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Visual Effects for Film and Television

Visual Effects for Film and Television

Program Code:VFT
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

In the Visual Effects for Film and Television program, you’ll be introduced to the various techniques used to create visual effects for film and television. Your studies will focus on the software tools used to create visual effects and issues involved in combining these effects with live action footage. Your final project will be a professional portfolio which may be used to apply for employment. Software taught in this program includes The Foundry’s Nuke compositing program and Autodesk’s Maya 3D package.

This program provides training in:

  • Industry overview and production techniques
  • Masking, keying-matte creation, motion tracking, image stabilization
  • 3D visual effects such as particle systems, motion graphics and texture mapping
  • Digital painting & retouching
  • 2D/3D integration
  • Color correction & film/video grain management
  • 3D Modelling, Texturing, Rendering and Lighting
  • 3D Tracking

Each class will consist of effects principles, hands-on demonstrations, exercises and projects. The student’s final demo reel is included in this program.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in fine art, 2D/3D animation, photography, film/video, architecture or graphic design; OR
  • Applicants with partial postsecondary education and relevant work experience may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • Portfolio that includes:
    • 5 pieces of work in either 2D or 3D formats that relate to visual effects and/or motion graphics
    • Cover letter

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a portfolio and cover letter.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their portfolio and cover letter.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • A background in one of more of the following: visual arts, classical animation, fine art, graphic design, or architecture/engineering or computer graphics
    • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere or any 3D program.

Fees

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Your Career

The entertainment industry needs qualified professionals to create visual effects. Earn a graduate certificate in Visual Effects for Film and Television in just two semesters and you could be in demand as a digital effects artist, digital compositor or lighting artist.

Affiliations/Associations

  • ACM SIGGRAPH
  • Visual Effects Society
  • Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
VFT701 2D and 3D Compositing
VFT710 Maya Dynamics
VFT711 Procedural Effects Animation
VFT712 Matchmoving for VFX
VFT714 Look Development for VFX
VFT715 Asset Development for VFX
VFT716 Introduction to Python Programming
VFT717 Surfacing I for Visual Effects
 
Semester 2
VFT801 2D and 3D Compositing II
VFT810 Maya Dynamics II
VFT811 Procedural Effects Animation II
VFT814 Look Development for VFX II
VFT815 Asset Development for VFX II
VFT817 Surfacing II for Visual Effects

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
VFT701 2D and 3D Compositing
VFT710 Maya Dynamics
VFT711 Procedural Effects Animation
VFT712 Matchmoving for VFX
VFT714 Look Development for VFX
VFT715 Asset Development for VFX
VFT716 Introduction to Python Programming
VFT717 Surfacing I for Visual Effects
 
Semester 2
VFT801 2D and 3D Compositing II
VFT810 Maya Dynamics II
VFT811 Procedural Effects Animation II
VFT814 Look Development for VFX II
VFT815 Asset Development for VFX II
VFT817 Surfacing II for Visual Effects

Contact Us

For general inquiries and to arrange a tour:
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33850
aac@senecacollege.ca
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Sharon Wong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
Sharon.Wong@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Sharina.Khan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Joe Raasch
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33857
Joe.Raasch@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
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