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Introduction to Effects Technical Director

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The Introductory certificate course in Technical Computer Effects welcomes aspiring Computer Technical Artists to experience the exciting world of FX-TDs.

Type: Online Certificate
Cost: $499 CAD (includes application fee of $125)
Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 month
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep.
Admission Requirements: None

Course Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Computer simulated effects.  In this introductory Effects Technical Director Online Certificate Course you will learn why Computer Technical Artists play such an important role in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries.  Their mission is to bring the illusion of natural phenomena to connect with the audience, to make people believe. Computer Technical Effects are in the last stages of the studio pipeline, they are studying real life simulations for the next blockbuster movie or next best-selling game.  This is an introductory online FX-TD Certificate Course.


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.


Delivery Methods

  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 15:1 Student Ratio
  • 1:1 Personalized Critiques


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • Weekly Live Classes scheduled on your time preferences provided in your application
  • Weekly Assignments (Four assignments total)
  • Assignments Workload: 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Weekly 1 on 1 personalized critiques (4 critiques total)
  • Total hours of instruction: 7 hours
  • Total hours of assignments: 40 - 80 hours



Course Outline

Simple frame render (learning SOPS and Mantra)
Animated Render (KeyFrames)
Throwing particles (Simple Scatter and Particles (wire DOP network)
Simple frame render (Build a forest, copy Stamp), procedural generation.

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



Who should attend this class?

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.


Software needed

Houdini FX Learning Edition


System Requirements


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the student will have a basic understanding of Computer Simulated Technical Effects. Students will have gone through the process of computer simulation effects; all in their own personal  style.



Credits of this course can be used towards our Diploma Programs within six months of completion.


Academic Credential

A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration but specialized training program.  We are a studio school (20% theory 80% hands on).  Students will graduate with a Certificate credential.



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