Digital Visual Effects

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Program Code: 6435

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: osyed@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2037

The Digital Visual Effects program is the only two-year college diploma offering of its kind in Ontario. Facilitated at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, it provides you the opportunity to learn the industry-standard techniques required to produce the photo-realistic visual effects seen in films that would be impossible to capture with a live action camera.

In this diploma program's courses, you learn to work with the various aspects of the filmmaking process and bring them together into a seamless final product, while also developing your skills in industry-standard software. The Digital Visual Effects program focuses on the core skills needed to make you employable in the VFX industry and gives you the ability to explain how visual effects contribute to the entire process of storytelling in motion pictures.

You channel your efforts into demonstrating these concepts and core skills through a unique final project, for which you produce a demo reel suitable for job application in the visual effects field.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre
DVFX-101 History of VFX in Film Story Arts Centre
DVFX-102 Cinematography & The Camera Story Arts Centre
DVFX-103 Editorial and Video Production Story Arts Centre
DVFX-104 Concept Design Story Arts Centre
DVFX-105 Intro 3D Story Arts Centre
DVFX-106 Intro 2D Story Arts Centre
DVFX-199 Creativity In Context Story Arts Centre
DVFX-301 Pre-Production and Previs Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Story Arts Centre
DVFX-201 VFX Photography and On-set data gathering Story Arts Centre
DVFX-203 Camera & Object Tracking Story Arts Centre
DVFX-204 Intro Compositing Story Arts Centre
DVFX-205 Intro Rendering Story Arts Centre
DVFX-206 Intro Matte Painting and Set-Extension Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
DVFX-304 Advanced Compositing Story Arts Centre
DVFX-305 Advanced Rendering Story Arts Centre
DVFX-306 Advanced Matte Painting & Set-Extension Story Arts Centre
DVFX-307 Intro FX Dynamics Story Arts Centre
DVFX-402 Career Management Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
DVFX-403 Scripting Story Arts Centre
DVFX-405 Group Final Project Studio Story Arts Centre
DVFX-410 Field Placement Story Arts Centre
DVFX-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • You learn industry-standard techniques in image processing, editing, lighting, rendering, matte painting, set extension, compositing and post VFX that employers are looking for.
  • During the program, you produce a marketable demo and self-promotional package suitable for the VFX industry.
  • A field placement in the final semester provides a valuable opportunity to work in the visual effects industry.
  • You attend Digital Visual Effects courses at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, located close to Toronto's downtown core and the major VFX studios.
  • During your time in the program, you study and work in labs that are equipped with the latest tools and industry-standard software.
  • The program provides a practical, hands-on and entrepreneurial approach that prepares you for sustainable VFX-related careers.
  • Opportunities exist to collaborate with students in the digital animation, game design, photography, broadcasting, music, art and theatre programs at the Story Arts Centre. This is a unique opportunity to network, learn and work with industry professionals.

Career Outlook

  • Lighter
  • Look development artist
  • Matte painter
  • Compositor

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Digital Visual Effects program admission session, where you submit a portfolio of work that should demonstrate creativity and an ability to communicate visually

We recommend your portfolio pieces include:

  • 3 Digital landscape paintings
  • 4 Digital art pieces (e.g. character concepts, 3D sculptures/models, video editing, photography and graphic design) 
  • 1 Interior perspective drawing
  • 1 Shaded hand drawing
  • 2 Additional traditional art pieces (e.g. landscape paintings, life drawings, sculptures and sketches) 

Optional pieces can include:

  • 1 Computer programming piece (e.g. original website, scripts, plugins) 

Your presentation should be neat and simple and not distracting from the work itself. 

This portfolio is best presented on a web blog or neatly organized on a USB key. Please photograph or scan traditional art work. 

Note:

  • After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book a Digital Visual Effects program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $6,066.00 $1,013.00 $7,079.00
International $13,283.00 $2,296.00 $15,579.00