Ever wondered how those mindblowing effects in your favorite films and games are made? Find out how in this Houdini for beginners course. Guided by a your industry mentor, you'll learn Houdini fundamentals and begin creating your own VFX shots from scratch, even without prior experience.
Why study Houdini FX at CG Spectrum:
Start your journey into the film and game industry with CG Spectrum online visual effects school! Be personally mentored by FX artists who have worked at some of the best VFX studios, get plenty of hands-on experience, and graduate with original work for your demo reel.
Enjoy a personalized education experience like no other with unrivalled support and feedback from a mentor who is invested in your success. What a great way to start your career as an FX artist!
*This short course is a prerequisite to the advanced Houdini FX Course and will give you the foundational skills you need to continue on your educational pathway.
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 into 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.
*This short course is a prerequisite to the advanced Houdini FX Course. It will give you the foundational skills you need to continue on your educational pathway.
To be successful in this program you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).
Some previous knowledge of 3D software would be beneficial.
Studying FX can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry.
This short FX course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the more advanced Houdini FX Course will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.
The 9-month 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 FX jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:
Discover more VFX jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:
Daniel is a senior Houdini FX artist with 15 years of experience working on blockbusters such as Terminator: Dark Fate, John Wick 3, Aquaman, The Wolverine, and Game of Thrones.Read full bio
Originally from Hungary, Gyuri's work has taken him all over the world: from Weta in Wellington, to Animal Logic in Sydney, Method in Melbourne, and now Mainframe in Vancouver.Read full bio
Ben's worked on high-profile commercials and Unreal Engine VR experiences for projects like Game of Thrones, Interstellar and Ready Player One.Read full bio
Dave's been in film\TV\VFX\AR for 20 years, leading VFX teams at Animal Logic, Cutting Edge and Plasticwax. Credits: Aquaman, Avengers: Age of Ultron and two Lego movies.Read full bio
Claire has more than 25 years' experience as an FX artist for films and games on projects like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, X-Men First Class, and Clash of the Titans.Read full bio
Looking for financial aid? CG Spectrum has partnered with Hussian College to deliver accredited programs with access to financial aid for those who qualify. If you're in the United States, take a look at our online Houdini FX course through Hussian College, and see if you are eligible for financial assistance through federal and state programs for art college tuition and initiatives such as FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Hussian College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).