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FX-TD Diploma

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The FX-TD Diploma program provides aspiring technical artists with the necessary foundation tools and the skills to become successful Effects Technical Directors. 

Type: Online Diploma
Duration: 12 months
Start Dates: Sep, Jan, Apr, Jul;
Admission Requirements: See below.


Program Description

The Effects Technical Director (FX-TD) online program is designed to enable aspiring effects animators to learn the process of creating 3D technical effects using various 3D computer software.  Through a series of assignments students will learn how to create different types of effects simulations.  Students will learn how to create both Expressions and procedural geometry generation.  Students will create their own technical effects for their final projects.

 

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.

 

Program Duration

The FX-TD Diploma at Vancouver Animation School is a 4 term intensive. The Program consists of 20 hours of instruction consisting of 2 hours of live sessions plus activities per week. A total duration of 990 hours is delivered in 12 months.

 

Study and Work in Canada

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.  Students will need to apply for a Student Visa and are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.  Citizen and Immigration Canada reserves the right to grant student visas and work permits on an individual basis.  In order to apply for a Student Visa, students must be accepted into the program.

 

Who should attend this program?

Aspiring Technical Artists, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like technical challenges, to create visual effects through physics and have a wild imagination.  People with the technical ability to convey their ideas through Computer Simulation software.

 

Who is our target student?

Aspiring Technical Artists who are deeply passionate about real world simulation through complex computer algorythms. People who already recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Entertainment industries.   At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to make you succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy

 

Who is not our target student for this program?

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

 

Admission Requirements

  • High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older - Complete application form including non-refundable fees
  • Pass General Assessment test
  • Portfolio. If no portfolio is included, student must successfully pass the Introduction to FX-TD course
  • International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a conversational oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify their level of English

 

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes:  8 students
  • 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session (Watch sample class)
  • Weekly assignments comprised of milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 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
  • Although all instruction is provided online, for students on a study permit, 20 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for interaction.  Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software to the VANAS Labs

 

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

- Classes are delivered 100% online
- Small class sizes:  8 students
- 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session (Watch sample class)
- Weekly assignments comprised of milestones and deadlines
- Online activities
- Assignments workload 20 - 25 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.
- Although all instruction is provided online, for students on a study permit, 20 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for interaction.  Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software.

Program Outline

Year TermCode Name of CourseCreditsDuration
1Term 1
FXTD-100Effects Software Foundations
63 Months
  COOL-100Online collaboration and activities3 
      
1Term 2
FXTD-200 Effects Design63 Months
  COOL-200Online collaboration and activities3 
      
1Term 3
FXTD-300 Effects Production63 Months
  COOL-300Online collaboration and activities3 
      
1Term 4
FXTD-400 Portfolio: Final Effects Projects63 Months
  BUSI-400Business and Job Development
3 
      
   Total:
3612 Months 

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum for the Digital Matte painting online program has been carefully designed in extensive consultation with the Moving Picture Company (Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, Spiderman) in Vancouver, Canada.

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Required Materials

Internet
Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs.

Internet broadband / High Speed connection.


Software and Hardware

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware and Software. Academic discounts are available to our enrolled students.

 

System Requirements

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     Windows: XP, Vista Vista 64 bit
     Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
     8 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Internet browser (Firefox, Chrome recommended)
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader

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     Mac OSX Tiger or newer                    
     Processor: G5 / Intel
     8 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Internet browser (Firefox, Chrome recommended)
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader

 

Software Requirements

  
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Additional Information

Graduation
Students must complete every assignment in the program and obtain a minimum average of letter B- (73%) per term to graduate successfully.

Alumni
Graduates follow careers as TD Effects Animator, Environmental Effects Animator for the Entertainment industry. These professionals typically work in Animation, Visual Effects Studios producing films, TV series.

 

Tuition in Canadian Dollars

See Tuition and Fees breakdown

 

Your Tuition is Protected

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). Read More

 

Graduation in Vancouver, Canada

 

 


 

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