Vancouver VFX & 3D Animation School





CG Masters is accepting applications for our annual Grade 12 Scholarship! This $5,000.00 scholarship is open to Canadian Grade 12 students graduating by July 1st. Click HERE for details. Deadline May 31st.

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*TEMPORARY MOVE TO REMOTE ACCESS – Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Fraser Health Region, CG Masters classes are partially remote until Feb 8th, pending guidance from Provincial Health Officer. We are still open for business! We will be having reduced office hours until then. Call at 604-553-2462 to reach our staff.

CG Masters is pleased to be able to safely offer students onsite training once again.  Our team continues to follow all recommendations from the Health Officer of the Province of British Columbia as well as the new “COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines” put out by the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills.  If you would like to visit, reach out to the Admissions Team at 604-553-2462 and we can book a tour for your social bubble.  We are grateful to our supportive faculty and student body who continue to work with us as we navigate through this challenging time. 

As many folks are currently working from home, now might be a good time for a skills upgrade.  Check out our online education site for a selection of short, free tutorials.  


Recent CGM Grad Credits

Our graduates and instructors work at every major studio

a sample of film credits for CG Masters alumni

Highly Individualized,

Hands-On Training

The World’s Only School

with Intensive, Immersive

Production Skills Training

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CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX  is more than just an animation and vfx school, it is a working commercial studio that trains.  Just imagine spending each day with world-class industry professionals who are working on today’s big blockbusters. We are the world’s only school to offer industry-designed, production studio based, visual effects and 3D animation job-skills training instead of the old academic process of tests and grades – in just one year!  Our faculty, all industry masters, teach far more than just how to use software.

We teach how the job is done; how to work within a real studio production team environment to create world-class, film-quality vfx images and animations, and we do it in a completely unique way. We focus on your job skills with daily practical skill assessments instead of theoretical grades at the end of term when it’s too late. Come in for a tour and chat or get connected with a current student or graduate to find out if CG Masters is right for you.  If you are as serious about getting into industry as we are about training the next generation of 3d artists and TDs, you might want to read more about our animation and vfx training programs.

Learn From World Class Masters

Students learn from a dozen industry veterans; artists who are currently making today’s blockbuster feature films and top-rated TV shows.  Graduates leave knowing what it means to work in a production studio and how to do it well.

Nicholas Boughen

Lighting & Production

Nicholas Boughen Faculty

Danny Lee

Compositing Instructor

Danny Lee Compositor Instructor

Russell Smith

Rigging Instructor

Russell Smith Faculty

Andrew Lowell

Dynamics Instructor

Andrew Lowell - CG Masters School Of 3D Animation & VFX

Become a ‘Specialist’ or a ‘Generalist’.

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Learn Animation

Our students receive animation training to create beautiful, professional-quality 3D animation from industry Masters who do it for a living every day.

CG Masters Student Visual Effects Training Project

Learn Visual Effects

Students learn vfx from current industry Masters and create amazing, professional-quality visual effects shots.

Students learn teamwork and have production training

Learn Job Skills

Learn the powerful secrets of collective, studio workflow from Masters who have spent their careers perfecting the arts and sciences of digital animation and visual effects.

Industry & Graduate Testimonials

“I have had the pleasure of working with Nicholas on multiple commercial and feature projects spanning more than a decade. He is insightful, communicative, creative, and a true professional delivering excellence in both his own work and his teams. I look forward to our next project together.”

Dale Fay, VFX Supervisor – Zoic Studios

Dale Fay, Visual Effects Supervisor
Company Name: Zoic Studios
Designation: VFX Supervisor

Worked for the same company as Nick for three and a half years, and every time I had the opportunity to work directly under him on a project, it was a fantastic experience. All projects were handled professionally and the end results were never without a great deal of highly positive feedback from the director(s) involved. He is an extremely knowledgeable, diligent, efficient, and talented artist with an eye for perfection. He goes out of his way to make sure those working under him are taken care of and relaxed; thus enabling them to work to the best of their individual abilities.

Luke Vallee, Senior Compositor

Luke Vallee
Company Name: ILM
Designation: Senior Compositor

“They give them the training for a real-world studio environment so when we hire graduates from CG Masters they can really fit right into our pipeline. They seem to get what it’s like to work at a studio and produce really nice quality work.”

Chris Browne, CG Supervisor – Bardel Entertainment

Chris Browne CG Supervisor at Bardel Entertainment
Company Name: Bardel Entertainment
Designation: CG Supervisor
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