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8 weeks

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40 hours / week

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About the course

Our FX course guides you in your transition into a professional FX artist career, developing and improving your abilities to deliver high-quality content on time for feature films and episodic shows.

You will improve your creative and technical skills and learn professional workflow techniques.

Recommended skills

  • Basic understanding of Houdini
  • Basic knowledge of Attributes and Groups: need to understand how attribute data flows and groups help
  • Basic knowledge of POP: need to know how to control particles
  • Basic understanding of VEX and VOP: to use scripting and visual scripting
  • Basic understanding of Rigid body (bullet) systems: destruction with constraints
  • Basic understanding of Pyro solver: explosion and fire, dust
  • Basic understanding of Flip solver: water
  • Good presentation skills, with an eye for physics

What we offer

  • Intensive training from our industry-leading artists
  • Access to studio-grade virtual workstations, software, and rendering
  • You will be encouraged and coached to create a professional showreel of your work which you can take with you after completing the course
  • Continued access to tutorials after the course
  • A digital badge and certificate to share on your LinkedIn profile
  • Ongoing recruitment opportunities and continued contact with the Technicolor Creative Studios community

What our students say

“I really appreciated the "industry like" projects, I had the opportunity of improving my skills and have a serious reel that includes exploding buildings, tank firing and so on.“

Lorenzo Foti

“I really liked the Academy even if I think I started from a not too high level of knowledge. Sometimes I had to rush and struggled to get the assignment done. But with the help of Matthew and the other students I learned a lot and got to get through it.“

Alessandro Pivetta

“I am going to have a really good memory of my first contact with the industry with this course.“

Julia Mora

“The most valuable thing I found was the feedback I received from the leads because it really helps me push towards improving my work.“

Valenthina Quiroz

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Who can apply

  • Recent graduates of a VFX-related program or entry/junior level candidates with some experience looking for their first break in the VFX industry
  • Candidates who are ready to cross the bridge from learning to a professional career

How to enrol

  • Apply with your department-specific demo reel and CV attached
  • Provide the information required in the pre-screening questionnaire
  • Your eligibility is based on the location to which you apply; the Admissions team will review if you are eligible and willing to work in that location after the virtual course
  • All applicants must complete a standardized skills test provided by the Admissions team
  • Receive feedback on results and revise if necessary
  • Complete a brief interview with an Admissions or Academy team member
  • Admissions team will confirm your enrolment in the designated course’s start date

Virtual workstations

We use the Teradici remote desktop client to connect to our Cloud Virtual workstations, which will run on almost any computer with the following operating systems: Windows, macOS and Linux.

You will need at least a 10MB broadband connection (20mb+ recommended).

Our cloud workstations provide all required software and course assets.

Minimum Requirements

  • Laptop or workstation with webcam, microphone and speakers/headset
  • External monitor with HD resolution
  • 3-button mouse
  • 10mb/s Broadband (20MB+ recommended)
  • Wacom tablet – list of Teradici compatible models here

Apply now

New start dates are pending for all locations. Explore our learning resources & materials to get a taster of our courses and explore jobs at Technicolor Creative Studios.

Learn from the best in the industry

Our trainers have worked on award-winning projects, including:

The One and Only Ivan

Over 45% of Super Bowl spots in 2022

The Jungle Book

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Life of Pi

The Lion King

Harry Potter


The One and Only Ivan

Over 45% of Super Bowl spots in 2022

The Jungle Book

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Life of Pi

The Lion King

Harry Potter


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