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Visual Effects

Professional training course

In this 17-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: Not available

    Next program: The VFX course will undergo changes from 2022. The format and dates are not available yet.

    Application deadline: Not available

    Fee:  3.995 EUR (29.711 DKK)

    Place: VIA University College, The Animation Workshop. Viborg, Denmark 

    More information:

    ”I appreciated how well rounded the course was. It gave us very good general knowledge of the whole pipeline and very professional teachers who are using that knowledge in the work that we want to do in the future. Thank you for everything, it was absolutely amazing! :)”
    - Ivan Gracin

    ”In reality it was too short but because it was going super great and I wished I could stay longer. It was a great experience that made me more confident as a professional. Its was perfect.”  -
    - Irene Arnaiz Lopez

  • Structure and content

    Through the intensive 17-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 junior VFX artists for film or animation studios.

    Software used (subject to change): Maya, Nuke, Arnold, Mari, Photoshop, 3D Equalizer, 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.
    • 17 weeks immersed in a creative and social environment
    • Assistance with housing, and travel advice

    Download the 2021 VFX Program (PDF)


    Final Projects

    Participants work on their own projects throughout the course. You can watch the course showreel and final projects from some of the previous years below

    VFX showreel 2021

    VFX 2019

    VFX showreel 2019

    VFX 2018

    VFX 2017


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

  • How to apply

    Applicants should ideally have some experience in CG.

    Please note that the intake for the VFX course is closed in 2022

    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 and anybody with an interest in creating visual effects. Applicants should ideally have a generalist background in modelling, texturing, lighting/shading and/or compositing, but we are happy to receive and review any application with relevant material that will allow the selection board to gauge the applicant’s skill level and level of experience. Applicants need to show previous CG and/or compositing work which can be in any form.

    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

    The King’s Man (2020), Luther (2019), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Cairo Confidential (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).

    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).

    Magnus Leopard

    Magnus Leopard

    Visual Effects artist at Ghost VFX

    Alumnus from the VFX course 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), The Mandalorian (2019), Star Trek: Picard (2020), Ragnarok (2020)

    Rens Heeren

    Rens Heeren

    Rens Heeren, NL. Lead Environments Artist at Framestore, London.

    Avengers: Endgame (2019), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Rogue One (2016), Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017).

    Claudia Marvisi

    Claudia Marvisi

    IT. Lead Texture Artist at Pixomondo for feature films and TV series.

    As Leading Artist she worked on projects such as Game of Thrones: The house of the Dragon (in progress), Without Remorse (2021), Star Trek Discovery (2020), Raised by Wolves (2020), Star Wars - The Mandalorian (2019), Midway (2019), etc. With the aim of bridging the gap between schools and the reality of VFX industry, she started devoting an increasing amount of time to teaching and mentoring activities, to contribute to the shaping of the next generation of artists.

  • 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 17-week course (119 days) 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 3.995 EUR (29.711 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. 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)

    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

    Per Kristensen

    Project Manager, Talent & Skills Development

    T: +45 87 55 49 55