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Visual Effects

Professional training course

In this 16-week professional training course, you will get an understanding of the VFX-pipeline and learn how to create photo realistic digital elements, and seamlessly integrate them into live-action footage.

About Visual Effects

  • Facts

    Title: Visual Effects

    Language: English

    Credits: The course is not accredited with ECTS-points

    Duration of the program: 16 weeks

    Next program: Fall 2020: August 17 – December 11, 2020

    Application deadline: June 10, 2020 

    Fee: 3.400 EUR / 25.330 DKK (2020)

    More information:

  • Structure and content

    Through the intensive 16-week course, you get an understanding of the whole VFX pipeline and gain the right knowledge, skills and confidence as a VFX generalist.

    We equip you with the knowledge and skills to create photo realistic computer graphics and integrate them seamlessly with live action footage. This will range from set extensions through vehicles. In addition to exercises, you will be working on a personal project throughout the course. The instructors will help you define and shape it using recorded live action footage.

    Each week consists of artistic and technical lectures, film analysis, assignments, evaluations, one-on-one/group critiques and tutoring, and production simulation. At the end of the course, we will be happy to give showreel advice, and you will be ready to start to work immediately as VFX generalists for film or animation studios.

    Software used: Maya, Nuke, Arnold/V-Ray, Mari, Photoshop, 3D Equalizer, Clarisse, and Substance Painter.

    What you get:

    • An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals
    • Instructors are all active professionals with updated and production-tested knowledge
    • Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
    • Access 24-7 to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software
    • Art and didactic material
    • Access to camera equipment
    • A professional network
    • Access to all extra-curricular activities: sports, lectures, parties etc.
    • 16 weeks immersed in a creative and social environment
    • Assistance with housing, and travel advice

    Download the 2019 VFX Program (PDF)

    Get a taste of the work done on the Visual Effect course here


    See some of the final projects during the course here:

    VFX 2018

    VFX 2017


    Curious about who our teachers are? Meet some of them here

  • How to apply

    Applicants should have a sold generalist background in modeling, texturing, lighting/shading and compositing, since all classes will cover advanced topics.

    Applications for Fall 2019 are over. Please note that the application deadline for the Fall 2020 program is June 10, 2020.

    In addition to basic information, you are asked to provide a CV, motivation letter and a showreel/portfolio. The VFX course is designed for and open to CG, compositing and VFX artists. 
    Applicants should have a solid generalist background in modelling, texturing, lighting/shading and compositing, since all classes will cover advanced topics.

    In the event of a successful application to the course, you will receive a signed acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. In this connection, we ask you to confirm your seat as soon as possible afterward.

  • Instructors

    Leigh Russel is a teacher at Computer Graphics Art

    Leigh Russel

    CG consultant

    Leigh Russell has been making digital images for over 25 years. He has been working on projects like Star Wars, Interstellar, Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

    Giancarlo Gallinoro

    Giancarlo Gallinoro

    Environment artist, alumnus from the VFX course 2015

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

    Marc Tingle

    Environment TD at Framestore

    Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and The Junglebook: Origins (2018)

    Peter Anlauf

    Freelance Digital Compositor at RISE | Visual Effects Studios. Alumnus from the VFX course 2016.

    Mack the Knife (2018), Deutschland 86 (2018), Babylon Berlin (2017) & Rewind: Die Zweite Chance (2017).

    Michael Hansen

    Michael Hansen

    Compositor, CEO at Paracosmic Studios, Denmark

    Josh Parks

    Josh Parks

    Senior VFX Compositor at Important Looking Pirates / Writer at 3DWorld / Nuke Trainer

    Mission Impossible – Fallout (2018), Ready Player One (2018), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Transformers - the Last Knight (2017).

    Thomas Bertrand

    Thomas Bertrand

    CG generalist at Nexus Studios

    Director, CGI artist, teacher at Ecole MOPA.

    Gianpietro Fabre

    Gianpietro Fabre

    Texture artist at Framestore, London

    Avengers: Endgame (2019), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Wonder Woman (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

    Stoimen Dimitrov

    Stoimen Dimitrov

    Digital Matte Painter at Framestore, Montreal

    The Aeronauts (2019), Shazam! (2019), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018), Justice League (2017).

    Carlos Tacón

    Carlos Tacón

    Visual Effects artist at Ghost VFX

    Alumnus from the VFX course 2018

    Magnus Leopard

    Magnus Leopard

    Visual Effects artist at Ghost VFX

    Alumnus from the VFX course 2018

    Frederik Storm

    Frederik Storm

    Art director & Cofounder, Monkey Tennis ApS

    Hugo Guerra

    Director & VFX Supervisor

    Walking Dead: March to War (2017), Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013), Watch Dogs 2 (2016)

  • Information for non-EU applicants

    The VFX course is supported by Creative Europe/MEDIA program of the EU. We accept up to 20% participants from non-EU countries.

    Please be aware that there is a discrepancy between the 16-week (112 days) course and the normal 90-day tourist visa to Denmark that applicants would normally be able to get without difficulties.

    The VFX course is currently offered as a single-subject course, which under the current Danish immigration laws does not warrant a residence permit under “higher educational programs” for course participants.

    You can find further information about visas and residence permits on the official portal for foreigners.

  • Fees and finances

    The course fee is 2950 EUR (22,000 DKK). TAW offers three types of scholarships to help fund your course.

    The fee is the same for all participants regardless of nationality, unless awarded a scholarship. As per the rules of our co-funder Creative Europe MEDIA, The Animation Workshop can offer scholarships to course participants from so-called low production capacity countries, but in special cases, course participants from other EU countries, as well as non-EU countries, will be taken into consideration as well. The Animation Workshop cannot grant a scholarship to every applicant but we try our best to help as much as possible.

    You can apply for three types of scholarships:

    • Travel to and from Viborg at the beginning and end of the course
    • Housing (rent and utilities)
    • Course fee (part or full coverage)

    Please note, you must submit a course application form before you can apply for a scholarship. The application deadline for the course and for scholarships is the same, so please make sure you submit both forms before the deadline.

    You can apply for multiple categories, but please be realistic of what you need. Some applicants rely completely on a scholarship to be able to attend the course. You will receive an invoice for the entire course fee shortly before the start of the course. This will be sent as a PDF attachment to your e-mail.

  • Housing

    TAW offer to help you find accommodation during your course.

    We aim to locate housing options that are furnished and located close to the school, and which provide you with the opportunity to live with other adult course participants from the same course program.

    The prices range between 3-400 EUR (2200-3000 DKK) per month.

    You will be offered a specific accommodation by the housing organization shortly after you have been accepted into the course. Rooms offered are typically located in the dormitory Camp Logos, which is located right next to TAW. Please note that TAW cannot guarantee that you get the specific room type you have requested. In some cases, we just have to accept what is currently available from the housing organization.

    Practical information

    All rooms in Camp Logos are furnished with a bed, bedside table, bedside lamp, room divider, desk, chair and kitchenette. Please note that there are no kitchen utensils for the kitchenette in the room, but you can buy utensils at second hand shops in Viborg. The school will provide a duvet and pillow, so you will only need to bring bed sheets and towels. There is also a shared kitchen and common area at your disposal.

    As a PRO course participant, you only have to pay a reduced deposit of 2500 DKK (instead of 10.000 DKK).

    If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact

  • Contact

    Per Kristensen is Project Manager at The Professional Training Department

    Per Kristensen

    Project Manager, Professional Training

    T: +45 87 55 49 55