What Coursework is Included in a Typical Visual Effects Animation Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|Compositing with Nuke|
|Concepting with ZBrush|
|Lighting and Rendering with V-Ray and Arnold|
|Maya Polygonal Modeling|
|MEL and Python Scripting|
|Professional Development in Animation|
|Storyboard & Animatic|
What is Visual Effects Animation?
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.
What are the Types of Courses for Visual Effects Animation Programs?
A typical BA or BFA program offers instruction in art, animation, design, and visual effects. A large amount of lab work is required and students will have the opportunity to master industry standard visual effects software such as Autodesk Maya & MotionBuilder, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Z-Brush, and Nuke and PFTrack. During the first several months of study, students will take general education courses such as Math, Psychology, Science, Communication, Writing, Literature, and History. Students will also take beginning major courses such as Drawing, Design Basics, Media Sound & Visual, Animation, 3D Modeling, Compositing, and Concept Art.
The junior and senior years will be spent taking upper level courses such as Texture & Lighting, 3D Modeling 2, Character Rigging, Dynamic Effects, Animation 2, Compositing 2, Motion Studies, Reel Production, and Creative Pre-Production. For additional reference, the following is an example of the types of 3D animation and visual effects courses offered at New York Film Academy:
- Acting for Animation
- Advanced Rigging1
- Character Design
- Compositing with Nuke
- Concepting with ZBrush
- Lighting & Cameras
- Lighting and rendering with V-Ray and Arnold
- Maya Polygonal Modeling
- MEL and Python Scripting
- Particle Dynamics and Visual Effects in Maya
- Professional Development in Animation
- Storyboard & Animatic
- UV Mapping
During the final year of study, visual effects animation students will have the opportunity to complete a creative project or portfolio and an internship. The internship gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make valuable contacts in the entertainment and gaming industries.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Visual Effects Animation?
Visual effects animation graduates typically choose careers in animation, film or gaming. Possible jobs include animator, visual effects animator, game designer, game artist, VFX artist, production artist, art director, illustrator, art director, filmmaker, producer, director, and multimedia artist.
Schools to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning