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  • Visual Effects for Film and Television

    Visual Effects for Film and Television

Program Code:VFT
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

In the VFT program, you’ll be introduced to the various techniques used to create visual effects for film and television. Your studies will focus on the software tools used to create visual effects and issues involved in combining these effects with live action footage. The result of your final project will be a professional portfolio which may be used to apply for employment. Software taught in this course includes The Foundry's Nuke compositing program and Autodesk's Maya 3D package. Programs are normally offered twice per year.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or post secondary diploma from an accredited institution in a fine art, 2D/3D animation, photography, film/video, architecture, or graphic design; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be required to attend a mandatory arts based test and submit a visual arts based portfolio and resume. In the event of oversubscription, additional selection criteria may be used.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • One or more of the following: visual arts background; classical animation; fine art; graphic design; architectural/engineering or computer graphics including experience with Windows operating systems;
    • Additional experience with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, or any 3D program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The entertainment industry needs qualified professionals to create visual effects. Earn a graduate certificate in Visual Effects for Film and Television in just two semesters and you could be in demand as a digital effects artist, digital compositor or lighting artist.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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  • Industry overview and production techniques.
  • Masking, keying-matte creation, motion tracking, image stabilization.
  • 3D visual effects such as particle systems, motion graphics, texture mapping.
  • Digital painting & retouching.
  • 2D/3D integration.
  • Color correction & film/video grain management.
  • Green screen filming techniques.
  • 3D Modelling, Texturing, Rendering and Lighting.
  • 3D Tracking.

Each class will consist of effects principles, hands-on demonstrations, exercises and projects. The student's final demo reel is included in this program.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
VFT700 Motion Graphics 2
VFT701 2D and 3D Compositing 4
VFT710 Maya Dynamics 2
VFT711 Procedural Effects Animation 4
VFT712 Matchmoving for VFX 2
VFT714 Look Development for VFX 2
VFT715 Asset Development for VFX 3
VFT716 Introduction to Python Programming 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
VFT800 Motion Graphics 2
VFT801 2D and 3D Compositing II 6
VFT810 Maya Dynamics II 3
VFT811 Procedural Effects Animation II 3
VFT814 Look Development for VFX II 3
VFT815 Asset Development for VFX II 4

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website
For general inquiries and to arrange a tour, please call (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33850.
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Bridget De Vries
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Joe Raasch
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33857
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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“VFT is amazing. I learned all the modern tools and techniques and was able to hit the ground running when I got hired in the industry. ”

Cameron Kerrr
2009/2010 Alumni
Digital Compositor–Arc Productions

"If you can picture yourself doing something creative and rewarding with your life, then you can turn it around in about 8 months by taking the VFX program at Seneca."

Daniel St. Amant
2009/2010 Alumni
Digital Compositor–SohoVFX

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