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10 weeks

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40 hours / week

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About the course

Our Lighting course develops your understanding of color theory, perspective, and design theory, as well as your knowledge of lighting and its scientific principles.

You will practice working to deadlines within given timeframes and delivering on schedule while becoming adept at 3D and compositing programs.

Recommended skills

  • Basic understanding of Katana, Houdini, RenderMan, Nuke, PTGui & Meshroom
  • Problem-solving and debugging
  • Previous experience with any 3D software (Nuke experience would help most)
  • Understanding how light and shadows work
  • Additional Photography studies would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of how lights react on different materials
  • Understanding how various light sources affect the shaping of a subject
  • Looking at Katana tutorials before starting the Academy will help immensely.

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

“The quality of the assets and plates provided by the course was very high, and I enjoyed working with them. The workstation setup was also surprisingly fluid and painless and did not hinder the speed or quality of my learning.“

Joseph Waldron

“The most valuable part I found in completing the course was learning both Katana and Houdini workflows. I learnt so much more about these software's and couldn't be happier with the progress I have made along the way.“

Alistair Scott

“This course really provided a good opportunity for junior artists to learn new techniques and I really enjoy it!“

Jonny (Po Han) Chi

“Dailies and briefings were of much value. In a sense, it helped us develop our eye and of course, technical support's prompt response was of extreme value. Especially when issues occurred, and we were nearing the deadline.“

Stephanie Melendez-Tirado

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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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