Master's degree in 3D & VFX

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Master’s cycle in 5 years

The Master’s in 3D & Digital Special Effects trains high-level artists and professionals with all the skills required to join the most prestigious studios in France and internationally. Through practice and teamwork, each student will acquire the expertise required to produce a special effects film, such as creating sets and atmospheres and placing 3D inserts. From conception to post-production, including shooting and 3D production, creating a final film allows students to choose their preferred specialisation to guide their future career.

Admission baccalauréat
(secondary school leaving qualification) level
  • Exclusive of Parcoursup: you apply directly to the school.
  • Tests + creative folder + interview

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Lille or Paris

1 class of 25 students is organised on each site.


Course in French 🇫🇷
and English 🇬🇧

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A professional qualification
recognised by the State

Awards the qualification of “digital producer” (lev.7, equivalent B +5 (5th year), registered in the Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles (national directory of professional certifications) on 14 September 2020

The academic year runs from October to mid-June

The Master’s in 3D & Digital Special Effects is a 5-year programme designed to train professionals with a solid understanding of visual effects and an excellent technical level. Students can effectively work as soon as they leave school, and are able to adapt to future technological developments and supervise a team eventually. During their studies, students complete at least one internship lasting at least six weeks and benefit from masterclasses with partner studios. In the 5th year, they make a short film with special effects which is screened before a professional panel.

Year 1 The basics

Like all courses, the 1st year consolidates the basics and confirms the choice of orientation. Building on English skills.

Basic art skills

Observation drawing, figure drawing & anatomy, perspective, sculpture, colour & light

Cultural development

Creativity, storytelling, image grammar, photography, screenplay, film and video game culture

Workshops to explore professions

Directing, 3D modelling, matte painting, programming, storyboard, 2D animation, charadesign, video games

Collaborative and individual projects

Year 2 Orientation

One year to choose your area of activity.

Visual development

Concept art, character design, anatomy, figure drawing, sculpture

Directing and storytelling

Screenplay, storyboard, storytelling, image grammar, photography, film culture

Professional workshops

Production, 3D computer generated images, 3D animation, green screen filming, compositing, real time, visual effects, image and sound editing

Making a short film

Year 3 Specialisation

A year to refine your choice of specialisation. Teaching in English.

Visual development

Concept art, character design

Mise en scène et storytelling

Screenplay, storyboard, layout, shooting

Professional workshops

FX Houdini, 3D environment, compositing, tracking, 3D Procedural, character modeling, rigging, texturing, lighting, effects, programming, management

Making a short film with special effects in a team

Year 4 Professional program

A foot in the world of work.Teaching in English.

Production of a demo professional reel

Specialised workshops

Lighting, Look Dev, compositing, tracking, FX Houdini, 3D environment, calibration

Management of projects and of teams

Masterclasses with partner studios

Internship six weeks minimum in studio

Year 5 Production

Carrying out your professional project.

End-of-studies project

Creating and making an end-of-studies short film with special effects

Coaching in English

Presentation to a professional panel

Professional meetings

Job Dating

Learning objective

Nowadays, you only have to watch a film or a series to appreciate that special effects are everywhere.
Behind every shot is a team of artists and technicians.
The ARTFX school is known by all the major VFX studios across the world for the quality of its teaching and the excellence of its students.
Studying at ARTFX gives you every opportunity to train for a highly sought-after profession and to forge an exciting career path.


  • All types of baccalauréat (secondary school leaving qualification), art foundation
  • Parallel admissions possible in 2nd and 3rd years
  • Your level will be evaluated during the admission session to offer you the appropriate orientation.

Tuition fees

Years 1 to 5 :
€8,900/year in Lille and Montpellier
€9,200/year in Paris
Excluding enrollment fees


Software used

  • Zbrush
  • Maya
  • Arnold
  • Clarisse
  • Houdini
  • Substance Designer
  • Substance Painter
  • Da Vinci Resolve
  • SynthEyes
  • Affinity Photo
  • Mari
  • Nuke

Careers and main occupations studied

•Special effects supervisor
•FX artist
•Compositing artist
•Rigging artist, matte painter
•Environment artist
•Lighting-rendering artist
•Concept artist, etc.

Examples of productions

Work and talent


ARTFX has taught me how to work in a team, how to tackle projects, and how to communicate and receive constructive feedback.
I was lucky enough to be hired before I’d even finished my degree.
Within a year, I joined the One of Us studios in London to work on the ‘Matrix 4’ film. And now I’m at Industrial Light & Magic!

Cédric Moens de Hase CG generalist Industrial Light & Magic – Promo 2020

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