Do you love the spectacular? Are you artistic? Do you appreciate digital? Then your talents may lie in the fields of visual FX and 3D animation!


Visual FX & 3D Animation Diploma



If you want to start or further develop your career in the Visual Effects or 3D Animation sector, you will find the appropriate vocational training or further education for you here. The Visual FX & 3D Animation Diploma qualifies you for work in the film industry, in post production companies, in the games industry or in the advertising industry - it primarily trains technical and craft activities in the field of Visual Effects & 3D Animation.

5 hours of theory per week can be expected, which combined with (recommended) 20 to 25 hours of practice and practice time, can lead to the recognized SAE Diploma in 2 years. By a balanced measure of theory and practice, students can already gain first practical experience in the future job.

Academic degrees at the SAE Institute





International certification in accordance with ISO 9001



Module 1: 2D Basics

  • Principles of Design
  • Thumbnailing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Still Life Drawing
  • Technical Drawing
  • Industrial Drawing
  • Professional Photo Imaging

Module 2: 3D Basics

  • Principles of 3D
  • Modeling Techniques
  • UV Mapping
  • Classic Texturing
  • Modular Workflow
  • Highpoly Modeling
  • Render to Texture
  • Export Pipeline

Module 3: Basics Rendering & Animation

  • History of Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • 3D Animation & Rigging
  • Principles of Lighting
  • Camera
  • Material Theory & Shader
  • Rendering

Module 4: Introduction to VFX

  • VFX Production Pipeline
  • Compositing Fundamentals

Module 5: Motion Graphics

  • 2D Animation
  • Notebased Compositing
  • 3D Tracking
  • Motion Capturing

Module 6: Simulation

  • Particle-, Fluid- & Hairsystems
  • Crowd Simulation
  • Scripting for dynamic Simulation
  • Cloth Simulation
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum age 18 years 
  • The admission must be completed by a positive completion of the 9th grade
  • Admission interview
Fees & Funding
  • Payment in advance: 1 payment at the beginning of the course
  • Standard: 18 payments per 1st of the month
  • Financing through home savings loans possible in individual cases
  • 2D/3D Generalist
  • CG Generalist
  • Rigging Artist
  • Look Dev Artist
  • Rendering Artist
  • Lighting Technical Director
  • Roto/Paint Artist
  • VFX Coordinator
  • Match Mover
The SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information herein as part of ongoing improvement actions and in line with stakeholder feedback.