Animation & VFX

VFX School – One-Year Intensive Diploma Program

3D Animation & VFX Production

Who are CG Masters?

At CG Masters, we believe great training starts with great instructors. Our goal every term is to put industry masters into a room with the right students. If you have seen our student work, you will recognize the magic that can happen when we do this. Take a look at our list of instructors. This impressive list of professionals are responsible for many of the best visual effects and animations scenes currently being produced by the movie and television industries.

Not ready for a full-time program?

Are you a beginner looking for a shorter duration program? CG Masters is excited to introduce our new 12-week 3D Foundations Certificate. This program is the perfect start for individuals with no arts or 3D background. It may also be suitable training for individuals who need some basic understanding of animation and visual effects i.e. visual effects coordinators.

School Reviews and School Life?

Take a look at what our alumni have to say and check out the reviews on Google!

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

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 – Core Skills

Observational Drawing, Camera & Photography, Modeling & Texturing I, Rigging & Scripting I, Animation I, Dynamics I ,Lighting & Shading I, Compositing I, Production I

Term 2 – Transition to Practice

Modeling & Texturing II, Rigging & Scripting II, Animation II, Particles & Dynamics II, Lighting & Shading II, Compositing II, Production II

Term 3 – Practical Training

Production III, Dailies III

MORE INFORMATION

Term 1

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 composting) completed by each student.

Term 2

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

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

Welcome Future Professional 3D Animation OR Visual Effects Artists!

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.

CG Masters’ Admission Requirements for each program

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.

Applicant must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Applicants must by 17 years of age or older (provide copy of government issued identification i.e. passport, driver’s license, birth certificate; if an applicant is under 19 years of age, we will require written consent from parent or legal guardian (High school graduation is recommended but not required)
  • 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 (OCT, FEB, JUNE) 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

**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.

Applicant must meet the following admission requirements:

  • must by 18 years of age or older (provide copy of government issued identification i.e. passport, driver’s license, birth certificate; Additionally, if the applicant is under 19 years of age, we will require written consent from parent or legal guardian (High school graduation is recommended but not required)
  • must provide an art or technical portfolio of recent, original work containing any creative sample of dynamic fx from another software application such as Maya.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

**We will accept an internet portfolio including a website OR blog link. 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 note – there is a $100.00 CDN non-refundable application fee for our 48-week diploma program. Once the completed application has been received, our Admin Team will send an invoice by PayPal. The application can be processed once payment is received.

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