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3D For Visual Effects – Online Course

Why take this course?

  • Global online training that turns creative passion into a career in VFX
  • Learn real-world VFX production skills and gain certified Autodesk Maya training
  • Study online from home or remotely around a schedule that suits you
  • Access Escape’s unique online learning platform for step by step tutorials
  • Brush up your foundation skills with a free online primer course before your training begins
  • Access to aftercare, industry advice and career support on your CV, showreel and job applications
  • Free Autodesk Software when you register for the Autodesk Education Community

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who needs to fit VFX training around work / life commitments
  • Students and graduate VFX artists preparing for the job market
  • Aspiring VFX artists looking to learn from seasoned industry professionals
  • Career changers looking to master the art of 3D VFX in their spare time
  • Free Autodesk software upon registration to the Autodesk Education Community
  • Want to know more? Try a taster course.

Key information

Location:
Online
Format:
Online, mentored – Average 15 hours per week
Duration:
40 Weeks
Start Dates:
  • June 30th 2014
  • September 22nd 2014
Software:
Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox, MatchMover, 3D Equalizer and NUKE
Price:
£7,500
Early-bird discount:
Save £500 if you pay in full before the course starts
Payment plan:
Pay £1,000 deposit to reserve your place and then 5 additional instalments of £1,300 on weeks 4,12, 20, 28 & 36

Global online VFX training

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3D modeling, texturing, lighting, tracking and rendering - these are every 3D Artists' mantra and are the skills you’ll learn on our 3D for Visual Effects online course. The course is intensive and we've developed an advanced online learning programme to make learning online as close to our classroom training as possible.

The course is designed to take students from zero experience to studio-ready in just 40 weeks. Through our online classroom, you’ll be set weekly projects and will receive feedback from your tutors on each - letting you fine-tune your new skills.

Through intensive hands-on projects and problem solving challenges, we teach students the latest 3D software and techniques to create the professional-standard effects seen in movies, TV commercials, music videos and beyond!

The final weeks of the course are spent applying these new found skills to produce your own VFX-enhanced shots for your showreel; preparing you for a career as a 3D VFX professional.

If you want to learn VFX but can’t make it to our London based studio, studying remotely on this online VFX course is the perfect solution for you.

*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit operating system

3D modeling, texturing, lighting, tracking and rendering - these are every 3D Artists' mantra and are the skills you’ll learn on our 3D for Visual Effects online course. The course is intensive and we've developed an advanced online learning programme to make learning online as close to our classroom training as possible.
The course is designed to take students from zero experience to studio-ready in just 40 weeks. Through our online classroom, you’ll be set weekly projects and will receive feedback from your tutors on each - letting you fine-tune your new skills.
Through intensive hands-on projects and problem solving challenges, we teach students the latest 3D software and techniques to create the professional-standard effects seen in movies, TV commercials, music videos and beyond! 
The final weeks of the course are spent applying these new found skills to produce your own VFX-enhanced shots for your showreel; preparing you for a career as a 3D VFX professional.
If you want to learn VFX but can’t make it to our London based studio, studying remotely on this online VFX course is the perfect solution for you.
*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit operating syste

Success stories

Leo Sierra

3D For Visual Effects – Online Course

Leo Sierra

Escapee Leonardo Sierra speaks to us regarding his career in VFX so far.

NAME: Leo Sierra

COMPANY: Catmandú/100 Bares, as Stereo Digital Compositor on an animated movie by Oscar winning director, Juan Jose Campanella.

COURSE STUDIED: 3D For Visual Effects (Online)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: Definitely has to be… “Say hello to my little friend.” from Scarface

WHY VFX: Because my life is surrounded by things related to VFX, I consider myself a bit of a Geek; I love video games, animated TV series and sci-fi movies. Since I discovered 3D Animation and Digital Compositing, watching films like Star Wars or Terminator changed my career path, and made me decide “I want to be part of that”, I wanted to be one of those amazing artists who create breath taking images and effects. Now I'm beginning my path As digital compositor and I'm super happy to be living my dream.

PROJECTS: My favourite project thus far, is definitely the project I'm working on currently, "Foosball" ("Metegol" in Spanish). It's the first time that I’ve worked on a feature animation Film, it’s really quite amazing to work with so many talented artists and be a part of such a big project. At the end of the day it’s so rewarding to look back and see all that you've done, but much more exciting is being able to look ahead at the prospect of great things that are yet to be discovered.

ADVICE: I think that the best advice is: Study, be passionate and love what you do! You’re going to have to face lots and lots of challenges, (every day!) but it’s up to you to find the answers. Nowadays it’s really easy get information about any topic; there are amazing schools with talented teachers (Escape is proof of that). Read a lot too, there are many books with plenty of information available. Watch lots of movies, short films, videos and play videogames (something I find, is the best source of inspiration) and finally, ask other artists for their opinions, there are amazing people out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge.

To conclude, all you need is love for your work, and the desire to be prepared, I assure you that with time and effort you will see progress!

