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Visual Effects – Pathway for Digital Media Production

“If a shot is done well, nobody even notices it, but that’s the whole point.” - Anonymous

 

Stills from students’ visual effects short films and its making

 

Overview

The Visual Effects pathway aims to develop technical and creative competency in students to generate industry standard manipulated moving imagery. They will engage in a comprehensive process in VFX with inputs in the several aspects of the production pipeline of a studio environment. This course offers a unique opportunity for collaborative learning through crossovers with the Digital Film Production course. Students will work closely with film students on courses and projects to better understand the several aspects of VFX compositing. Students can work towards becoming motion graphics artists, rotoscopy artists, clean-up and prep artists, match-move artists, 3D dynamics artists, 3D generalists for VFX, 2D compositors, and 3D compositors.

 

Stills from students’ visual effects short films and its making

 

Exit Criteria

YEAR 1

At the end of year 1 students will:

  • Understand the basics of Visual Effects along with fundamentals of image making and its manipulation
  • Gain an understanding of various techniques of moving image and 2D compositing
  • Be able to work with different technical aspects of pre-production such as motion graphics, camera work, rotoscopy and green screen using 2D compositing software

YEAR 2

At the end of year 2 students will:

  • Become proficient in industry standard technical 3D software
  • Gain expertise in 3D dynamics, animation and compositing at an advanced level

YEAR 3

At the end of year 3 students will:

  • Be able to formulate and execute a visual effects project
  • Learn to apply investigative thinking and develop project managerial skills

 

Stills from students’ visual effects short films and its making

 

Opportunities

Duration

Visual Effects - Employment Opportunities

After 1st year

Motion graphics artists, rotoscopy artists, clean-up and prep artists and match move artists

After 2nd year

Set modelers, texturing artists, lighting artists, dynamics / effects artists and junior compositor

After 3rd year

Line supervisors, 3D generalists, 3D effects artists and VFX compositors

 

Stills from students’ visual effects short films and its making