Digital Visual Effects Program
The Digital Visual Effects training program will create the next wave of digital artists and film makers.
There is an applied art within motion picture production that is the nexus between live action and digital animation: visual effects. Television, film and visual effects studios, both local and abroad, have an increasing demand for well trained visual effects artists. With the success of locally produced films such as District 9, Night at the Museum 1 and 2, 2012, Final Destination, The Watchmen, A Team, Percy Jackson, the Twilight franchise, and Sucker Punch, as well as the amazing amount of television productions being completed in BC, local companies are looking to fill the demand for skilled visual effects artists.
The program's goal is to train industry-ready visual effects artists with the necessary background, motivation, work ethic, skills and aesthetics to become leaders in the field. The program will cover everything you need to know from conceptual development through to technical production to empower graduates with the skills to confidently engage in the complex and fast changing technical and creative environment of the visual effects industry.
Graduates of the Digital Visual Effects program will be able to:
Work with complex computer graphics technologies to create key visual effects shots using advanced effects software including compositing, matchmoving, rotoscope, 3D modelling and texturing, 3D simulation and effects.
Build a professional portfolio and demo reel of original creative effects projects with the potential to produce these projects independently.
Analyze and apply the appropriate use of technology specific to the creative needs of a visual effects production.
Analyze and implement the technical, conceptual and artistic processes necessary to produce high quality visual effects work as independent filmmakers, or as part of the production pipeline for a studio's visual effects team.
Demonstrate a professional and collaborative attitude, excellence in interpersonal skills and communications, and understand the roles, responsibilities and relationships within a production team.
In order to graduate from the Digital Visual Effects program, the students must successfully complete all the component courses. Students must also successfully complete all courses in one term before continuing to the next term.
Graduates of the Digital Visual effects will have the necessary technical, artistic and creative skills to work in the visual effects industry on film, television and other media related projects. Graduates may find work as visual effects artists specializing in rotoscope, matchmove, compositing, 3D effects and simulation, lighting or technical direction.
Graduates may continue their training in a related discipline including Capilano Universities Digital Animation program.
BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature student status
English Language Requirement, TOEFL/ELA/IELTS/CAEL/PTE for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, computer=220, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University ESLF 080 with a minimum B+ grade.
Applicants will be expected to provide the following: A letter of intent indicating their interest in the visual effects field and any previous related experience (if applicable); A portfolio and/or demo reel of relevant work.
This program is well suited to students who have excellent artistic vision, a passion for film and animation as well as a great problem solving and technical skills.
The program is open to high-school graduates, graduates of film, animation and visual art programs and self-trained artists wanting to develop new skill-sets for entry into the visual effects workforce.
Application deadline: May 15, 2012
Course Start Date: September 2012
Applications received after May 15 will be subject to seat availability.
Apply for Admission/Readmission online or by downloading and completing an application form. Completed applications must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee, official transcripts and other pertinent documents, and should be submitted to:
Registrar's Office Capilano University, Birch building, room 230 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3H5 Phone: 604.984.4900 Fax: 604.984.1798
|First Term||Course Credits||Required Credits|
|VFX 100||Visual Effects Foundation I||3.00|
|VFX 110||Digital Compositing I||3.00|
|VFX 120||Visual Effects Modelling and Texturing I||3.00|
|VFX 130||Visual Effects Animation I||3.00|
|VFX 140||Digital Matte Painting I||3.00|
|Second Term||Course Credits||Required Credits|
|ENGL 100||Academic Writing Strategies||3.00|
|VFX 101||Visual Effects Foundation II||3.00|
|VFX 111||Digital Compositing II||3.00|
|VFX 121||Visual Effects Modelling and Texturing II||3.00|
|VFX 131||Visual Effects Animation II||3.00|
|Third Term||Course Credits||Required Credits|
|VFX 200||Visual Effects Lighting and Rendering||3.00|
|VFX 205||Visual Effects Production I||3.00|
|VFX 210||Digital Compositing III||3.00|
|VFX 231||Visual Effects Animation III||3.00|
|VFX 240||Digital Matte Painting II||3.00|
|Fourth Term||Course Credits||Required Credits|
|Total Program Credits||60.00|
|CMNS 133||Business Communications for the Visual Effects Industry||3.00|
|VFX 215||Visual Effects Production II||6.00|
|VFX 220||Visual Effects Demo Reel||3.00|
|VFX 230||Visual Effects Work Project||3.00|
- N. BOUGHEN
NACC IDP, Dip.of Fine Arts (Douglas College), Dip. Of Stagecraft Technology (Douglas College)
- A. GARLAND
Cert. Digital Animation (Capilano College)
- E. HENDERSON
Dip of Fine Arts (Emily Carr)
- A. SALE
Softimage Instructor, Cert. in 3-D Animation & Digital Effects (VFS)
- C. SIMMONS
Dip. Digital Art & Design, Dip. Fine Arts (University College of the Cariboo), Cert. Instructor Development (New Brunswick)
- A. WAKEFIELD
Cert. in 3D Animation & Digital Effects (VFS), Dip. in Fine Arts (Malaspina University College)
- K. WIGHT
BFA (Emily Carr), MFA (SFU), Coordinator