Visual Effects

Bachelors
Online Available

Bring your creativity and desire and we’ll teach you the skills, tools, and techniques.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The BFA in Visual Effects educates students for modern forms of entertainment and commercial media. This program provides an immersive experience with the tools, processes, creative skills, and collaborative workflows used to create and produce professional quality 3D models, animations, simulated effects, and composites for film, television, animation, video games, and interactive media.

  • Graduate with pro experience and extensive portfolio and demo reel
  • Learn industry standard software and tools
  • Acquire the essential, practical skills, experience, and knowledge you’ll need to create your own entrepreneurial career path in the vast arena of visual effects and animation

POPULAR CLASSES

With more than 60 years of experience in Cinema, CCH offers a variety of required and elective classes sure to pique your interest.

3D Animation

Motion Design

Texturing

Visual Storytelling

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall 2021 Quarter
September 13, 2021

FALL 2021 START DATE

First Day of Classes
September 27, 2021

OPEN HOUSE

On Campus Or Online
Ongoing

Faculty Spotlight

Ron Wade
professor of Visual Effects
Ron holds a BA in Art & Design with a focus in Illustration, and an MFA in Animation. Ron brings over 30 Years experience from a variety of design fields including: illustration, applied design, web development, and animation.
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ON CAMPUS LEARNING

Visual effects and digital arts are essential to modern entertainment and media. CCH’s on-campus visual effects program allows you to interact and collaborate in person with your classmates and faculty. Enjoy small class sizes that maximize interaction with faculty. Work on real world projects as you develop an extensive career ready portfolio.

  • Learn on professional software
  • Apply design thinking to projects from start to finish
  • Learn and apply concepts in real-time
  • Draw inspiration from being in Chicago or Los Angeles, two of the top media cities in the world

ONLINE LEARNING

Columbia College Hollywood’s online visual effects program is for students looking for the flexibility of learning remotely. Students have access to the same professional tools with the benefits of online learning. Technology allows students to interact, collaborate, and learn with classmates and instructors.

  • Learn on professional software
  • Apply design thinking to projects from start to finish
  • Learn and apply concepts in real-time
  • Develop professional quality portfolio and demo reel

WHAT IT TAKES

BFA: 3-4 years 192 hours

The BFA in Visual Effects program immerses you in the skills and theory you’ll need to build your career in a variety of industries, including entertainment, gaming, marketing, advertising, and education. Most important, you’ll acquire the essential, practical skills, experience, and knowledge you’ll need to create your own entrepreneurial career path in the vast arena of visual effects and animation.

The program is designed to accelerate you into your career in as few as 3 years. CCH offers a Career Accelerator Scholarship to help students in this process.

Choose an Emphasis

Animation

The Animation emphasis curriculum is designed to reflect the real world of the animation industry. Discover the process of creating a sense of life in characters, shapes, and environments through motion over time. Learn the fundamentals of animating characters, creatures and environments using industry-standard computer graphics tools and technology.

Career Opportunities

  • 3D Animator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Character Rigger
  • Digital 2D Animator
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Previsualization Artist

Popular Classes

  • Figure Drawing
  • Advanced Creature Animation
  • Dialogue Animation
  • Simulations
  • Rigging
  • Storyboarding

Compositing

Compositing is the art of combining live action footage with digitally created characters, creatures, environments and anything else imaginable. Students use industry standard compositing software to add digital models, green screened actors, miniatures, computer-generated imagery, or painted environments to live action scenes.

Career Opportunities

  • Compositor
  • Motion Design Artist
  • VFX Supervisor
  • Camera Tracking/Match-Moving Artist
  • Set Extension Artist

POPULAR CLASSES

  • On Set VFX
  • Simulations
  • Lighting And Rendering
  • Motion Capture
  • Compositing

Digital Modeling

Use a wide variety of sculpting software and industry-standard polygonal modeling tools. Learn to create forms with clean, efficient polygonal edge loops, unwrap and add color, and bump metallic and surface roughness for use in visual effects for film, television, video, games, and virtual reality environments.

Career Opportunities

  • 3D Modeler
  • 3D Character & Creature Artist
  • Environment Artist
  • Architectural Visualization Artist
  • 3D Generalist
  • Augmented And Virtual Reality Artist

Popular Classes

  • Character Design
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Real Time Assets
  • Texturing
  • Figure Drawing
  • 3D Modeling
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SKILLS & OUTCOMES

Upon successfully completing the BFA in Visual Effects, students will be able to:

  1. Implement design principles in all stages of visual effects and animation production.
  2. Utilize hardware and software tools and techniques of professional visual effects and animation industries.
  3. Evaluate works of visual effects and animation with regard to cultural influences and historical precedents.
  4. Apply knowledge of professional practices specific to visual effects and animation industries.
  5. Exercise problem solving and communication skills necessary to function in interdisciplinary teams and organizational structures.

INTERNSHIPS

Columbia College Hollywood’s Student Services team works diligently with students to provide them with opportunities to gain valuable industry experience.

Alumni Spotlight

Alan Rosenfeld
Digital Effects Artist
Alan is a thirty year veteran of the CGI/VFX industry having started back in the late 80's in computer graphics. As a computer graphics lighting artist, Alan has worked on many major CGI driven motion pictures.
Interested in a Career Like Alan?
EXPLORE CINEMA
Avatar (2009)
20th Century Fox

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall 2021 Quarter
September 13, 2021

FALL 2021 START DATE

First Day of Classes
September 27, 2021

OPEN HOUSE

On Campus Or Online
Ongoing

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