Visual effects is an exciting field where no two days are the same! Launch your career with our industry mentors who will walk you through the entire VFX production process step-by-step, give you plenty of hands-on experience, plus the confidence and job skills to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Explore the right study option for your skill level – we have courses for beginners as well as established artists wanting to upgrade their skills.
Our specialized FX & Simulation and VFX Compositing courses will get you job-ready and give you a personalized education experience.
Studying visual effects opens up a variety of career opportunities. Explore the career paths that could be yours after graduating at CG Spectrum.
Get started in the exciting world of VFX. With the guidance of your industry mentor, you'll develop a solid understanding of this art and create your own visual effects shots from scratch.
9 months - 40hrs weekly
Build a solid foundation in 3D modeling, animation and VFX in this beginner's course and learn to use industry software like Maya, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine, Nuke and Houdini with an industry mentor as your guide.
3 months - 20hrs weekly
Once you've learned the basics of Houdini in this exciting short course, you'll be creating explosions and natural disasters in no time! Your mentor will show you how to set up professional workflows and give you a taste for what it's like to be an FX artist.
3 months - 20hrs weekly
Learn how to seamlessly integrate digital assets with live action footage in Nuke. You'll get the hang of Nuke's powerful interface, practice complex rotoscoping techniques and green screen keying, then build a VFX shot from scratch for your portfolio.
Challenge yourself to become a professional VFX artist. These courses get you job-ready by building on your fundamentals with more impressive shots so you graduate ready to apply for FX or compositing artist roles.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
This Nuke training prepares you creatively and technically for a career in the industry. Learn rotoscoping, digital painting, color theory, keying, scripting and lighting techniques used by top VFX artists, and graduate with an advanced understanding of compositing for film and TV.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
Harness the power of procedural node-based workflow techniques to create destruction, explosions, water simulations and more. Use rigid body dynamics and geometry fracturing to create complex scenes, and practice modeling, texturing, simulating and rendering VFX shots.
We’re proud to say that with an 80% employment success rate the majority of our advanced graduates are now working in the highly competitive film and games industry.
Studying visual effects can lead to many different types of careers, including;
Discover more about VFX jobs, salary expectations and tips to meet the minimum job requirements on our careers page.
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:
Progress faster with expert feedback from mentors and join an inspiring and supportive community of industry experts and peers.
Our mission is to make sure our students are best prepared for a successful career when they graduate.
We strive to provide affordable, high quality and personalized education and believe in the power of learning first-hand from industry experts who already established a fantastic career.
What makes CG Spectrum unique:
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!
I'm so glad I've chosen CG Spectrum's FX course.
I can honestly say that the amount I've learned in a year studying here is more than I could've ever learned in a traditional school or by myself. The mentors are incredibly knowledgeable about their field, and they're very helpful and patient. You get to be a part of an incredible community of talented students and mentors, I think that's one of the biggest advantages that this school offers.
I’m excited to start the new leg of my journey!
It isn’t every day you decide to quit your job, go back to school, graduate and get a new job in a field you’ve always dreamed about in less than 1 year. Needless to say, it has been one eventful year for me! I have to give a huge thanks to everyone at CG Spectrum for making this possible.
Your mentors are there to help you succeed!
I've been studying for almost a year now and have had people reaching out to me for jobs, which I never thought I'd have! Your mentors will know the people you need to know to in order to help you get your foot in the door.
Picking CG Spectrum has been the best decision I have ever made.
My 1-on-1 compositing mentor was fantastic and I could not have asked for anything more so in tune with the VFX Industry. I have learned so much.
CG Spectrum was hands down the best decision I've made for my career.
The learning material and staff were great and having an industry mentor was an invaluable asset that really helped me get my break in the VFX industry.
CGS was the most organized, polished-looking program to learn compositing.
In VFX, all of these skills change so much, so often, that getting taught by someone who is actively a pro in the field makes a whole lot of sense.
I’m not only learning the essentials of VFX but also key networking tips from my mentor.
I started CG Spectrum with no experience in visual effects. In my opinion, the education with CG Spectrum is the closest to giving me actual industry experience since I’m working alongside an industry vet whilst being taught the fundamentals of my trade. I can comfortably say I have more of a "peer to peer" relationship rather than "teacher to student", making it really easy to share my work and expect solid criticism.
Along with learning Nuke, I learnt a lot about the industry.
I studied VFX Nuke Compositing in CG Spectrum. I really enjoyed it and got very good experience in Nuke. The syllabus and materials are excellent and give a strong foundation in Nuke. They have very professional instructors whose work is prominent in big blockbuster movies.