for beginners course will give you a solid foundation in 3D modeling, animation and VFX, so you can confidently decide for yourself which area you would like to specialize in. You’ll learn VFX software (Maya, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine 4 and Houdini) used by top production studios all over the world.

Enjoy a personalized education experience as you watch your mentor in real-time work through and give feedback on your project files. Once you complete your VFX course, you can further your studies with an Advanced Diploma in your chosen discipline. Enroll today and make your dream career in film a reality!

Start Date

September 7th, 2020

Duration

10 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A student educational license of Maya, Substance Painter and Houdini is provided to all students for free

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Beginner

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

Animation & Modeling for VFX

Animation & Modeling for VFX

Dive right in to your VFX course with 3D modeling, animation and visual effects exercises using Maya, Substance Painter, and Houdini. Practice setting up a proper workflow–a vital skill you’ll use throughout your career. Have a go at creating a realistic animation using the 12 Principles of Animation, then move onto basic 3D props. Finish with portfolio pieces including animation walk cycles, character jumps, 3D models such as stylized props or weapons, plus a space rover or robot model.


Learn how to:

  • Be fluent in software used by VFX studios
  • Animate and build 3D models from scratch
  • Create believable motion in your animation
  • Retopolgize hi-res objects for clean line flow

Weekly Breakdown

Animation Foundations (Stream A)

  1. Introduction: 3D Animation
  2. Introduction: Animations Rigs
  3. Posing a Character
  4. Timing & Spacing
  5. Squash & Stretch
  6. Overlap & Follow Through
  7. Poses & Transitions
  8. Flour Sack Jump
  9. Lower Body Walk Cycle
  10. Upper Body Walk Cycle
  11. Adding a Prop
  12. Polish & Presentation

3D Modeling Foundations (Stream B)

  1. Introduction: Modeling
  2. Blocking a Model with Reference
  3. Model Finalizing & Cleanup
  4. Re-Topology Basics
  5. Using Deformers
  6. Lighting & Rendering
  7. High Poly Modeling for Film
  8. Low Poly Modeling for Games
  9. UV Theory
  10. UV Layout & Texture Preparation
  11. Introduction: Substance Painter
  12. Texturing & Presentation

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 02

Intermediate VFX Techniques

Intermediate VFX Techniques

Build on your animation and 3D modeling foundation knowledge with more complex projects. Start animating characters interacting with their surroundings and see how they respond to physical force by creating combat actions for film and games. Next, you’ll learn all about human anatomy and create your own 3D character with clothing, hair and accessories. Finally, using a concept design as a guide, you’ll create a realistic 3D environment with assets like buildings, trees, rocks and props.


Learn how to:

  • Realistically animate characters
  • Build your own character animation rig
  • Create 3D environments from scratch
  • Texture, light and render 3D assets

Weekly Breakdown

Intermediate Animation (Stream A)

  1. Lower Body Run Cycle 01
  2. Lower Body Run Cycle 02
  3. Full Body Run Cycle 01
  4. Full Body Run Cycle 02
  5. Forces & Weight 01
  6. Forces & Weight 02
  7. Weight Lift 01
  8. Weight Lift 02
  9. Combat Actions 01
  10. Combat Actions 02
  11. Fight Scene 01
  12. Fight Scene 02

Intermediate 3D Modeling (Stream B)

  1. Introduction: Character Modeling
  2. Character Modeling Techniques
  3. Clothing and Accessories
  4. Character UV & Texturing
  5. Hair in Maya
  6. Character Presentation
  7. Introduction: Environment Modeling
  8. Environment Basics: Modeling
  9. Environment Basics: Texturing
  10. Organic Modeling
  11. Hard Surface Modeling
  12. Texturing & Presentation

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

FX & Compositing for VFX

FX & Compositing for VFX

Your VFX training is not complete until you can confidently produce stunning visual effects for the film in Houdini and Nuke. Learn how to create dynamic particle effects and seamlessly implement them into a scene using lighting and rendering. Then bring it all together in a final composition. By the end of this course you will have a hands-on understanding of the VFX pipeline, several cool portfolio pieces, and a clearer idea of which specialty you wish to pursue in the film industry.


Learn how to:

  • Create unreal visual effects for film
  • Use simulation and particle techniques
  • Light and composite your shot
  • Professionally present your work

Weekly Breakdown

VFX Production

  1. Introduction: Houdini Projects
  2. Procedural Modeling Tools
  3. Visual Operators
  4. VEX & Copy Tools
  5. Lighting & Materials
  6. Particle FX
  7. Intermediate Surface Concepts
  8. Intermediate Particle FX Concepts
  9. Intermediate Material Concepts
  10. Houdini in Production
  11. Nuke Compositing Tools
  12. Polish & Presentation

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

Simon Warwick

Simon Warwick

Mentor of 3D Animation

Known for

Batman: Arkham Knight

Mark Pullyblank

Mark Pullyblank

Dept. Head of 3D Animation

Known for

Avatar

Jeremy Chinn

Dept. Head of 3D Modeling

Known for

Big Hero 6

Ben Fox

Ben Fox

Mentor of Houdini FX

Known for

Interstellar VR

Alumni Testimonials

Studios Who Hire Our Alumni

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The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Whether studying full-time or working around a busy schedule, CG Spectrum’s virtual learning model allows you to study when you want, where you want.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built digital art courses and hands-on teaching method ensure the skills you gain are exactly those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

Ready to Start Something Great?

Tuition & Study Options

Small Class Option

If you enjoy learning with others and sharing ideas, small group classes are for you! Fun, engaging and capped at 5 students max, this is an affordable way to learn VFX from a top industry mentor. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and would like to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if your schedule is rather busy, consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1075 USD

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$3225 USD

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$7995 USD

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

1-On-1 Private Option

Progress faster as an artist with 1-on-1 mentorship! Private tuition offers a higher level of individual attention and more flexibility to schedule classes around work and family commitments. Your mentor can also customize the VFX course based on your particular strengths and interests. This option is perfect for those looking to change careers to get into the industry, or established artists looking to upskill or change specialties.

MONTHLY

$1350 USD

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$4050 USD

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$9995 USD

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

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