Nuke Course Taught By Top Industry Artists

Learn Nuke and find out what it takes to become a successful, in-demand Compositor!

From the exhilarating battle scenes in Avengers: Infinity War to the mind-bending sequences in Doctor Strange, VFX compositing helps seamlessly integrate digital assets with live action footage to bring the final shot together.

Today’s compositors use a variety of tools, but no tool is as popular as Nuke: the software used by studios such as Digital Domain, ILM and Weta.

The VFX industry is rapidly growing, which means the need for highly-skilled, talented compositors is too. There’s never been a better time to learn Nuke, the industry’s most powerful visual effects digital compositing package.

Whether you’re just starting out as a digital artist, making the switch from Adobe After Effects, or looking to enhance your compositing skills, our Nuke course has you covered.

Nuke Compositing Course Overview

There’s no better way to learn Nuke than from world-class industry mentors who have worked at major studios!

In 10 months, CG Spectrum’s Nuke training will prepare you creatively and technically for a career in the entertainment industry. Master rotoscoping, digital painting, keying, scripting and lighting techniques used by professional VFX artists.

Our VFX courses are designed to get you job-ready. Get an edge over the competition when applying for VFX jobs by learning the skills studios are hiring for.

Graduate with a custom built professional portfolio and the confidence to hit the ground running!

Start Date

April 6th, 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 Nuke software is provided to all students for free

The Foundry

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

Introduction to Nuke Compositing

Introduction to Nuke Compositing

Learn Nuke compositing essentials and get the hang of using professional workflows and tools. Master Nuke’s user interface and start experimenting with complex rotoscoping techniques (a fundamental aspect of VFX compositing). Next you’ll jump into green screen keying and find out how to integrate different elements into live action footage. Put your new knowledge into practice by building a VFX shot from scratch for your portfolio.


Learn how to:

  • Master rotoscoping and color keying
  • Add VFX elements to live-action shot
  • Rotoscope hard bodies and soft bodies
  • Seamlessly integrate digital backgrounds

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Introduction to VFX Compositing
  2. Breaking Down a Shot
  3. Intro to Rotoscoping
  4. Rotoscoping Hard Body Objects
  5. Rotoscoping Soft Body Objects
  6. Common Nuke Tools Breakdown
  7. Rotoscoping Unique Objects
  8. Compositing Project 01
  9. Color Keying 101
  10. Color Keying Real-World Demo
  11. Compositing Project 01
  12. Compositing Project 02

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 02

Intermediate/Advanced Nuke Skills

Intermediate/Advanced Nuke Skills

Semester 2 of the Nuke course tests your new skills with more challenging projects! Use your creativity to try out advanced rotoscoping and keying tools to produce complex shots. Move on to digital painting to clean up tracking markers and unwanted elements, then create digital set extensions and sky replacements. Discover how to set up simple expressions and gizmos. By now you’ll be good at managing clean, organized workflows.


Learn how to:

  • Speed up your professional workflow
  • Clean up shots with digital painting
  • Build amazing digital set extensions
  • Add dust, smoke and texture to add realism

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Intermediate Nuke Tools
  2. Intermediate Roto & Keying
  3. Live Action Integration
  4. 3D Stereo Compositing
  5. Digital Painting Techniques 01
  6. Digital Painting Techniques 02
  7. Set Extension/Sky Replacement
  8. Project Set Up
  9. Integration Project
  10. Simple Expression & Gizmos
  11. Advanced Compositing Tools
  12. Compositing Project 03

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

Lighting + Portfolio Development

Lighting + Portfolio Development

Grow your VFX artist toolkit by learning the complementary skill of lighting and rendering. Increase your understanding of integrating 3D rendered elements within a live action scene. Learn color theory, 3-point lighting, interior and exterior lighting. Use your rendered elements in your final compositing shots. Graduate the Nuke course with an advanced understanding of compositing for film & TV, plus a professional portfolio recruiters will notice.


Learn how to:

  • Affect mood with various lighting
  • Enhance shots using color theory
  • Realistically match on-set lighting
  • Professionally render your portfolio pieces

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Lighting Fundamentals
  2. 3-Point and Studio Lighting
  3. Shadows & Ambient Occlusion
  4. Interior Lighting
  5. Exterior Lighting
  6. Color Theory for lighting
  7. Character Lighting
  8. Lighting for Live Action
  9. Materials, Shaders & Rendering
  10. Cameras & Exposures
  11. Rendering
  12. Compositing Renders

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

Sean Amlaner

Sean Amlaner

Dept. Head of Nuke Compositing

Known for

Thor: Ragnarok

Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones

Mentor of Nuke Compositing

Known for

Game of Thrones

Josh Parks

Josh Parks

Mentor of Nuke Compositing

Known for

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Genevieve Camilleri

Genevieve Camilleri

Mentor of Nuke Compositing

Known for

Kong: Skull Island

Alumni Testimonials

Studios Who Hire Our Alumni

Studio
Studio
Studio

The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Learn Nuke compositing 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 online Nuke course 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 Nuke compositing from an industry mentor. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and want to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if your schedule is busy, consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1075

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$3225

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$7995

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 online Nuke 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

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$4050

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$9995

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

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