“Becoming the Master
of Illusions”

DIGITAL DIRECTOR DIPLOMA IN 5 YEARS

(Master’s degree equivalent)

VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX) SPECIALIZATION

VFX COURSES

  • Image composition
  • Matte painting
  • Camera mapping
  • Environment Development
  • Tracking
  • Color Grading
  • FX : Houdini, ncloth, Hair & Fur, fluids, particles…
  • Digital Filmmaking, Lighting
  • Green Screen Filming
  • Concept Art
  • Stereography, photogrammetry

GOALS OF THE VISUAL EFFECTS SPECIALIZATION

  • Acquire cutting-edge artistic and technical skills in CGI and VFX
  • Master professional work habits (methodologies and VFX pipeline): supervising and directing a film, knowledge of the cinema and 3D professions, post-production methodologies, directing and monitoring a production, audiovisual law, management, business creation, etc.
  • Mastering the software needed for this field: Nuke, Maya, Zbrush, nCloth, Houdini, RealFlow, Hair & Fur, etc.

CAREER PATHS

The Visual Effects (VFX) sector has a wide range of highly sought-after careers that need more qualified artists:

  • Compositing artist
  • VFX supervisor,
  • Tracking specialist
  • Matte painter
  • Color grader, etc.

1ST YEAR > ACQUISITION OF SOLID BASES
2ND YEAR > BASIC KNOWLEDGE

3RD YEAR / VISUAL EFFECTS SPECIALIZATION

IMPROVEMENT OF CREATIVE & TECHNICAL SKILLS

GOALS

  • Improve your skills in 3D computer graphics, digital image editing and compositing (Maya, Nuke, shooting, lighting & light …)
  • Refine your artistic and creative skills (film analysis, screenplay, film culture, artistic development …)
  • Working in a team to complete a production project
ADMISSION PROCESS
  • BAC (or equivalent) + 2 years of higher education studies
  • Present an artistic portfolio demonstrating solid CGI knowledge
  • Participate in an individual interview and complete a written exam

4TH YEAR / VFX SPECIALIZATION

EXPERTISE: PERFECTING SKILLS, INTERNSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTS, AND PREPARATION OF GRADUATION PROJECTS

GOALS

  • Mastery of technical and artistic know-how
  • Internship of 6 to 8 weeks in a professional environment: adaptation and becoming a valued member of the team
  • Mastery of professional VFX software
  • Creating a professional demo reel
  • Management of a team and a project
  • Creation of innovative projects

5TH YEAR / VFX SPECIALIZATION

CREATION OF GRADUATION PROJECT, GRADUATION JURY & PREPARATION FOR FIRST PROFESSIONAL POSITION

This year is entirely devoted to the development of a graduation project and the transition into a professional environment.

During this year, students test their ability to supervise a team and projects in conditions identical to those within production studios.

Professionals intervene throughout the year to bring their expertise and share their experience. The 5th year ends with a graduation jury, which includes rapid job interviews. As a final graduation requirement, each student must complete a detailed report regarding his/her first postgraduate job or internship.

GOALS

  • Making a short VFX film
  • Confronting the realities of a production and developing additional professional experiences
  • Making a formal presentation in front of a jury of professional artists (representatives of the largest French and international production studios)
  • Participating in rapid job interviews and managing first job offers
ENTER ARTFX
  • Admission prerequisites
    • 1st YEAR: BAC (or equivalent) + artistic portfolio + individual interview + written exam
    • 2nd YEAR: BAC (or equivalent) + 1 year of higher education courses (preferably in Fine Arts) + artistic portfolio + individual interview + written exam
    • 3rd YEAR: BAC (or equivalent) + 2 years of higher education courses + artistic portfolio demonstrating skills around the specialization you want to pursue + individual interview + written exam
  • Annual tuition & fees (2018/2019)
    • 1st year : 6 900 €
    • 2nd to 5th year : 7 900 € / year

    Registration fees : 1st time (850 €) / renewal (350 €) / Additional costs to anticipate (Social Security, equipment and school supplies)

    Beginning in their second year of studies, all students are required to have a personal computer.

  • Application
    • Online application period begins November 17th, 2018.
    • Questions ?  Click here !
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