Kathy Tsola

3D For Visual Effects – Online Course

Kathy Tsola

Kathy Tsola speaks to us about what inspired her to get into VFX and her experience learning online from Greece

NAME: Kathy Tsola

COMPANY: Time-Slice Films / Freelance Junior VFX Artist / 3D Generalist

COURSE STUDIED: 3D For Visual Effects (Online)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: As I was recently trying to encourage my younger sister to watch some of my favourite films (what she considers a ‘golden oldie’), I must say Pulp Fiction: “Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead!”

THE COURSE: The Online 3D for VFX course was great. Everything was explained to the last detail and it was perfectly structured. Every week we received detailed feedback from our tutor and I loved the fact that we were able to see all our classmates’ feedback as well! It definitely answered questions that might not have been answered without this feature. In addition whatever our question or problem, it was immediately answered or resolved. It gave me the ability to combine work and study at the same time whilst never feeling I was losing out from physically attending a classroom course.

WHY VFX: I’ve had a geeky love for movies, animation and computer games since I was six, so I decided to study for a job where I could work on what I love! Before the course I was in Greece where I was creating panoramic video content for an audio-visual and events company, organising and running a range of company projects.

A little later down the road I began to pursue my life-long dream of working in the VFX industry. I found Escape Studios were offering online courses, so I decided to have a chat with them to find out more about the Mentored Visual Effects Course. I instantly decided to enrol and combined it with working in Greece.

PROJECTS: Since the course I’ve moved to London, working on and off for Time-Slice Films which has been really fun. They work on a range of international film and broadcast projects, so there’s never a dull moment. Check out Time-Slice's demo-reel here

ADVICE: To anyone thinking of studying VFX I would definitely say you have to love it. It’s a very competitive field where you have to continuously stay on top of your game. In my opinion you definitely have to be able to balance the creative with the technical side and be a bit of a computer geek!

 

Want to follow in Kathy's footsteps? If you’d like a little taste of how we go about teaching VFX online, try a two-week taster course. This is your chance to see if you have what it takes!

Gavin Platt

3D For Visual Effects – Online Course

Gavin Platt

Escape graduate and escapee Gavin Platt finishes Mentored Visual Effects Course with superb showreel.

COURSE: ONLINE MENTORED

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: “Oh,good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble” Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

BEST VFX SKILL LEARNT TO DATE? : My best skill is probably modelling and lighting in Maya, although I must say that as a youngster, I always loved trying to do stop motion using my old computer and a webcam - although I don’t practice it as much anymore, I’d love to hone that skill one day too!

WHY VFX? I always liked creating films on our old DV camcorder and editing using my old ‘emac’ computer I had when I was younger, and I think I've always thought that a career in the VFX industry would be great. But I only started to understand the different VFX processes and fields when I was searching for visual effects courses and came across Escape. I was looking for a course to do after coming out of short term employment after leaving school and I sort of stumbled across VFX, It was something that I had always been interested in.

ABOUT? Gavin studied our online mentored course in 2012, and has been perfecting his reel since finishing, he told us…  “when I’m not sharpening up my Maya skills, I enjoy playing football, (although it’s more 5 a side when i can fit it in these days).and like many VFX artists I’ve always liked movies and TV but only recently have started to fully appreciate both mediums, In fact, I think I’ve started to become a bit of a movie geek!”

Gavin's Top Tips

ADVICE:  Since I haven’t had any experience yet in the industry the only things I can say are about own abilities. But here goes! 

1) I would say that if you have ever had an interest in any form of film/media/computer design/animation or just love of film and visual media and are thinking of a VFX career, you should just go for it.
I remember thinking “is this right for me?” worrying about if I would be able to do it. Sometimes learning the new skills can be daunting and you feel that you’re not progressing, but just keep working hard at it and it will eventually click and you will see the progress you are making.

2) It can be hard work and sometimes you have to be a bit of a perfectionist to get a scene looking just right, but it is really a case of the more effort and attention you put in, the more you get out. It’s not just what you learn and the things you do on the course, but during and particularly after the course - messing around and practising with the software I’ll have made a huge improvement on my skills, you have to be willing to experiment and hone your skills in your own time as well.

3) I always try and remind myself just how far I’ve come, from knowing nothing and having absolutely no practical skills, to what I’m able to achieve and create now, and it can be the same for anyone else.   

Gavin's Showreel

Open Days

Open days

Our open days often feature guest industry speakers, so you can get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist. Watch this space for more information on when our next industry guest will be joining us and also when our next Open Days will be taking place.

Join us at our London campus to:

  • Learn about the specialised jobs in VFX and Compositing
  • Understand the course options which suit you
  • Be a fly-on-the-wall in one of our classroom courses
  • Review successful student reels
  • Understand what skills you need to become studio-ready
  • Learn about student perks and soak up the atmosphere

 

The next open day is Wednesday 30th of April

 

 

Online Virtual Learning Enviroment Tour

 

If you are thinking about studying Visual Effects online, then why not arrange for an Online VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Tour?

 

The purpose of the Online VLE Tour is to demonstrate how students use our Unique VLE system to study 3D or Compositing for VFX online. If this is something you're interested in, fill out the form to the right or call us on +44 (0) 207 348 1920 to schedule your Online Tour today. When selecting your dates and times please note we usually conduct tours Monday - Friday, from 10:00am - 5:00pm UK time (GMT).

 

Please email admissions@escapestudios.com if you need more information about our Open Day/Online Tours.