Profiles of Visual Effects Programs & Schools

Programs to consider:

Drexel

Drexel University is a top ranked national university situated in the heart of Philadelphia and home to some 11,000 undergraduates. It also boasts the distinguished Westphal College of Media Arts & Design which couples studio work with experiential learning.

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Vancouver Film School

Vancouver is home to the third largest film and TV production city in North America, earning it the nickname Hollywood North and attracting significant industry attention, professionals and (surprise, surprise) jobs. It’s little wonder that a healthy dose of animation programs have cropped up on the lush Pacific shores of Canada in the last few decades, but one in particular is tough to beat. Vancouver Film School offers three distinct animation programs that each draw wide industry praise while beckoning students from around the world.

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Visual effects schools in Illinois

The state of Illinois is home to one large city—Chicago. Although Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, and Naperville are listed as “principle” cities, their populations pale in comparison to Chicago’s. With a population of more than 3.1 million (worldatlas.com), Chicago is the nation’s third largest city, and the Chicago metropolitan area is the 29th largest in the world. Like most large cities across the U.S., Chicago is progressive and home to a lively art and culture scene. This makes it a top choice for aspiring artists of all kinds—including visual effects artists.

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Visual effects schools in Florida

Florida is home to digital artists of all kinds from animators to game designers to visual effects artists. They work for historic studios such as Universal Studios, and soon , possibly 500 digital artists and others may have the opportunity to work at a $40 million, 120,000-square-foot studio in Port St. Lucie, brought to you by Digital Domain. In addition, Florida is home to the Dave School—one of the top visual effects schools in the U.S. as well as major visual arts colleges such as New World School of Arts. Students can select from a variety of majors from animation to visual effects.

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Visual effects schools in California

There’s no better place on the map for aspiring visual effects artists than the state of California. The Golden State is home to more artists than any other state in the U.S., and the entertainment industry here is the largest in the world. The state is home to top film studios such as DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Fox Searchlight, Universal Studios, Focus Features, Columbia Pictures many more. Although the Los Angeles area is the top location for aspiring visual effects artists, they can also find an active scene in cities such as San Jose, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Redwood City, Long Beach, and Glendale.

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University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts Summer Program

It isn’t every day that a prospective animator or 3D artist has the opportunity to work alongside a dedicated group of colleagues, industry professionals and mentors in the heart of the film industry for an immersive summer experience.

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At Animation Career Review we have published dozens of articles detailing the different types of degree programs available in animation, design, gaming, and related fields. Each article defines the program, details the typical coursework involved and notes the type of career paths available to someone with that particualr degree. Bookmark this handy dandy list for future use.

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Visual Effects Animation

What Does Visual Effects Animation Mean?

Visual effects animation (or animation & visual effects) is the art of using 3D modeling, character animation, character rigging, lighting and other techniques to create animations and visual effects for film, television, games, ads, applications, and more. Examples of visual effects animation can be seen in animated films, console games, computer games, education and training materials, and more.

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 Visual Art

What Does Visual Arts Mean?

Visual arts or just “visual art” includes art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, printmaking, and photography. Visual art may also be used to describe art produced by digital means. Animation, film, and graphic design can be considered visual art. Visual art does not include art forms such as music. 

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Visual Effects

What Does Visual Effects Mean?

Visual effects is the process of creating imagery outside of live action shoots. This imagery is typically either too elaborate or even dangerous to create for or capture on film. Some visual effects (also called F/X or VFX) combine live action and say, computer generated imagery, while others are totally computer generated. Some of the most celebrated VFX scenes can be seen in films such as The Dark Knight (2008), Iron Man (2008), Titanic (2007), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006). 

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