Visual Effects or 3D Animation

General

Program Description

DIPLOMA IN 5 YEARS (Master’s degree equivalent)

VFX or 3D Animation

The first two years are designed to provide a solid foundation for students before embarking on filmmaking. The first year is a preparation artistic class. The courses are divided into short interventions around basic themes and concrete projects to help the students become familiar with the different concepts.

1st Year> Acquisition of Solid Bases in Cinema

Artistic & Cultural Development - Maturity of Work

Goals

  • Acquire solid artistic and cultural bases
  • Gain work maturity to give yourself every chance to succeed
  • Develop your creativity, your curiosity, and your ingenuity
  • Acquire an artistic and cinematographic culture
  • Master the basics of drawing, photography, sculpture, film analysis and animation
  • Learn about teamwork and organization
  • Acquire the basics of Business English communication

Collective Courses

  • Drawing, anatomy
  • Artistic & visual development
  • Sculpture, volume
  • The history of art
  • Photography
  • Perspective
  • Culture & cinematic analysis
  • Stop motion
  • Project management
  • Traditional animation
  • Character design
  • Writing and concept development
  • Directing
  • Psychology of information
  • Business English

Admission Process

  • BAC (or equivalent)
  • Present an artistic portfolio
  • Participate in an individual interview
  • Complete a written exam

2nd Year > Basic Knowledge of Cinema

Teamwork: Organizing & Becoming Rigorous

Goals

  • Acquire basics in computer graphics, image editing, and animation
  • Perfect your artistic skills
  • Discover the professions of the cinema and develop a solid culture of the image
  • Make a first short film

Collective Courses

  • 3D modeling
  • Digital image retouch
  • Concept art
  • Character design
  • Lighting, texturing, rendering
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Visual effects
  • Semiotics
  • Image grammar
  • Scenario, storyboard
  • Montage and sound
  • Cinematographic analysis
  • Professional English

Admission Process

  • BAC (or equivalent) +1 year of higher education studies
  • Present an artistic portfolio
  • Participate in an individual interview
  • Complete a written exam

3rd Year > Specialization

  • Visual Effects (VFX)
  • 3D Animation
  • Computer Graphics (CG)

Goals of the VIsual Effects Specialization

  • Acquire cutting-edge artistic and technical skills in CGI and VFX
  • Master professional work habits (methodologies and VFX pipeline): supervising and directing a film, knowledge of the cinema and 3D professions, post-production methodologies, directing and monitoring a production, audiovisual law, management, business creation, etc.
  • Mastering the software needed for this field: Nuke, Maya, Zbrush, nCloth, Houdini, RealFlow, Hair & Fur, etc.

Career Paths

The Visual Effects (VFX) sector has a wide range of highly sought-after careers that need more qualified artists:

  • Compositing artist
  • VFX supervisor,
  • Tracking specialist
  • Matte painter
  • Color grader, etc.

VFX Courses

  • Image composition
  • Matte painting
  • Camera mapping
  • Environment Development
  • Tracking
  • Color Grading
  • FX: Houdini, ncloth, Hair & Fur, fluids, particles…
  • Digital Filmmaking, Lighting
  • Green Screen Filming
  • Concept Art
  • Stereography, photogrammetry

Goals of the 3D Animation Specialization

  • Acquire sharp skills in 3D animation
  • Master professional 3D animation work habits: supervising animation teams, post-production methodologies, production management, audiovisual law, business creation, cinematography knowledge, CGI professions, etc.
  • Master all the software aligned with CG Animation: Maya, ZBrush, nCloth, Toon Boom, Storyboard Pro, Krita, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, etc.

Career Paths

The 3D Animation sector has a wide range of highly sought-after careers that need more qualified artists:

  • CG animator
  • Layout artist
  • Setup artist
  • Character designer
  • Concept artist
  • Artistic director, etc.

3D Animation Courses

  • Traditional 2D/3D Animation
  • Facial, Body mechanics, and Lipsync Animation
  • Character design
  • Anatomy, Movement and Life Drawing
  • Drawing & Concept Art
  • Miming and Acting
  • Layout
  • Modeling for Animation
  • Rigging (characters, creatures, and objects)
  • FX : nCloth, hair & fur

Goals of the CG Specialization

  • Acquire advanced technical skills in computer graphics
  • Master all stages of the digital production chain: control of the organization and distribution of animation and compositing work, direction and supervision of CGI, artistic direction of projects, knowledge of cinema and CG trades, post-production methodology, production management, and monitoring, audiovisual law, management, business creation, etc.
  • Master CG software: Houdini, Maya, Zbrush, ncloth, Arnold, Vray, Mental Ray, etc.

Career Paths

The Computer Graphics sector provides full employment in all types of fields:

  • CG artist
  • FX artist
  • 3D lead
  • Environment artist
  • Lighting / Shading artist
  • Texturing artist, etc.

CG Courses

  • Hard surface modeling
  • Organic modeling
  • Advanced texturing
  • 3D environments
  • Concept art
  • FX: Houdini, ncloth, Hair & Fur, fluid, particles
  • Tracking, camera mapping
  • HDRI
  • Lighting, shading, and color grading
  • Photogrammetry
  • CG rotoscoping
  • Spatial reconstruction
  • Skinning setup

4th Year > Professionalization

Perfecting Skills, Internships, Preparation of Graduation Projects
Goals
  • Mastery of technical and artistic know-how
  • Internship in a professional setting
  • Creation of a professional demo reel
  • Management of a team project

5th Year > Graduation Project

Creation of graduation project, graduation jury, and transition into a professional working environment

During this year, students test their ability to supervise a team and projects in conditions identical to those within production studios.

Professionals intervene throughout the year to bring their expertise and share their experience. The 5th year ends with a graduation jury, which includes rapid job interviews. As a final graduation requirement, each student must complete a detailed report regarding his/her first postgraduate job or internship.

GOALS
  • Making a short animation or VFX film
  • Confronting the realities of a production and developing additional professional experiences
  • Making a formal presentation in front of a jury of professional artists (representatives of the largest French and international production studios)
  • Participating in rapid job interviews and managing first job offers

Annual Tuition & Fees (2019/2020)

Year 1: 7 000 €
Years 2 to 5: 8 000 € / year
  • Registration fees (EU students): 1st time (350 €) / renewal (250 €) / Additional costs to anticipate (Social Security, equipment and school supplies) Beginning in their second year of studies, all students are required to have a personal computer. Beginning in their second year of studies, all students are required to have a personal computer.
  • Registration fees (Non EU students): 1st time (850 €) / renewal (350 €) / Additional costs to anticipate (Social Security, equipment and school supplies) Beginning in their second year of studies, all students are required to have a personal computer. Beginning in their second year of studies, all students are required to have a personal computer.

Application Period

Online application period: November 2019 - May 2020

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Video Games are leading the world’s cultural industry ($115 billion in 2016) and are ranked 3rd in the world’s 3D animation industry. ArtFX opens the doors to the most sought-after and dynamic sectors ... Read More

Video Games are leading the world’s cultural industry ($115 billion in 2016) and are ranked 3rd in the world’s 3D animation industry. ArtFX opens the doors to the most sought-after and dynamic sectors: 3D animation, visual effects, computer graphics, video games, VFX/Game programming, advertising, etc. Through ArtFX, you have access to highly sought-after positions where qualified competition is rare! Read less