Choosing a VFX school or program is a daunting task, with more choices today than ever before. I looked at schools and programs all over the world and through both my preemptive research and time as a student came to the conclusion that CG Masters offered the most comprehensive program with the most directly correlative skills training relevant to both the current and ever-changing state of the VFX job market. This was proven time and time again during my time at CG Masters, as instructors often and openly taught me the very same skills and techniques they had used at their studios that very day.
Class sizes are kept deliberately small, the better to give each student more one-on-one time with instructors. The instructors readily made themselves available to help out after class hours, including both in-studio help and keeping in touch via email to help dissect particularly problematic VFX files, setups and approaches. This was an amazing personal touch uncommon in larger schools and programs.
I found myself gainfully employed immediately after graduating from CG Masters, a testament to the success of the school's disciplined one-year intensive model, job-relevant skills and fierce dedication to teaching students how to function in a real studio, as a team.
Absolutely world-class training recommended to anybody who is serious about becoming a VFX professional.read more
What can I say about this school that hasn't already been said? This school helped me realize my dream of working in visual effects.
My time at CG Masters was one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life.
The education I received here prepared me to for a career in the VFX industry, and it also gave me insights on how to approach and troubleshoot problems in a more efficient manner( something I can use in my everyday life as well).
I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to get into visual effects/animation.read more
CG Masters is in my opinion the best place to get a VFX education that will land you an industry job immediately. All of the instructors are working in the industry and know a tremendous amount in there respected areas. During the program you receive a huge amount of one on one time with all the teachers. They make sure no one falls behind. The main benefit of the school is the production environment you learn in. The last two semesters are project based where all of the students work together to finish a project from start to finish. They manage to keep the projects run like a normal studio environment which prepares you for the workforce.read more
CG Masters is an excellent school, specializing in teaching and refining the arts of Visual Effects and Animation. Their teachers are industry veterans with years of professional experience, and true masters of their craft.
Students go through an intensive year-long course designed specifically to teach the skills needed by the Visual Effects industry, enabling graduates to quickly secure jobs and hit the ground running on day 1. This is achieved through teaching students not only how to use software, but also how to work effectively and efficiently as a team, through what is essentially a simulated studio environment. Students will be expected to learn, understand, and adhere to many procedures and processes that are common in a professional visual effects studio. This greatly eases the transition from student to employee, to the benefit of all parties involved.
It should be noted that the program is very intense. Students can expect to spend at least 40 hrs/week at the school, and oftentimes well over that during deliveries or crunchtime. With that said, the teachers are fantastic and the owners are truly great people. It was a fantastic place to learn, and speaking as an employed graduate, I would absolutely recommend it to anybody and everybody who is serious about becoming a professional visual effects artist.read more
CG Masters is a fantastic place to start your journey to becoming a Visual Effects Artist. You get trained be professionals currently working in the industry with a passion for what they do and sharing what they know with others. After the year long course I felt comfortable taking the plunge into the industry. In only a year you I learned a vast amount about every department you will find in the industry. What I took away from my time at CG Masters, wasn't only the skills I needed, but they also teach you to work with integrity and respect which is essential in this industry.read more
I came to CG Masters having no VFX experience and was extremely happy with how thorough they were teaching the process of filming production to the end result in compositing. The program definitely challenges people of all skill levels so everyone is always learning something new. In the last two terms we worked in a simulated production environment which I really enjoyed because we experience the same team mindset as we would in an actual production pipeline.
There are always people readily available for you to get help from. In fact our instructors were currently working in the industry they taught so the curriculum was up-to-date as possible.read more
I chose CG Masters after researching and visiting a variety schools. Nick was the only instructor who answered all my questions in a straightforward, clear and concise manner. No beating around the bush. No vague answers. I knew with confidence going in that the school would provide a worthwhile experience and allow me to develop a good foundation for the skills I want to build. What I didn't know (but thought I did) was the sheer volume of information that I would need to learn and absorb within a one year period and to realize there's still a lot more to learn after even that.
This program is intense and not suitable for people who don't want to put in effort. You are expected to spend a minimum of 40 hrs per week at school. The program's goal is to allow graduates to hit the ground running on their first day at their first job. Working part time while taking this program is not recommended.
This program simulates a team production environment and you will experience every aspect of the pipeline. Get to know your team and make sure to let Nick know if you have a specific area of interest as early as possible.
For someone coming in with no understanding or experience of the field, the learning curve will feel pretty high but the foundation you get will be strong. For someone coming in with technical background or previous experience, it still won't be easy. Nick will make sure of that since you are paying to learn. Take the initiative to ask questions, you will get more out of the one on one time with your instructors. Effort and attitude goes a long way.
All your instructors are current industry professionals so treat the program like a one year interview. What you learn is up to date.read more
Amazing school that really cares about your learning and success. Teachers here are currently working in the industry and have alot of experience and insight that can help students who have no clue what they are getting into. Here you will learn how to become cost effective and work well in a team environment by being but into real production. As a result you will end up with professional quality demo reels which will increase your chances of being hired. All that is required on your part is that you put in genuine effort and give it your all. No one can make you do that, it comes from your drive, passion, and willingness to learn. I would recommend this school to anyone that is serious about getting into the 3D Animation & VFX industry. You'll be surprised how much you can learn from only one year of training here.read more
A school filled with experienced industry professionals that know exactly what they're doing. The amount of work one needs to put in the industry is immense, and this school helps with acclimating you to an actual studio's work environment and ensuring you have what it takes to become a high functioning member of whatever team you become part of in the future. There's really no other school quite like this one. If you want, and I really mean WANT to enter the VFX industry, this is a good place to start.read more
A very well equipped and experienced school that thrives in using cutting edge technologies to groom its students to understand and experience what it would be like to work in a VFX studio in a high end production environment. The strength of the school is in having industry artists and generalists come in to teach regularly, coupled with the fact that the school cares about the students before, during and after course completion. Highly recommended.read more
CG Masters is a great school, they teach the skills needed to do any aspect in a VFX pipeline and also the production side of the jobs, how to function in a studio environment which makes them unique as a school. All of this is taught to you by industry professionals with years and years of experience among them. The teaching method of valuing skills not grades is very much what I was looking for. I moved to Vancouver specially to attend the school and with the purpose to start a career in the VFX industry as a VFX compositor after graduating. Choosing to attend this school has been one of the best decisions of my life. I was able to reach my goals and I have been working in the industry for almost a year now. This thanks to the amazing team at CG Mastersread more
I could not have asked for a more supportive staff and schooling experience. Since your teachers are all still actively working in the industry and have been for over 10 years they can help you with the foundation skills you need. I also made great friends during my time here.read more
What sets CG Masters apart from any other school is that they teach you how to function in a studio environment. You learn about production pipeline and studio procedures, and that's invaluable training to have. On top of that, all the instructors are great, and you learn many things—photography, compositing, among others.
The people in this school care about your success, and I'm happy that I chose them to teach me.read more