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Digital Visual Effects

The Digital Visual Effects program is the only two-year college diploma offering of its kind in Ontario. Facilitated at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre, it provides you with the opportunity to learn the industry-standard techniques required to produce the photo-realistic visual effects seen in films that would be impossible to capture with a live-action camera.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $15,385
Location: Pickering, Canada

In this diploma program’s courses, you learn to work with the various aspects of the filmmaking process and bring them together into a seamless final product, while also developing your skills in industry-standard software. The Digital Visual Effects program focuses on the core skills needed to make you employable in the VFX industry and gives you the ability to explain how visual effects contribute to the entire process of storytelling in motion pictures.

You channel your efforts into demonstrating these concepts and core skills through a unique final project, for which you produce a demo reel suitable for job application in the visual effects field.

Program Highlights

  • You learn industry-standard techniques in image processing, editing, lighting, rendering, matte painting, set extension, compositing and post VFX that employers are looking for.
  • During the program, you produce a marketable demo and self-promotional package suitable for the VFX industry.
  • A field placement in the final semester provides a valuable opportunity to work in the visual effects industry.
  • You attend Digital Visual Effects courses at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre, located close to Toronto’s downtown core and the major VFX studios.
  • During your time in the program, you study and work in labs that are equipped with the latest tools and industry-standard software.
  • The program provides a practical, hands-on and entrepreneurial approach that prepares you for sustainable VFX-related careers.
  • Opportunities exist to collaborate with students in the digital animation, game design, photography, broadcasting, music, art and theatre programs at the Story Arts Centre. This is a unique opportunity to network, learn and work with industry professionals.

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Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Lighter
  • Look development artist
  • Matte painter
  • Compositor

Areas of Employment

  • TV
  • Film
  • Gaming

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