Students studying Visual Effects explore the various processes by which imagery is created or manipulated outside of a live action shot, including the blending of background plates or matte paintings with 3D architectural, character, or elemental assets. Course content includes lighting and filming techniques, tracking and compositing of elements, and creating both particle and dynamic effects. Utilizing industry software such as Houdini, Maya, Nuke, After Effects, Photoshop, Realflow, and more, Gnomon’s Visual Effects Animation curriculum offers students an in-depth skill set relevant to the demands of the industry.

  • Technical training with a focus on tools, processes, and workflow
  • In-depth training of industry software such as Maya, Houdini, Nuke, After Effects, Photoshop, Realflow, and more
  • Flexibility to customize assignments to fit your desired emphasis
  • Opportunities to create and collaborate on demo reel projects
  • Various options for elective courses
  • Financial aid eligible for those who qualify

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2-Year Curriculum Note: This is a sample curriculum and is subject to change.

Term 1
  • Introduction to 3D with Maya
  • Photoshop for Digital Production
  • Texturing and Shading 1
  • Drawing Fundamentals 1
  • Storyboarding
  • Overview of Visual Effects and Games
Term 2
  • Hard Surface Modeling 1
  • Introduction to Compositing
  • Texturing and Shading 2
  • Animation and Visual Effects 1
  • History and Principles of Animation
  • Character Sculpture 1
Term 3
  • Dynamic Effects 1
  • Houdini 1
  • Lighting and Rendering 1
  • Animation and Visual Effects 2
  • Expression and Scripting
  • Character Animation 1
Term 4
  • Dynamic Effects 2
  • Houdini 2
  • Lighting and Rendering 2
  • Art of Compositing
  • Digital Photography
  • Scripting for Production
Term 5
  • Dynamic Effects 3
  • Houdini 3
  • Lighting and Rendering 3
  • HD Digital Filmmaking for Visual Effects
  • Character Rigging Fundamentals
  • Advanced Compositing
Term 6
  • Dynamic Effects 4
  • Houdini 4
  • Lighting and Rendering 4
  • Matchmoving and Integration
  • Motion Capture
  • Previsualization and Animatics
Term 7
  • Demo Reel (6 Credits)
  • Career Realities
  • Liquid Simulation
  • Elective
  • Reel Lab 1
  • Reel Lab 2
  • Reel Lab 3
Term 8
  • Demo Reel (6 Credits)
  • Portfolio and Resumé Workshop
  • Visual Effects Design
  • Elective
  • Reel Lab 4
  • Reel Lab 5
  • Reel Lab 6

Alumni Success Stories

Gnomon strives to place graduates into their dream jobs right out of school. Our 2019 employment rates of 97%* for our 2-Year Certificate in Digital Production program means that Gnomon consistently supplies Hollywood’s studios with the talent they need.

*Percentage reflects the average employment rate of Gnomon’s vocational programs in accordance with national accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Visit our Consumer Disclosures for more information.

"Take a look at the graduate work and you can see that it is a testament to how incredible Gnomon really is. Its first class facilities, technology and teaching staff gives students the greatest chance they will ever have at placement within the entertainment industry."

Neil Huxley
Creative Director, Digital Domain

"The collective knowledge I received put my abilities beyond what any other school could possibly do. … The Instructors took an interest not only in my work, but as a developing professional."

Omar Aweidah — Alumnus
Associate Concept Artist at Cloud Imperium Games