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Visual FX & 3D Animation
Diploma and Bachelor

Do you love the spectacular, do you have an artistic talent, and would you like to be part of something big? Is compositing serious business for you and Houdini not just a magician? Do you love bringing characters to life and making the impossible possible with VFX? Then start studying at our Visual FX & 3D Animation Department.
Visual FX & 3D Animation student draws 3D space graphic on Smartboard in meeting room

Visual FX & 3D Animation Department

In the Visual Effects and 3D Animation Department, you will learn a multitude of skills that will help you thrive in the world of VFX. You will learn everything you need to know for today’s workflows, from 2D/3D animation to rotoscoping and rigging. It is also important to us that our students benefit from being taught by professionals from the industry. Various projects will help you build your portfolio, which is essential for a successful start to your career.

Job profiles in the film and advertising industry

Thanks to our versatile training, you have a lot of options. Rigging, animation, rotoscoping, fluid simulation and compositing are just a few keywords from our curriculum. One thing is certain, the VFX industry is growing rapidly and new technologies such as VR or virtual sets make for exciting fields to work in.

Job prospects for graduates from our professional qualification or academic degree in Visual FX & 3D Animation include a career in the film industry as 2D/3D animators, rendering artists, look dev artists or VFX coordinators. We are delighted whenever one of our graduates’ names appears in the credits of a blockbuster. But that’s not all, VFX professionals are also sought after in other industries, such as advertising.
Visual FX & 3D Animation student models digital 3D object on computer
Compositing Roto/Paint Artist, VFX Coordinator, MatchMover
Animation 3D/2D Animator, CG Generalist, Rigger
Rendering & Lighting Look Dev Artist, Rendering Artist, Lighting TD

Visual FX & 3D Animation
Students' Showreel

Content from the Visual FX & 3D Animation Curriculum


animation, visual effects, colour correction, grading, montage


modeling, texturing

3D Rendering

shader, rendering, compositing, light composition


2D, 3D, storyboarding, thumbnailing, rigging

Projekt & 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

Learning and studying
our four models

Academic courses and professional training start in March and September of each year. All our departments offer the same four options for learning and studying at SAE Institute:

Professional Qualification – Diploma

The SAE Diploma opens the door for a career in the creative industries in just 18 months. With a high practical component, you will acquire sound knowledge of the subject, and practical exercises will help you to develop technical skills at an early stage. The SAE Diploma offers professional technical training that equips students with strong, industry-relevant skills. Moreover, it facilitates flexible time management and a high degree of autonomy.

The newly launched Advanced Diploma is an ideal option for those who want to focus on the creation of a comprehensive and substantial portfolio. During the Advanced Diploma, you will complete an interdisciplinary or multi-semester project as part of a team, and you will learn about different aspects and issues associated with such projects. This will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of work processes and interconnecting fields while expanding the technical skills you acquired during the diploma.

Academic Degree – Bachelor

The Bachelor’s Degree is part of the “fast-track program” and takes 2 years to complete. This means you will be qualified faster, be able to enter the job market and start earning sooner. This option combines a compact full-time course with professional training. In addition to studying interdisciplinary content and research methods, practical exercises and projects will help you to gain technical and practical skills.

Thanks to its modular structure, the part-time Bachelor’s Degree allows students to be flexible and to study at their own pace. Professional and academic components are separated from each other and are taught in a complementary manner. As a rule, the Bachelor’s Degree in the part-time “extended model” is completed after 36 months; depending on your personal situation, the time can also be adjusted.

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