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:
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.
Put the skills you gained during the Introduction to Nuke course 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.
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.
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!
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.
This course requires the successful completion of the Introduction to Nuke Compositing Certificate 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:
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).
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:
Sean's worked at Walt Disney Animation, Technicolor VFX, and Sony on 100+ films and TV projects. Credits: Star Trek: Picard, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Avengers: Infinity War.Read full bio
Brittany has 50+ film & TV credits to her name including three Star Wars films, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther, Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049.Read full bio
Gen is an Oscar-nominated VFX Supervisor & Compositor who has worked at ILM, Mill Film, and Animal Logic. Credits: Love and Monsters, Doctor Strange, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road.Read full bio
With nearly a decade of feature film experience, Will's worked on titles like Spiderman: Far From Home and Captain Marvel while at Luma, ILM, and Sony.Read full bio
Based in London, Josh has worked at MPC, ILM, and Double Negative on films like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ready Player One, The Jungle Book, The Martian, and Spectre.Read full bio
Yasemin has worked at MPC London, Pixomodo LA, and Double Negative, Scanline, and Image Engine in Canada. Credits: Game of Thrones, Deadpool 2, and Pacific Rim.Read full bio
Jason is a Compositing Supervisor and Senior Compositor for TV. Credits: The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Bones, Criminal Minds, Empire, Ozark, Prison Break, and The Tick.Read full bio
With a background in compositing, design, motion graphics, animation and 3D, Jai's work can be seen in Ant-Man and Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.Read full bio
Gregory Ng is a Lighting and Compositing Artist at Luma Pictures in Melbourne. His long list of credits includes: Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.Read full bio
Since scoring his first compositing role on Iron Man 2 for Double Negative, Joel's been nominated for two VES awards and worked as an Additional VFX Supervisor for The Mandalorian.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 VFX Compositing 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).