Houdini Training Taught By Industry Mentors

Learn Houdini FX from the experts and become a working VFX artist!

Houdini is the industry standard software used for visual effects in amazing films like Avengers: Infinity War, Spider Man Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Houdini’s strong industry presence has also been growing in the realms of games and virtual reality. It’s a versatile and powerful skill to learn.

But learning Houdini software can seem daunting with its complicated interface and array of capabilities. Online Houdini tutorials are a good start, but nothing beats learning from the professionals who are actually creating the mind-blowing VFX you see in blockbuster films and video games.

You’ll be matched with an established industry mentor who will teach you the latest techniques studios expect you to know. Get the edge over the competition when applying for your first job. Enroll today!

Houdini FX Course Overview

In 10 months, you will understand how to harness the true power of procedural, node-based workflow techniques to create destruction, explosions, water simulations and everything in between. Discover the power of Rigid Body Dynamics and geometry fracturing in order to create complex destruction scenes, and get hands on experience modeling, texturing, simulating and rendering believable VFX shots from scratch.

Each week, your mentor will review your project files live while you watch, providing feedback and knowledge gained from the field. Along the way, you’ll learn essential optimization techniques to get the most out of your renders and push the limits of your shots.

Finish the course with an awesome portfolio, solid networking skills, and rapport with a mentor who will be able to speak to your skills as you apply for VFX jobs.

Start Date

Oct 5th, 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 Houdini software is provided to all students for free

The Foundry

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

Fundamentals & Particle FX

Fundamentals & Particle FX

Start with the fundamentals of FX and simulations with Houdini software. Learn scripting with VEX and see how scripts can help create more complex VFX shots. Learn all about particles in Houdini and the concepts behind what drives them. Dive in to advanced geometry concepts which will help you build assets for your VFX shots and ultimately destroy them! Apply rendering techniques used in VFX production and start building your first fully rendered shots.


Learn how to:

  • Navigate the Houdini user interface
  • Build geometry for your simulations
  • Understand and apply particle concepts
  • Light and render your shots

Weekly Breakdown

  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

TERM 02

Rigid Body Dynamics & Pyro

Rigid Body Dynamics & Pyro

Explore procedural modeling and create a believable destruction shot using Rigid Body Dynamics (RBD). You’ll play with geometry fracturing and a range of FX solvers and constraints (Pin, String, and Glue Constraints) to dictate your simulation’s physical behavior. No FX artist’s skill set is complete without knowing how to blow stuff up! During this semester you’ll also discover how to create feature film quality smoke, fire, and explosions using the Pyro Solver and create impressive destruction shots.


Learn how to:

  • Use Rigid Body Dynamics & constraints
  • Add complexity with data driven particles
  • Create realistic smoke, dust, fire, liquid
  • Produce complex explosion simulations

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Rigid Body Simulation
  2. Geometry Fracturing Techniques
  3. Working with Constraints
  4. Intermediate Simulation Concepts
  5. Production Shot Part 01
  6. Production Shot Part 02
  7. Volume Simulations
  8. Intermediate Pyro Smoke Concepts
  9. Introduction to Pyro Fire FX
  10. Intermediate Pyro Fire FX
  11. Pyro FX Production – Part 1
  12. Pyro FX Production – Part 2

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

Liquid & Vellum FX + Portfolio

Liquid & Vellum FX + Portfolio

In your final term of Houdini training, you’ll get your feet wet with liquid simulations. Practice creating everything from a splash in a pond to a raging ocean, and efficient ways to speed up your render times. You’ll learn how to create simulations for cloth, hair, and grains using the new Vellum solver. By the end of this course, you will have a deep understanding and hands-on experience creating realistic simulations for feature film and TV, along with impressive VFX shots for your portfolio.


Learn how to:

  • Create advanced liquid simulations
  • Generate realistic ocean scenes
  • Use the Vellum solver for cloth & hair
  • Render production shots for your portfolio

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Introduction: Liquid Simulations
  2. Intermediate Liquid Effects
  3. Advanced Liquid Effects
  4. Introduction: Houdini Ocean Tools
  5. Ocean Simulation Part 01
  6. Ocean Simulation Part 02
  7. Introduction to Vellum
  8. Velum Shelf Tools
  9. Vellum Hair
  10. Vellum Grains
  11. Final FX Project Part 01
  12. Final FX Project Part 02

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker

Mentor of Houdini FX

Known for

Star Wars: Battlefront II

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas

Mentor of Houdini FX

Known for

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Ben Frost

Ben Frost

Mentor of Houdini FX

Known for

Moana

Ben Fox

Ben Fox

Mentor of Houdini FX

Known for

Interstellar VR

Alumni Testimonials

Studios Who Hire Our Alumni

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Studio
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The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Learn Houdini from the comfort of your own home! Online classes make it easy to plan around busy schedules and study when convenient.

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 Houdini training and hands-on teaching method ensures the skills you gain are 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 Houdini FX 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 commitments. Your mentor can also customize your Houdini training 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 upgrade skills 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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