ANIMATION AND vfx

One year intensive diploma program

YOUR PATH TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.

What can you expect during your year in our animation and visual effects school?  You will experience unprecedented growth by completing our one-year 3D Animation and VFX Production Diploma.  Your technical, work, and problem-solving skills will grow. 
Upon graduation, you will leave prepared and more than capable of impressing studios with your ability to immediately add value to their production teams.  This program will provide you with a solid foundation on which to grow your career!

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Term 1

Observe, Listen and Learn!
It’s time to learn from CG Masters. Build a strong foundation with all the skills you will need to excel in a visual effects career.
  • Observational Drawing
  • Camera & Photography
  • Modeling & Texturing I
  • Rigging & Scripting I
  • Animation I
  • Dynamics I
  • Lighting & Shading I
  • Compositing I
  • Production I
Term 2
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Apply what you have learned in Term 1 and participate in a group project with a Senior Instructor as your mentor as well as Term 3 students at your side.. 
  • Modeling & Texturing II
  • Rigging & Scripting II
  • Animation II
  • Particles & Dynamics II
  • Lighting & Shading II
  • Compositing II
  • Production II
TERM 3
IDEAS COMING TO LIFE!
Use your new skills in a simulated studio environment. Amaze yourself and potential employers with what you can create!
  • Production III
  • Dailies III
the focus of each term
Term 1 Focus
In Term 1, students are introduced to all of the main disciplines including 3D modeling and texturing, animation, rigging and scripting, dynamic FX, lighting and shading, and compositing. To complement these software skills, students will also take part in an observational drawing, digital photography and production classes. The main outcome of Term 1 will be a short visual effects shot of 4-6 seconds (from storyboard to compositing) completed by each student.
Term 2 Focus
In this term, students continue to expand their knowledge of the main disciplines but now experience their first taste of a production pipeline! Term 2 and Term 3 students work together on a group animation or visual effects project. This project is faculty-led and created with the Senior Instructor acting as the CG Supervisor. This project will have students work through the process of delivering a finished product by the end of term. Some of the practical skills focused on will include the proper procedure for submitting work to the render farm, taking and acting on notes, attending dailies sessions (review process) and learning to deliver or communicate.
Term 3 Focus
In this final term, students continue their production practice by completing a second project. There are no classes to attend. This is a chance to specialize in a key area(s) and really engrain the important skills needed to be successful in a professional studio environment.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

So – you are ready to start on the path to an exciting new career? Excellent!

Please ensure that you include all the required information in your application. If you are waiting for a high school graduation transcript, you can provide this document at a later date.

Applicant must meet the following admission requirements:

  • – Applicants must have high school graduation or equivalent (provide copy of transcript) OR be 19 years of age (provide copy of government issued identification i.e. passport, driver’s license, birth certificate. If applicants are under 19 years of age, we will require written consent from a parent or legal guardian.
  • – Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following options:
    • – an in-person or telephone/Skype based interview with the Senior Educational Administrator English OR
    • – a proficiency score on one of the following tests: TOEFL (Paper Based Test) 520 minimum, TOEFL (Internet Based Test) 68 minimum or IELTS 5.5.
  • – Applicants must provide an art or technical portfolio of recent, original work containing any creative sample of :
    • – photography, drawing, painting or any other visual art
    • – computer generated imagery
    • – scripting and/or coding
    • – software tools development
    • – other aesthetic or technical proficiency with computer information technology or traditional media.
    • If you do not have a portfolio or if you are unsure how to put one together, contact us for help!
  • – Applicants must have a successful interview with Senior Educational Administrator.
  • – International Students Applicants must meet the guidelines established for international students studying in Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, including, but not limited to, the ability to fund education and living expenses.

ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE EVALUATED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH IT IS RECEIVED. CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED. IF YOU WISH TO BEGIN STUDY ON A SPECIFIC START DATE (SEPT, JAN, MAY) PLEASE APPLY EARLY TO ENSURE THERE IS SPACE FOR YOU.

Tips for ensuring your application is processed quickly:

  • – Be sure to include all the necessary information i.e. full address, phone number, email, etc
  • – Upload a copy of your government issued photo identification with your portfolio
  • – If you are about to graduate from high school or a post secondary program, please submit a copy of a RECENT TRANSCRIPT OR REPORT CARD. – If you have already graduated: please submit PROOF OF GRADUATION (transcript, report card or copy of diploma). You are welcome to submit your application without this step if you are over 19 years of age.

**We will accept an internet portfolio including a website OR blog link OR images attached to an email as .jpg files. There is a place to fill in your link on the application form. You may mail other items, or email to inquiry@cg-masters.com with the subject line: Application Package Materials. Please do not send us originals as your work will become a part of your permanent record and WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Ready for a Dream Career?

potential career opportunities for

successful graduates!

Our graduates have successfully found employment in a variety of studios and positions around the world including:

3D Modeler
Character Animator
Technical Animator
Texture Artist
Lighting Technical Director
Compositor
Rigger

Matchmover
FX Artist
FX Technical Director
Hair & Cloth Technical Director
Lighting & Shading Artist
RotoPaint Artist
Production Coordinator

The admissions process is easy as 1-2-3!

School Reviews and School Life?

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This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.