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Visual Effects for Film and Television

Available: Fall, Winter

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.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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.


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

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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.

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.

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


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.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Admissions 416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Joe Raasch 416.491.5050 ext. 33857

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488


Compositing reel created by Arminus B from the Visual Effects for Film and Television program. Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

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