All FX & Simulation Courses

Study FX with industry pros and create mindblowing visual effects


Create incredible FX for film and games

Guided by a professional FX artist, you'll harness the true power of procedural, node-based workflow techniques to create destruction, explosions and water simulations, learning how to model, texture, simulate and render VFX shots from scratch.

CG Spectrum’s training programs include direct access to highly experienced FX artists who have worked at some of the world's best studios. As you move through the course you'll build cool pieces to add to your demo reel and develop critical job skills to get you closer to your dream job.

CG Spectrum is a SideFX Houdini certified certified school. This means our students receive the highest quality education and learn the latest techniques used by major studios.




Why study at CG Spectrum

Get a more hands-on education with mentorship from top film and game experts, an industry-approved curriculum and a thriving creative community cheering you on.

By giving you access to the most talented artists in the industry, we help you to become well connected, trained and prepared for life beyond school.

What you get when studying at CG Spectrum:

  • Personalized job-focused training & career services
  • Private 1-on-1  or small group classes
  •  Weekly live call with your mentor + recorded video critiques
  • Supportive and active community of peers, alumni, and mentors
  • Flexible schedules and 100% online, study from anywhere!

As an online school with students and mentors in 90+ countries, we're proud to bring the industry to you – wherever you are in the world!


Studios who have hired our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.


Have experienced FX specialists as your mentors

Master your skill set while getting expert feedback and support from your industry mentor in a live Q&A call each week. Your mentors are established FX artists with years of experience working on blockbuster films and hit TV shows at major studios.

Student Showcase

Explore student work and see what you can learn at CG Spectrum

Our students create high quality work that speaks for itself. We provide you with the tools and resources to help you build a portfolio that gets noticed.


Learn more about FX & Simulation

Discover free FX & Simulation resources and articles to inspire you on your journey into the film and games industry.

Frequently asked questions

FX & Simulation FAQs

Are FX artists in demand?

Yes! Skilled FX artists are in the top 5 most in demand VFX jobs

Visual effects are everywhere in movies, TV shows, games and advertising, even if not immediately obvious. Things that aren’t safe, practical or cost-effective to shoot in real life (e.g. fire, destruction, frosty breath, blood splatter, bullet hits, sparks, clouds, ocean extensions, splashes) are created by FX artists. 

Studios also rely on FX artists to fix all kinds of problems. If a scene requires snow, but it’s the wrong season or shoot location, FX artists will add it in. 

What qualifications do you need to be a VFX artist?

In order to get a job as a VFX artist, you will need a strong portfolio showing you have a good eye for detail, strong technical and artistic skills, and proficiency in industry software such as Houdini and Redshift. 

A SideFX Certified School, CG Spectrum teaches students how to model, texture, simulate and render all kinds of VFX shots from scratch using Houdini and Redshift to ensure they have a strong portfolio.

How do I start learning VFX?

Start learning VFX by taking an online FX course from CG Spectrum, a SideFX Certified School. You'll be personally mentored by professional FX artists who have worked on blockbuster films and best-selling games. The full study pathway is 12 months, and you'll be ready to start applying for junior FX jobs upon graduation.

You can also try to learn on your own by downloading the software and watching tutorials online. This can be more difficult, as it's hard to find reliable sources of information, and there's no one keeping you accountable or offering expert feedback on your work.