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Introduction to Effects Animation

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring effects animators to experience the creation process of computer simulated effects for the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability60%
Technical ability40%

Program Description

This online program is designed to enable aspiring effects animators to learn the process of creating Technical Effects. Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply correct workflow methods to their own models. Students will learn the process of transitioning from photographic and video reference to simulating finished technical effects.

Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).

What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

Who should attend this program?

Beginners, Aspiring effects animators, people that like to create computer simulations of natural phenomena with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using computer simulation software. Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.

Who is our target student?

Beginners, Aspiring effects animators who are deeply passionate about computer simulation.  Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.

Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course Assignment workload
Simple frame render, learning SOPs and Mantra
15-20 hours
2 INFXTD-200 
Animated renders, keyframing
15-20 hours
INFXTD-300 Throwing particles, wire DOP networks
15-20 hours
INFXTD-400 Procedural generation
15-20 hours

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.

Required Materials


  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection


  • Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software
  • Academic discounts are available to our students

Recommended Books

  • The VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures 2nd Edition

Next Start Date:

Starts on April 9th, 2018 - Application Deadline: 03.31.2018 23:59

System Requirements

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Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

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Your tuition is protected

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The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

VANAS has equipped me with a strong understanding of my profession and has given me a good base to continue to work upon. The teachers were absolute gems and really pushed me when I needed it. I really enjoyed the fact that they are working professionals that gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence I needed for a continuously updating industry.

Connect with us

270-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC.
V5J 3J1, Canada

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