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  • Visual Effects for Film and Television

    Visual Effects for Film and Television

Program Code:VFT
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

In the Visual Effects for Film and Television 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. Your final project will be a professional portfolio which may be used to apply for employment. Software taught in this program includes The Foundry's Nuke compositing program and Autodesk's Maya 3D package.

This program provides training in:

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

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in fine art, 2D/3D animation, photography, film/video, architecture or graphic design; OR
  • Applicants with partial postsecondary education and relevant work experience may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • Portfolio that includes:
    • 5 pieces of work in either 2D or 3D formats that relate to visual effects and/or motion graphics
    • Cover letter

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a portfolio and cover letter.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their portfolio and cover letter.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • A background in one of more of the following: visual arts, classical animation, fine art, graphic design, or architecture/engineering or computer graphics
    • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere or any 3D program.


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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.


  • Visual Effects Society
  • Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Motion Graphics
2D and 3D Compositing
Maya Dynamics
Procedural Effects Animation
Look Development
Asset Development
Python for VFX
Semester 2
Motion Graphics II
2D and 3D Compositing II
Maya Dynamics II
Procedural Effects Animation II
Matchmoving II
Look Development II
Asset Development II

Note: Some classes will be scheduled on evenings and weekends.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and to arrange a tour, please call (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33850.
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Thomas Hein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
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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