In George Brown College's Visual Effects graduate certificate program, students will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D animation, motion graphics, or audio/video editing for film and television.
1 year (3 semesters)
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In this three-semester Visual Effects graduate certificate program, students will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D animation, motion graphics, or audio/video editing for film and television. Preparing for a career in the postproduction industry, visual effects artists combine the skills of a programmer with the creativity of a designer. As members of film and television production teams, visual effects artists turn concepts into visual representation.
Visual effects artists hone their visual storytelling capabilities through the use of elements such as digital lighting, surface attribute design and camera composition. While learning the procedures for planning visual effects for film, students cover the techniques of procedural modeling and animation used in visual effects films.
The George Brown College School of Media & Performing Arts is certified by SideFX to teach Houdini on an academic level.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Design visual effects sequences using storyboarding and pre-visualization that meet production requirements.
- Use filmmaking and game terminology to communicate effectively throughout all stages of production.
- Complete the production of live action plates for use in visual effects.
- Manage the production of visual effects projects to meet production schedules.
- Identify hardware and software protocols specific to the field of visual effects.
- Analyze images and physical sets to digitally re-create lights, cameras, locations and objects.
- Create photo-real images to match live action footage.
- Recreate natural phenomena by using appropriate particle or dynamic effects.
- Integrate 2D and/or 3D computer generated imagery and live action elements.
- Create customized tools through software or scripting to allow for more advanced application of visual effects techniques.
- Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on the production of visual effects.
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|VSFX1001||Digital Visual Effects|
|VSFX1004||Procedural Modeling and Animation|
|VSFX1006||Visual Effects Project I|
|VSFX1007||Visual Effects Models and Shaders|
|VSFX1014||Particle System Effects|
|VSFX1015||Cinematography For Visual Effects|
|VSFX1016||Visual Effects Project II|
|VSFX1018||Visual Effects Rendering|
Detailed course outlines
The visual effects field in Toronto is a strong and well established industry. With a long history of providing cutting edge work to an international market, Toronto is a beacon not only for companies that film within Canada but also around the world.
Visual effects artists are able to move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:
- 3D Animator
- Texture Artist
- Technical Artist
- Environment Modeler
- Character Modeler
- Object Modeler
- Stop Motion Animator
- Visual Effects Artist
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* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.
International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.
This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.
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- Bachelor of Fine Arts OR Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Game, Graphics or Arts field
- Portfolio* (digital portfolio accepted)
- Applicant Questionnaire
*Instructions for submitting the portfolio will be provided to successful applicants during the application process. Please also see Special Requirements below.
** An opportunity to interview will be offered to select applicants only, upon review of the portfolio.
Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.
Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
Visit the International Admissions page for more information.
This program requires a portfolio of at least 15 pieces, built on visual techniques within the modeling and animation areas.
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If you are a college or university student or graduate, you may be eligible for program transfers or course-to-course transfers. We have transfer agreements with colleges and universities across Canada and internationally.
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