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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Visual Effects

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

Develop your artistic and technical skills for the visual effects industry.

Program Overview

Art and technology

Visual effects is truly a balance of left and right brain thinking. You must be able to understand and utilize both art and technology to create effective visual effects. Only by exploring the latest software and technology in-depth, will you be able to apply and grow your artistic talent.

Be a part of the film-making process

Whether it's creating massive destruction scenes or expanding the scope of production, nearly every film now requires visual effects for support. By collaborating with students in other filmmaking programs, you'll learn to become part of the film production process and capable of creating and integrating any digital elements required to tell the story.

Now and then

You'll come to Sheridan with artistic ability and experience using 3D software. We'll build on that foundation over a period of 10 months and teach you the tools and techniques to become a successful visual effects artist. We'll help you explore and realize your visions and find your path in the visual effects industry.

Additional information

The Visual Effects program at Sheridan provides the industry's most comprehensive curriculum by leveraging the knowledge and facilities of our world-renowned Computer Animation and Advanced TV and Film programs. Our instructors bring years of industry experience and a passion for creating visual effects.

Graduates have gone on to careers as digital visual effects animators, compositors, motion trackers, rotoscope artists and as lighting and shading specialists.

Image credit: Dai Zhongyan


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Sheridan College is a proud partner of SideFX — the company behind the Oscar-winning 3D animation software Houdini.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    MEDA50330 ATVF-VFXProduction Process3
    ANIM 59014Pre-Production2
    ANIM 56367Cinematography and Rendering5
    ANIM50261 ATVF-VFXCompositing (Interdisciplinary)6
    ANIM 50004Dynamics and Effects5
    Total:21
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ANIM 58263Production and Post Production (Interdisciplinary)3
    ANIM 55892Advanced Cinematography and Rendering5
    ANIM 53551 ATVF-VFXAdvanced Compositing (Interdisciplinary)6
    ANIM50065Advanced Dynamics and Effects5
    Total:19
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ANIM58448VFX Capstone Project 8
    ANIM52758VFX Industry 2
    Total:10

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Sheridan's Computer Animation program or equivalent as assessed by Sheridan.

and

  • A postsecondary diploma or degree in art and/or design.

and/or

  • Demonstrated competence through relevant educational and/or work experience.

Credentials earned at less than the equivalent of an Ontario College Diploma will not be considered as having met the academic entrance requirements.

A thorough understanding of 3D CG modelling, texturing and lighting (Maya or Houdini preferred) as well as basic animation and compositing skills are essential factors to qualify for this program.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience

and

A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.

Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date, must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.

Domestic applicants with education outside of Canada must have their transcripts assessed for equivalency through ICAS or WES.  A general (document-by-document) or a comprehensive (course-by-course) assessment is required.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

The Sheridan Visual Effects program will help to prepare you to enter the film and television industry. You'll have experienced each step in visual effects production so you may choose to continue on as a generalist or specialize in one of the skills that interests you the most.

Sample Job Titles

  • 3D Animator
  • Compositor
  • Effects Artist
  • Lighter
  • Match Mover

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Completion

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program the student will demonstrate the artistic and technical abilities required in visual effects by producing a demo reel showing the creation and integration of live action footage and 2D and/or 3D computer generated images.

  • Design visual effects sequences using storyboarding and pre-visualization that meet production requirements.
  • Use filmmaking terminology to communicate effectively throughout all stages of production.
  • Complete the production of live action plates for use in visual effects.
  • Manage the production of visual effects projects to meet production schedules.
  • Identify hardware and software protocols specific to the field of visual effects.
  • Analyze images and physical sets to digitally re-create lights, cameras, locations and objects.
  • Create photo-real images to match live action footage by the application of advanced rendering techniques.
  • Recreate natural phenomena by using appropriate particle or dynamic effects.
  • Integrate 2D and/or 3D computer generated imagery and live action elements using compositing techniques.
  • Create customized tools through software or scripting to allow for more advanced application of visual effects techniques.
  • Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on the production of visual effects.
  • Adhere to health and safety regulations of the film and TV industry.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$12,914.47

Notes: Fees shown are for three academic terms

Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$24,853.47

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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1 yr (3 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Duration

1 yr (3 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Full-time 1 year Program code: PVEFF

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Sep 2021 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

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