You enjoy the spectacular, you are artistically gifted and your hearts beats digitally? Than your talent lies in the Visual FX & 3D Animation department!


Visual FX & 3D Animation Diploma



As a graduate of our professional educational paths in the department of Visual FX & 3D Animation you are expected a career in compositing, 3D Animation, rendering or concept art.

Combining theoretical understanding with a strong hands-on training ethos, (75% of course assessment is practical), through our industry standard production facilities, you are able to explore and expand your technical and creative skill sets.

The course runs for 18 months and classes can take place in the daytime, evening or on weekend, providing you with flexibility whether you are working full-time, part time or just passing through.


Available at all campuses




Fundamentals of 2D

  • Principles of Design
  • Thumbnailing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Still Life Drawing
  • Technical Drawing
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic File Formats
  • Digital Imaging (Photoshop)
  • Digital Imaging (Illustrator)
  • Digital Imaging (InDesign)
  • Professional Photo Imaging

Fundamentals of 3D

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

Rendering and Animation Basics

  • History of Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation & Rigging
  • Principles of Lighting
  • Camera
  • Material Theorie & Shader
  • Rendering

Introduction to VFX

  • VFX Production Pipeline
  • Compositing fundamentals
  • Photography
  • Live Shot Visual Properties
  • Aesthetics in Cinema
  • Colour Grading
  • Lighting setups for live action
  • Shading

Dynamics for Visual Effects

  • Dynamic Simulations overview
  • Rigid/Soft body Dynamics and Forces
  • Particle Dynamics
  • Cloth Simulations
  • Hair Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Simulation Data Exporting and Exchanging

Advanced Compositing and Motion Graphics Applications

  • Advanced layer based compositing
  • Motion graphics
  • Planning and supervising VFX projects
  • Matchmoving
  • Node based compositing
  • Scripting applications (Expressions / Extended Script)
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • University entrance qualifaction (Abitur or similar)
  • Alternatively: minimum age of 17 years plus intermediate educational qualification and aptitude test
  • Own notebook computer for office work, theory tests and own notes from lectures
  • Language skills: students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English; at least Level B2
Fees & Funding

Payment Plans

  • Upfront: 3 payments, each at the beginnig of next semester
  • Standard: 18 payments, each at the beginning of month

Financing Options

There are several options that may be available to you to help you finance your studies, such as;

  • STANDARD and UPFRONT payment plans
  • Student loans
  • Educational funds

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Career Options:

  • 3D/2D Animator
  • CG Generalist
  • Rigger
  • Look Dev Artist
  • Rendering Artist
  • Lighting TD
  • Roto/Paint Artist
  • VFX Coordinator
  • Match Mover
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