Visual FX & 3D Animation

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Visual FX & 3D Animation

Do you love the spectacular, have an artistic talent and are you into all things digital? Then the field of Visual FX & 3D Animation is right for you!

A professional qualification or professional development in the field of Visual FX & 3D Animation opens the door for a career as a 3D/2D Animator, Rendering Artist, Look Dev Artist or VFX Coordinator, to name just a few.

Course content (excerpts from the curriculum)


Animation, VisualEffects, ColorCorrection, Grading, Montage


modeling, texturing

3D Rendering

shader, rendering, compositing, light composition


2D, 3D, storyboarding, thumbnailing, rigging

Project & Workflow

tracking, match moving, keying, particle, hair, crowd, fluid, node-based scripting


collaborative work processes in project work


financing, publication and marketing to target groups

Research & Development

research and analysis, project management and planning


Job profiles in the film and animation industry


Roto/Paint Artist, VFX Coordinator, MatchMover


3D/2D Animator, CG Generalist, Rigger

Rendering & Lighting

Look Dev Artist, Rendering Artist, Lighting TD

Learn and study

Course starts: March and September

Diploma: Professional training / Professional development

Bachelor: Full-time degree / Part-time degree

Master: Specialization / Professional qualification

18 months Diploma
The SAE Diploma provides the foundation for a career in the audio industry in 18 months. With a practical part of 80%, it enables a profound knowledge of the industry and many practical application studies train the own technical skills at an early stage. This makes the SAE Diploma a technical professional education with strong industry relevance, flexible time management and a high level of self-design.
18 months Bachelor
The study program includes two course parts, the prestigious and industry-recognized Diploma, and a BachelorĀ“s degree part where additional skills are learned and fields such as creative industry processes, project management, copyright and special techniques are taught. The program will lead to an internationally recognized BA/BSc (Hons) degree, validated by the University of Hertfordshire in London. The normal duration of study for the BA/BSc (Hons) including the Diploma is 36 months.

Admission requirements

Own notebook with internet access for theory tests, online lectures and lecture notes

For Bachelor: The admission requirement for our BA/BSc (Hons) bachelorĀ“s degree program is the successful completion of the diploma.

For Diploma: completed secondary school or Matura, minimum age: 18 years, obligatory advisory talk.


Your career advisors at campus Vienna





Our career advisors on campus will show you the opportunities within SAE during an on-site visit and inform you about departments, course content as well as job prospects and are happy to answer all your questions individually.

Become part of the successful community yourself

Take a look behind the scenes in a Workshop at the campus of your choice or in an online session.