Visual Effects course 2021

Learn how to create photorealistic digital elements, and integrate them seamlessly with live action footage! Gain experience with the entire VFX pipeline in this intensive course taught exclusively by VFX industry specialists. Create your own, unique live action VFX shot – and get ready to enter the industry as a junior VFX generalist! The VFX course runs 16 August to 10 December 2021. The application deadline is June 4.

The professional training course in Visual Effects at TAW teaches the knowledge and skills to create photo realistic computer graphics, and integrate them seamlessly with live action footage.

Course content
The Visual Effects course teaches the creation of all kinds of photorealistic graphic elements, including set extensions, vehicles, and other assets, as well as matte paintings and projections. Participants will work within the industry standards for software. Course instruction and exercises will support students’ skills as they work on their final project: a short live action scene with integrated CG elements. The instructors will help you define and shape it using recorded live action footage. At the end, we guide you in constructing your shot breakdowns and showreels, and you will be ready to start work immediately as a junior VFX generalist for film or animation studios.

● An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals and revised continuously
● Instructors are all active professionals with updated and production-tested knowledge
● Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
● Access 24-7 to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software
● Access to camera equipment
● A professional network
● Access to all extra-curricular activities at TAW, including lectures, sports, workshops, life drawing, social activities, and more
● 17 weeks immersed in a creative and social environment

Leigh Russell. CG consultant. Star Wars, Interstellar, Hunger Games and Harry Potter
Giancarlo Gallinoro. Environment artist. The King’ Man (2021), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 
Gianpietro Fabre – TBC. Lead texture artist at Framestore, London. Tom and Jerry (2021), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Wonder Woman (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Josh Parks - TBC. Parks Senior VFX compositor at Trixter. Lovecraft Country (2020), Game of Thrones (S8E3, 2018), Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018), Holmes & Watson (2018)
And more professionals from top VFX studios

PLACE: The Animation Workshop/VIA University 
COURSE DATES: August 16 – December 10, 2021 (includes 1 week holiday)

The VFX course is designed for and open to CG, compositing, and VFX artists and anybody with an interest in creating visual effects. When applying, you will be asked to provide a CV, a motivation letter, and a showreel or portfolio. Your portfolio may consist of simple exercises.

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The VFX course is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA program.